Waterlooville students’ fears over wrong exam questions

EXAM FEARS From left, Luke Colenutt and George Funnell.   Picture: Allan Hutchings (112218-063)
EXAM FEARS From left, Luke Colenutt and George Funnell. Picture: Allan Hutchings (112218-063)
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TWO students who sat exams with unanswerable questions fear they will not have enough marks to get to university.

Luke Colenutt, 19, sat an A-level business studies paper and maths paper – but both carried wrong questions.

Luke, of Cherry Tree Avenue, Waterlooville, needs three Bs to get to Liverpool University to study physical geography.

He said: ‘Two of my exams had problems and, even though they were low mark questions, it meant I was spending more time on them.

‘The questions just didn’t make sense.

‘You’re supposed to spend a minute per mark. The incorrect business question was worth only three marks, but I spent 15 minutes on it.

‘I knew I was running behind with the rest of the paper, so just rushed through it. I couldn’t finish the paper properly and even put at the bottom that I ran out of time.

‘I want to go to university this year and don’t want to have to resit exams in January as that will delay me by a whole year.’

Fellow student George Funnell, of High Trees, Waterlooville, who wants to study business management at Surrey University, was also caught up in the wrong exam question.

He said: ‘Competition to get into university is tough as it is, so all this adds extra stress.

‘It also means you lose faith in the exam boards and you don’t feel you can trust future exam papers.’

The students are due to get their exam results on August 18.

Both exam boards – OCR and AQA – have apologised for the mistakes.

OCR spokesman Bene’t Steinberg said: ‘OCR apologises to the students involved. Every one of the 16,000 questions on all 800 papers we produce over summer should be properly produced.’

And AQA spokeswoman Claire Ellis added: ‘Any error in an exam paper is unacceptable and we are very sorry about the mistakes in our papers and for the distress they have caused students.’