Repeating an Exam

Policy on Repeats and Resubmissions of an Assessment

Purpose

This policy provides information about the rules for repeats and resubmissions of assessments. It applies to assessments which lead to QQI Common Awards Levels 4 to 6, Interim Standards and Apprenticeships.

QQI Common Awards at Levels 1 to 3 are developmental. This means that learners are classified as ‘successful’ when they have achieved all the assessment outcomes or ‘unsuccessful’ if they have not achieved all the outcomes. Learners at Levels 1 to 3 may resubmit or repeat assessment activities until they have passed the activity. This may depend on the operational constraints of the provider, for instance whether or not there is enough time on a course for a learner to repeat.

Referral Assessment Result

1. QQI Common Awards Levels 4 to 6 (non-Apprenticeship)

A Referral Assessment Result is when a learner does not achieve an overall pass grade when all the assessments for a module are put together. The grade is recorded as ‘Referral’.

For some awards, a learner must get a minimum mark for each assessment technique to achieve a pass. In these cases the overall result is still calculated on the combined results of all the assessments.

In the event of a Referral the following process may be applied:

    Resubmission of Portfolio, Project, Assignment and Learner Record

  • Based on feedback from the assessor, learners will be given the opportunity to resubmit, once only, any exercises from the specific assessment technique (for example, portfolio, projects, assignments, learner records) in which they did not achieve 50% of the marks available.
  • The maximum mark available for a resubmitted exercise is 50%. For example, even if a learner achieves 100% when they repeat the exercise, the most they can be awarded for the exercise is 50%.
  • Where a resubmitted exercise is awarded 50% of the marks available, this result is combined with the marks that a learner has already been awarded in the other elements of the assessment.

    Repeat of Examination or Skills Demonstration

  • Where a learner does not achieve 50% of the marks available in an examination or skills demonstration, they will be given an opportunity to repeat the examination or demonstration.
  • There are no restrictions on marks from repeats. This means that learners can get the same marks in the repeat exam as they could have gotten in the original examination or skills demonstration.
  • The number of repeat opportunities should not exceed three.

2. QQI Interim Standards Levels 4 to 6 (non-Apprenticeship)

A Referral Assessment Result is when a learner does not achieve a pass grade in that assessment. The grade is recorded as ‘Referral’.

For some awards, a learner must get a minimum mark for each assessment technique to achieve a pass. In these cases the overall result is still calculated on the combined results of all the assessments.

  • At least five days must pass before a learner can reattempt a Referred Assessment
  • An award of a Credit is only available to learners who fulfil the necessary conditions on the first attempt at that assessment. Learners who pass a referred assessment at a second or third attempt will only be awarded a Pass Grade
  • The pass mark for Construction Skills and Quarrying Skills theory tests is 70%. Learners who achieve a Referral Grade in theory tests cannot undertake the practical test until a Pass Grade has been achieved in the theory test.
  • The overall module grade is calculated by combining all the assessment grades for the module.
  • The number of repeat opportunities should not exceed three.

3. Apprenticeship

The Apprenticeship Policy on repeats of a module assessment component also applies to programmes providing QQI Awards under Interim Standards. A Referral assessment result is recorded when an apprentice does not achieve a pass in a module assessment component. The grade is recorded as ‘Referral’.

  • According to the Labour Service Act 1987 – Apprenticeship Rules 1997, apprentices have the right to attempt each off-the-job assessment up to three times.
  • An apprentice’s contract may be automatically terminated if they fail to reach the minimum qualifying standard specified by An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna in any of the modular assessments during off-the-job training after three attempts. Second and further attempts must be taken according to the procedures specified by An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna for each trade.
  • At least five days must pass before an apprentice can re-sit a referred module.
  • A Credit Grade is only awarded to apprentices who pass the component on their first attempt. Apprentices who successfully pass a referred assessment at a second or third attempt will only be awarded a Pass Grade.
  • The Pass Mark for the Practical, Drawing Modules and Course Work is 70% based on all essential points achieved.
  • The Pass Mark for Theory examinations is 70%.
  • In the case of Aircraft Mechanic examinations the Pass Mark for all modular assessments is 75% and an apprentice cannot re-sit a module in which they did not achieve the standard for at least 90 days after the exam date. Sometimes an approved maintenance training organisation, runs a retraining course tailored to the subjects in which the apprentice did not achieve the standard. When this happens an apprentice can resit the particular module after 30 days.

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