Explaining Trinity’s calculated results for Music and Drama grades in Summer 2020

For our adapted assessments, Trinity is using a mixture of direct assessment and calculation to award the Classical and Jazz grades, Rock & Pop grades, and Drama grades under Ofqual’s Extraordinary Regulatory Framework. To make this process as clear and transparent as possible to candidates, and to ensure you know what to expect and when, we explain here the process used to arrive at the results.

How does the marking work?

The majority of the exam is directly assessed by the examiner:

  • In Classical & Jazz exams, between 66 and 68% of the exam is assessed through the performance of the pieces
  • In Rock & Pop, 80% of the exam is assessed through performance of the pieces
  • In Drama, between 60 and 80% of the exam is assessed through performance of pieces.

The rest of the exam result is calculated using the marks awarded by our examiners for the pieces. Calculation is a means of predicting the marks a candidate would have achieved for the missing technical work and supporting tests, based on the outcomes of the performance of their pieces and supported by analysis of our global historic exam data. It takes into account the specific syllabus, instrument and grade and is directly related to the mark achieved by the candidate for the performance of their pieces.

How do we know it’s reliable?

To ensure the reliability and validity of our approach, we developed and analysed multiple methods of adapting our exams to ensure that we adopted a process that would provide candidates with fair and positive outcomes. We are confident in this predictive model because many of the skills assessed through the technical work and supporting tests are implicit within the performance of the pieces. For example, in the case of music, the same musical skills that are required for accuracy when playing scales are also demonstrated when playing the repertoire pieces.

Unlike the algorithm used for calculating GCSE and A-Level results in the UK, we are not using calculation to change an individual’s predicted mark, nor to moderate results against a ‘rank order’ based on the historical performance of a school or centre. Our method functions as a means of prediction of only the missing marks, based on the candidate’s own performance as assessed directly by one of Trinity’s examiners.

We have also put in place the following quality assurance measures:

  • Examiner training and standardisation in video-based assessment for every examiner involved
  • Moderation and double marking
  • Ongoing analysis of the results by our validation team

When will I receive my final result?

Once you have uploaded your videos to the online portal, you will receive your assessment from an examiner. This will consist of:

  • A mark for each of your pieces
  • Feedback comments for each of your pieces

Please note that the statistical approach we are using to predict the mark for the outstanding test elements is not a simple ‘scaling up’ of the score received for the pieces: we tested this approach and found it to be an inaccurate prediction that disadvantaged some candidates. Instead, our calculations take account of differences between syllabuses and grade levels. As such, please be advised that scaling up your own mark (eg converting your mark out of 66 to a mark out of 100) will not be a reliable indicator of the final result you will receive.

It can take up to 6 weeks (8 weeks for diplomas) for your final result to arrive, and you can log in to the portal to see your overall result and grade band.

Can I appeal my result?

The usual routes for appealing your result are available to you. See here for information: www.trinitycollege.com/help/customer-services/enquiries-about-results 

Frequenty asked questions

The calculation is specific to the syllabus, instrument and grade and so it is possible for candidates with the same ‘raw score’ (mark for their pieces) to achieve different overall results.

Our calculations create a predicted mark for the outstanding test elements. We recognise that a lower than expected mark will be disappointing, and there is information on results reviews and appeals here www.trinitycollege.com/help/customer-services/enquiries-about-results 

The algorithm employed by Ofqual for the national school results is a different statistical approach that moderates centre-assessed grades according to the historical results profile of an individual school. The majority of Trinity’s graded exam result is achieved through direct assessment of the candidate’s video submission, and the calculation is only used to provide the missing marks for the final result.

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