OCR GCSE English Literature Exam Error Update

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One of the country's biggest exam boards, OCR, has admitted to an error in Friday's English Literature GCSE exam, taken by around 14,000 teenagers. The mistake related to a question on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in which the family background of a key character, Tybalt, was mixed up. It suggested he is a Montague when in fact he is a Capulet. The board apologised and said no candidates would lose out, but head teachers said the error was "serious".

The mistake related to a question on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in which the family background of a key character, Tybalt, was mixed up.
It suggested he is a Montague when in fact he is a Capulet.
The board apologised and said no candidates would lose out, but head teachers said the error was "serious".

In a statement, a spokesman for the OCR exam board, which set the paper, said: "We're aware of an error in today's OCR GCSE English Literature paper. "We apologise and will put things right when the exam is marked and graded so no student need worry about being disadvantaged. "We are investigating as a matter of urgency how this got through our assurance processes."

A full question and answer explanation by the exam board can be found via the following link.

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Published: Friday, 30 Jun 2017


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