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AAT admits ‘we got it wrong’ over MDCL
"The bottom line is we got it wrong with MDCL,” said AAT director of education Suzie Webb. She told a packed AAT Training Provider Conference that there was no pretty way to say it and she said she was “very sorry” for the problems tutors and students had had with the assessment.
Webb stressed that it was now her priority to ensure there are no residual problems with the MDCL assessment and that no student is disadvantaged.
There were audible groans from the audience when she mentioned MDCL, and Webb promised the assessment will be continually monitored with questions being reviewed and revised. She explained that all other assessments were also under review.
Webb stressed that AQ2013 is still available until the end of the year. The cut-off point is 31 December 2017, and she told tutors that they needed to prepare students for that date.
She revealed that since its introduction on
1 September students have sat 104,000 AQ2016 assessments (until the end of April). She did, however, stress that pass rates would only be released when 500 or more students have sat the assessment.
Webb also tried to end speculation that the practice assessments don’t compare to real assessements. The tests are written by the same people who do ‘the real thing’ and she believes they are vital resource, helping to introduce students to the technology.
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