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This article shows you how to set and review an exam paper on Blutick. Setting a past exam paper can help you to test how well your students’ revision is going and get their minds in gear for formal examinations.

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The Exams feature can be used for GCSE Mock Exams and revision, end of topic/year exams or even school entrance exams. All of our exams are based on real past papers set to students in the UK.

Creating an exam

Which exams do you have?

We have multiple GCSE exams available at both Foundation and Higher levels, with more planned! All Blutick exams have automatic marking to the individual examination mark schemes.

Can I make changes to the exam?

Teachers can set the calculator to on/off, set a date for the exam, allow resits, and change or extend the allotted time. The exam questions cannot be altered, however you can toggle whether values are randomised or not – when switched on this will generate random values for the numbers in most questions, so each student will receive different questions.

How to set an exam on Blutick

First, use the sidebar to go to “Tests and Exams” and select “Create an Exam”. Then enter a name for your exam and select an exam from the dropdown list. Click the green “Create Exam” button.

Create a GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

On the Manage Exam page, select which class(es) you wish to take the exam from the dropdown list. Use the toggles to tailor the exam to your requirements. Finally, click the green “Update Exam” button to set the exam.

Update a GCSE Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

How to give individual students extra time in exams

Blutick allows you to easily add extra time to exams for students that need it.

When on the Manage Exam page, click “Show Extra Time Options” (just below the toggles and above the “Exam Content” description). Make sure you’ve selected a class first!

Manage Exam Show Extra Time Options - Blutick Maths Online

Your class list now appears. Simply enter the extra time allowed for any student as a percentage of the exam time limit (whole numbers only). For instance, here the main exam is 90 minutes long, but student Luke Archibald has 20% extra time.

Manage Exam page indicating added time for a student - Blutick Maths Online

This gives Luke the original 90 minutes plus an extra 18 minutes to complete the exam.

When students are given extra time, their Blutick exam summary shows them their calculated total time allowed. It does not display additional time allowed as “extra”.

Student Home page showing outstanding exam - Blutick Maths Online

Student Exam Summary page indicating total time allowed

Please note that if necessary the system will round calculated extra time to the nearest whole number of minutes.

How to let students see their marks awarded in real time

When on the Manage Exam page, switch the toggle to “Yes”. If you would also like students to be able to see the marking criteria as they work through an exam, switch that toggle to “Yes”.

Create Exam page showing toggle switches

When the student takes the exam, the marks available for each question appear on the top-right of each question page.

As the student earns each mark, a tick appears beside it.

Student view of an exam question, indicating mark awarded for correct working

A tooltip shows the student the marking criteria if they move the cursor over the mark. If you set the toggle “Make Marking Criteria Visible” to “No”, these tooltips will not appear.

Student view of an exam question, with tooltip displaying mark criteria

Be aware that this feature only shows students their marks awarded on a question-by-question basis. It does not give them a final mark for the whole exam.

What do my students need to know before starting a Blutick exam?

Click here for a student-focussed introduction to Blutick exams. Students will benefit from familiarity with the Blutick platform before they start the exam – they should enter answers just like a usual Blutick question.

Students can use the Blutick maths editor keyboard to help them enter their working accurately. Click here to find out more about entering mathematical symbols.

Some students may prefer to handwrite their working; they can use Writing Maths to do this. Click here to find out more about the Writing Maths feature.

Please note that students will not get support or feedback from the Blutick AI teacher when answering questions. Blutick exams aim to be as close to exam conditions as possible with an online exam.

Exam results

How do I view the results?

From the Manage Tests and Exams page, click the green “View Results” button for the relevant Exam. This will take you to an Exam Summary page, where you can see an overview of your students’ work, similar to the Test Summary pages.

Click the green “View By Question” button to switch from viewing the whole class to viewing the overall results of all the questions. Click “View By Student” to return to the class view.

View Results GCSE Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

When viewing by student, click on a student’s mark to see an overview of how each question was answered.

Exam Summary GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

Use the “eye” symbol to see a student’s working. This will allow you to see the working for a particular student on all questions in the exam. Teachers can moderate the marking – use the checkboxes as appropriate to award/remove marks if you feel the automatic marking hasn’t got it quite right.

View Student Workings GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

Viewing by question shows you an overview of how the whole exam was answered by all your students. This helps teachers to see at a glance if any particular questions caused problems for lots of students.

The maximum possible mark for each question is displayed in the final row.

Exam Summary page showing whole class results by question.

How to view in-progress exams

Use the Recent Activity page to see what students are doing on their exams in real time. From your Home page or Your Classes, click the yellow Recent Activity button for the relevant class.

Your Classes indicating "Recent Activity" button

The Class Dashboard displays the question number for any exams or tests, and the time since the last activity. It updates automatically, so you can see students progressing through the exam in real time.

Click “View” next to any student to see their full working on the exam.

Class Dashboard indicating "View" full working option

You can see the marks awarded by the automatic marking feature – but please don’t try to make changes to marks until after the student has submitted the exam!

Student Working page (teacher view) showing exam results with automatic marks

Can I make changes to my students’ marks?

We recommend that teachers check through their students’ exams and award/remove marks if they feel the automatic marking hasn’t got it quite right. On average, the mark given by the Blutick Exams feature is within 10% of the true mark. 

You can make changes to an individual student’s marks when viewing their full working. Simply click the boxes to award or remove a mark.

Self Marking GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

To work through an entire class question by question, click the green “mark by question” button at the top-right of the Exam Summary page.

Mark by Question GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

Use the green question numbers to jump between questions, and click “show question” to remind yourself of the details.

Student Working GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

How do students see their exams and results?

Exams are displayed on the Home Page. Students click the green “Complete Exam” button to take the exam.

Complete Exam GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

When they have finished, students can go to “Your Completed Exams” to view their exams and then click on “View Results” to see their Exam Summary.

View Results GCSE Maths Mock Exam - Blutick Maths Online

After the exam

Help students improve with customised courses

Blutick produces recommended topics for students based on each exam performance. This easily converts into a course of work to allow them to target their weakest areas and build up their knowledge.

Click here to find out how to set these “Catch Up Courses” from the recommended topics.

Students can also create a personalised Course independently.

Catch Up Courses for GCSE Maths Exam - Blutick Maths Online

Click here for more information on Courses.

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