According to BBC NEW website, in England, the GCSE exams from august 2013 were the finale ones that were using a modular testing system . From 2014 Pupils who choose a GCSE English exam board will be tested with a linear testing system, at the end of their studies.
This changes have been made partially because the proportion of GCSe exam entries awarded top grades have drops for two years in a row.
BBC also sais that And the proportion getting an A* or an A fell from 22.4% to 21.3%. The overall pass rate also fell marginally, for the first time in the exams 25-year history.
According to the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) the number of students re-siting and exam has increased particularly in English and maths