BMAT Results 2021

The request was successful.

Dear University of Cambridge,

Please release the fullest possible data set, in Excel, of the results of the 2021 November BMAT session.

This should include raw scores for each part of the exam for each student, alongside the geography in which each student sat the exam. If possible, this data should be further broken down by test item, showing hopw each student answered each question - fully anonymised of course.

Please also release any other information relating to the exam, especially included suitably redacted information about requests for special consideration. Please release the number of students who sat the exam, and the number who experiencedtechnical dfifficulties and applied for special consideration.

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Elliott

Subject Access Request,

Dear Mr Elliot,

 

Thank you for your email of 26th November, in which you ask for data for
the 2021 November BMAT session.

 

Your request is being handled as a request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000, and we will respond within twenty working
days.

 

Kind regards

 

Kerry Peacock

 

Policy Team – Chief Executive's Office

 

 

show quoted sections

Subject Access Request,

Dear Matthew,

 

The summary of results is as follows:

 

[1]https://www.admissionstesting.org/Images...

 

The number of candidates who sat the examination was: 15,027

 

The number of candidates who requested a Special Consideration for
technical difficulty: 2,086

 

Please note that we are withholding some of the information you have
requested as the exemption under section 43 (Commercial interests).
Section 43 (2) allows a public authority to withhold information where it
would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any
person (including the public authority holding it). This exemption is a
qualified one which requires that we consider the public interest in
releasing the information as well as in withholding it before we make our
decision. We have carried out this exercise and have determined commercial
interests outweigh the public interest in releasing the information.

 

If you are unhappy with the response you have received in relation to your
information request, you have the right to ask us to conduct an internal
review of this decision by contacting Catie Sheret, General Counsel of
Cambridge University Press & Assessment, within two months of the date of
this response, and should be addressed as follows: Shaftesbury Road,
Cambridge, CB2 8EA or send an email marked for her attention to
[2][email address].

 

Kind regards

 

Kerry Peacock

 

Policy Team – Chief Executive's Office

 

 

From: Freedom of Information <[email address]>
Sent: 28 November 2021 19:28
To: Kerry Peacock <[email address]>
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information request - BMAT Results 2021

 

Hi Kerry,

 

An FOI for admissions testing below.

 

With thanks

Sarah

 

From: James Knapton <[3][email address]>
Sent: 26 November 2021 16:16
To: Freedom of Information <[4][email address]>
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information request - BMAT Results 2021

 

Hi all,

I think this is one for you as it doesn't seem specific to UoC but please
let me know if you think otherwise.

Best wishes,

James

Dr James Knapton
Information Compliance Officer
Governance and Compliance Division
University of Cambridge
The Old Schools
Trinity Lane
Cambridge CB2 1TN

show quoted sections

Hi Kerry,
I've had no difficulty getting hold of this information in previous application cycles - please see the link below. Could you please clarify what commerically sensitive interest has come into play this year which was absent previously?

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Elliott

Dear University of Cambridge,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University of Cambridge's handling of my FOI request 'BMAT Results 2021'.

My request has been denied on Section 43 grounds, despite having been granted in the past. Could you please clarify how Section 43 has come to apply now where it did not previously.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Matthew Elliott

Freedom of Information,

4 Attachments

Dear Matthew,

 

Please find attached our response to your request for internal review.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team

[1][email address]

 

[2]cambridge.org | [3]Facebook | [4]Twitter | [5]LinkedIn | [6]Instagram 
| [7]YouTube

 

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8EA, United Kingdom

 

[8]Text Description automatically generated with low confidence

 

 

show quoted sections

Matthew Elliott

Thank you for upholding my complaint and for the enclosed information. Would it be possible to also receive the test item breakdown of performance as previously requested?

For further clarification, I imagine this would look like:

Candidate Number - Question 1 Response - Question 2 Response - Question 3 Response - &c
101 - A - B - C

The goal of these data being to analyse the relative difficulty of each test item and to infer the impact of time pressure on student response success. As such it is not enough to know how each student scored overall but how they scored on each test item.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Elliott

Freedom of Information,

1 Attachment

Dear Matthew

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 20 May 2022 in which you
ask for further information in relation to BMAT results.

 

We are writing to advise you that we require additional time to allow us
to properly consider the public interest.

 

Under 10(3) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, where public
authorities have to consider the balance of the public interest in
relation to a request, we are permitted to extend the time needed to
provide you with a response.

 

We hope to let you have a response by 24 June 2022.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team

[1][email address]

 

[2]cambridge.org | [3]Facebook | [4]Twitter | [5]LinkedIn | [6]Instagram 
| [7]YouTube

 

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8EA, United Kingdom

 

[8]Text Description automatically generated with low confidence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Matthew Elliott <[FOI #810822 email]>
Sent: 20 May 2022 13:06
To: Freedom of Information <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - BMAT
Results 2021

 

Thank you for upholding my complaint and for the enclosed information.
Would it be possible to also receive the test item breakdown of
performance as previously requested?

For further clarification, I imagine this would look like:

Candidate Number - Question 1 Response - Question 2 Response - Question 3
Response - &c

101 - A - B - C

The goal of these data being to analyse the relative difficulty of each
test item and to infer the impact of time pressure on student response
success. As such it is not enough to know how each student scored overall
but how they scored on each test item.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Elliott

show quoted sections

Freedom of Information,

2 Attachments

 

 

Dear Matthew

 

Please find attached our response to your request for information.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team

[1][email address]

 

[2]cambridge.org | [3]Facebook | [4]Twitter | [5]LinkedIn | [6]Instagram 
| [7]YouTube

 

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8EA, United Kingdom

 

[8]Text Description automatically generated with low confidence

 

 

 

 

From: Freedom of Information <[email address]>
Sent: 21 June 2022 16:24
To: Matthew Elliott <[FOI #810822 email]>
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - BMAT
Results 2021

 

Dear Matthew

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 20 May 2022 in which you
ask for further information in relation to BMAT results.

 

We are writing to advise you that we require additional time to allow us
to properly consider the public interest.

 

Under 10(3) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, where public
authorities have to consider the balance of the public interest in
relation to a request, we are permitted to extend the time needed to
provide you with a response.

 

We hope to let you have a response by 24 June 2022.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team

[9][email address]

 

[10]cambridge.org | [11]Facebook | [12]Twitter | [13]LinkedIn |
[14]Instagram  | [15]YouTube

 

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge CB2 8EA, United Kingdom

 

[16]Text Description automatically generated with low confidence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: Matthew Elliott <[17][FOI #810822 email]>
Sent: 20 May 2022 13:06
To: Freedom of Information <[18][email address]>
Subject: RE: Internal review of Freedom of Information request - BMAT
Results 2021

 

Thank you for upholding my complaint and for the enclosed information.
Would it be possible to also receive the test item breakdown of
performance as previously requested?

For further clarification, I imagine this would look like:

Candidate Number - Question 1 Response - Question 2 Response - Question 3
Response - &c

101 - A - B - C

The goal of these data being to analyse the relative difficulty of each
test item and to infer the impact of time pressure on student response
success. As such it is not enough to know how each student scored overall
but how they scored on each test item.

Yours sincerely,

Matthew Elliott

show quoted sections