Associated Examining Board

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Associated Examining Board
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Abbreviation AEB
Purpose Examination board
Headquarters Guildford, UK
Region served England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Malta

The AEB (Associated Examining Board) was an examination board serving England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is now part of AQA. For replacement certificates, verification of results services or confirmation of results to third parties, former MEG students have to contact AQA.[1]

The AEB was formed in by the City & Guilds examination agency.[2] It offered GCE (O Level and A Level) qualifications.

When the government created a number of examining groups to devise and assess the new GCSE qualifications (which replaced O Levels and CSEs), the AEB was, with the University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations, the South East Regional Examinations Board, South West (Regional) Examinations Board and Southern Regional Examination Board, one of the boards that worked together to provide GCSEs under the Southern Examining Group (SEG) name. The AEB came to control SEG entirely, forming AEB/SEG, though the two boards kept their respective identities.[3]

AEB/SEG entered into an alliance with two other exam boards, NEAB and City & Guilds, known as the Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA). Examination papers were used to be dual-branded with both the AQA and AEB/SEG names on the papers and the subsequent examination certificates featured just the AQA name. Eventually, the boards formally merged. As AEB/SEG and NEAB overlapped in the qualifications they offered, AQA retained two specifications for many subjects, with schools able to choose between the two.