September Checklist

Here is what you need to do to have Yacapaca fully ready for the new school year.

1. Check your subscription

Subs button

Click the yellow button at the top right of your screen once for the expiry date and twice for the number of credits left this month. Allow at least a week for your school purchasing process if placing an official purchase order; credit card orders are instant.

2. Update/rename current student sets

Edit ss

Students tab -> Student sets -> Action -> Edit student set

Typically last year’s set 7A will need renaming to 8A. Only takes a moment and saves so much confusion later on.

3. Delete old student sets

delete ss

Last year’s set 11A probably isn’t much use to you now. Delete what you do not need.

4. Upload new students

new student set

Students tab -> Student sets -> New student set (at the bottom of the list)

As an absolute minimum, upload forename, surname and admission number. We use the admission number to de-duplicate student records when, inevitably, one of your colleagues uploads a different class with some or all of the same students.

5. Invite new members of your department

invite colleagues

More tab -> Teachers in my school -> Invite colleagues

Help new colleagues integrate into your departmental workflow. By responding to an invite rather than signing up separately, you can make sure they get all the right permissions automatically.

6. Assign pre-tests to your students

Find out how ready they are for this year’s syllabus.

How to improve the quality of your quiz

Where a particular quiz appears in the search rankings depends on a combination of relevance to the search and quality. If you improve the quality, your quiz will rise up the search rankings.

1. Here is where to see the quality ranking. Note that although we show popularity, it does not affect ranking.


2. Click the Edit button. You only see Continue reading

Jez Thompson reviews the Computer Science Practice Exams

Jez ThompsonThis guest post is by Jez Thompson, Strategic Lead IT at The Open Academy in Norwich

Jez blagged a free trial of our J276 OCR Computer Science Practice Exams in return for a promise to write up his experience. 


After reading How we cracked the auto-marking of GCSE short-text responses I asked Yacapaca for a trial.

Our Year 11 learners were privileged to trial Yacapaca’s ‘short-text’ artificial intelligent question practice exam questions; feedback from our learners was incredibly Continue reading

Funny exam question answers

I thought you might enjoy some of answers your student have been giving to the short-text questions in our J276 GCSE Practice Exam module.

Actually, I don’t know whose students these are. The students’ responses are completely anonymised when we see them. As the first results to each question come in, we analyse the performance of the auto-marking algorithm and tweak the scoring rubrics to improve performance. In the process, we discover that student humour is alive and well…

    • Describe the features of RAM. (2)
      It can breed with sheep, they are fluffy and have Continue reading

How we cracked the auto-marking of GCSE short-text responses


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The mainstay of most GCSE exams is the short-text question. For our new GCSE Practice Exams, we have developed a free-text marking engine that is robust enough to deal with real GCSE questions and, more importantly, real students. That system is now Continue reading