Make your assessments count

MERiT is free to schools and colleges offering AQA GCSEs in English, Geography, History, Languages, Maths and Science. Use MERiT to respond effectively to learning gaps.

  • Identify your students’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Target class, group and individual interventions effectively
  • Compare your students’ performance with the population for benchmarking
  • Share reports with students, parents and carers
  • Check student ranking from February 2021

This year MERiT has been designed to reduce stress levels. The focus is on addressing the learning gap – it’s the detail not the overall score that counts.

How does it work?

1 Get your free access

Order and then nominate an appropriate member of staff as an administrator. They will be able to:

  • upload class lists
  • designate other administrators
  • give access permissions to teachers

2 Choose papers

Get June 2019 papers from Secure Key Materials on eAQA and choose which ones you want to use for remote assessment or mocks.

3 Mark entry

Choose how to enter marks

  • Mark the papers and enter marks on your phone or tablet as you go using our amazingly simple app.
  • Use the spreadsheet download to enter the marks and then upload to MERiT for instant reports.

4 Reports

MERiT reports provide:

  • detailed analysis of strengths and weaknesses
  • printable individual student reports
  • comparisons with population means
  • data to inform planning and interventions
  • Excel downloads to export data for further analysis

Population comparison

Means will be calculated when enough marks have been entered and schools will be notified as soon as they are released. Please note that there are no grade boundaries or predictions.



Administrators can upload student information and provide teachers with access to MERiT

From Monday 2 November

Mark entry opens
Student and class reports available after mark entry
Population means will be published when enough students’ marks have been entered

From Monday 22 February

Student ranking published for each paper and set of papers

Spring into summer

Mark entry remains open for further assessments


MERiT closes for archiving – no more mark entry for this academic year but reports continue to be available when it reopens

Also available for Science

Early assessments for:

  • Year 7
  • Start of GCSE
  • Year 11

These can be used with MERiT in late September to support planning for teaching and interventions.


MERiT… was a really useful way of seeing how my students were performing compared to others across the country.  We were waiting on Ofsted and it was reassuring to be able to show data that was comparable not estimated.

I like that I can analyse data by class, by subject, by topic and by question. I can see if a particular teacher has a strength or weakness or if there is a topic that students are struggling with.

[Data entry] is worth the effort for the information it provides.  It is much easier and quicker now that data can be entered with clicks of a mouse.

Fiona Ballinger, Faculty Leader of Science, Barnwood Park Arts College