Two thirds of CGCSE and A-Level students do not believe they will get a fair grade this summer after exams were scrapped due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As a result, teachers will instead predict grades for their students in each subject by examining a variety of completed work and mock exam results, as well as creating a rank order of how well they think they would have done should the exams have gone ahead as planned.
A snap poll, carried out by the website The Student Room on Friday asked students: "Regarding Ofqual's latest update, do you think you will be given a fair grade this summer?"
Of the 750 teenagers that participated, a clear majority of 66% responded no, with just and 34% stating that grades would be fair.
Students have voiced several concerns regarding the new grading system, including how teachers would be able to fairly assess their attainment if there has been a high level of staff turnover within their school.
One of the surveyed students commented: “I have had so many maths teachers and my main worry is how will they judge me fairly when I have to keep adapting to their different ways of teaching. My last teacher I ever had has only known me for a month, so how will she give me the grades she thinks I deserve?”
In response, an Ofqual spokesperson said: "In an unprecedented situation such as this, where students are unable to take exams, teachers are best placed to judge the likely performance of their students at the end of the course.
"Teachers know their students well and are highly experienced in making assessment judgements. There is evidence to show that teachers can rank order their students with a high degree of accuracy.
"We have provided clear guidance to schools and colleges on the grading and rank-ordering process to help teachers in different schools take a common approach to assessing their students.
"As the regulator, we will do everything we can to ensure that grades are fair, and as comparable as possible between schools and over time. All grades submitted by teachers will go through an external standardisation process developed by Ofqual and the exam boards."