(Original post by Kya)
Yeah I agree, the 7arakat thing was useless. Let's be honest... nobody even uses them when arabic is written... if anything it confuses me more when reading arabic lol.
When I do the translation my mind sometimes goes blank too, the only difference is that words pop up in Lebanese arabic for me as opposed to fus7a haha, but I guess Lebanese arabic & Syrian arabic is more or less the same thing anyway.
Out of interest, do you actually learn arabic at college or anything? I don't so I haven't read the books unfortunately. I wish I had actually checked this exam before 3 days ago, otherwise I might have actually bought the book lol. I'm limited to the first 4 questions only now. They're such stupid questions though, whoever writes the papers deserves to die, seriously. 250-350 words for such vague questions, and they even have the cheek to mark us on content lol.
In the examiner report a lot of people tried the "7arb ahliya" question in the 2011 paper and got minimal marks because they didn't actually speak about a civil war. Apparently people spoke about the Iraq war and things like that. Fortunately when I did it I spoke about the Lebanese civil war.
I think to get an A* in any subject you must have an A at AS level and 90%+ at A2 level. How did you do last year in the AS paper? I got 76 UMS and a B. I would've liked an A, but I didn't mind the B. To be honest I don't think 76/B was too bad considering it was just doing a few past papers before the exam. But I'm almost certain I lost most marks where you needed to put 7arakat.
I've read the examiner reports and apparently in the translation part where it said the title as "al hatef al naqal" many people didn't realise it was the same as "al hatef al mota7arek" and thus lost a lot of marks. God knows what they may have translated it to lol
I'd take a B at A2 level to be honest, so hopefully I can get a high C or a B even. For a C in the A2 arabic paper, all you need is 40/80 apparently, and I'm pretty sure I can accumilate that. So far I got 64/80 on the June 2011 paper and 57/80 on the June 2010 paper. But then again my Mum is marking both my Section C's. She's giving me around 18-23 on them, some end up better than others.
She keeps telling me that my writing isn't that bad considering I'm just writing off the top of my head. The main problem is that I'm not great at spelling and sometimes I use Lebanese words lol. In the Examiner report for the 2011 paper they put a perfect example that got 28/28. I read it and it was like reading a book, it was like proper fus7a...
But simultaneously my Mum told me not to be too demoralised and to keep in mind its an Arabic as a SECOND LANGUAGE exam and that the person who got 28/28 was blatantly somebody who's Arabic was his/her first language... which doesn't apply for me.
But yeah :P How did you do at AS? It's so good to actually find somebody else doing this bloody exam... last year I couldn't find anyone on TSR doing the AS exam... plus the fact that I was sat by myself in the exam made me wonder whether anybody actually does A level Arabic lol