(Original post by goku12345)
if ur applying to uni this year, we get results in august and on the same day we get a response from unis saying wether we got in or not. so is it not possible to remark the results we get in august?
It's possible but unless the university agrees to hold your place until you get the remark and let you in if the remark gives you the required grade, the likelihood is you'll lose your place anyway. It happened to so many of my friends last year..
Exam boards need to be regulated, everyone makes a mistake, including examiners, but people's papers have been known to go up by four grades.
Also, why don't they release the mark schemes at the same time they release results? At least then once people have paid £12 to get their paper back (an admin fee, apparently) they can then see the 'mistakes' that could cost them a future in their chosen careers, rather than paying anywhere up to £112 to have a remark by the same incompetent exam board!
This happened to my school's Geography GCSE papers last year... Over 30 top students who were predicted A* grades managed to get Cs and Ds so the teachers investigated and paid for every single script to get remarked. After the remark, the majority were moved up to As and A*s and only 1 person got a C.
(Original post by Ch1pp0)
Sorry but remarks help a lot in the sciences. My physics GCSE (AQA) was 88% when I got it. Not to sound arrogant but I kind of thought I had got an A* so I requested a remark.
I then went up to 100%. According to the exam board, "They may have missed a page." while marking my results the first time.
So until the system improves Maths/Sciences need remarks just like other subjects.
Lol I said better double checking by examiners so no one needs to remark!
The errors are just a joke, surely adding up marks should be calculated by a computer?! How hard is that?
It just makes you have no faith in the system, especially when you work hard for exams then some marker could just add up your scores wrong at the final hurdle.
I can excuse the odd mark missed with essay questions but In my AS Chemistry exam the examiner marked my '76% yield' wrong which was on the dotted line. How is it possible to mark a number wrong, it takes NO JUDGEMENT AT ALL? Cant get more objective than that.
Maybe the government made a deal with exam boards like OCR last year so that a lot of people fail and have to pay the increased tuition fee. Wouldn't surprise me.
Exams these days are like intelligence tests. They don't test you on your knowledge about the topics. instead they chuck in random questions about hedgehogs!!!! (June 2011 f215 paper).
Seriously, if you wanted to see how clever we were why not make students do an IQ test instead!!
I have a major problem with OCR (as you can obviously tell).
(Original post by stanlas)
Private schools can afford more re-marks. Virtually every person who 'underperforms' in our school is offered a re-mark, and most get their marks bumped up (like the pupil mentioned in the televised report, who got about 25% extra in his English).
Don't the students have to pay for their own re-mark?
Two years ago on when I did GCSE History one of my friends who was predicted an A* came out with a D, our school had the paper re-marked and it came back as a B - he had been awarded 17 extra marks. Our school then sent off all our GCSE History papers and everyone wet up by at least 1 mark if not more. How can 17 marks be missed on a paper?