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1. AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
So, how did everyone find today's exam then?
2. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
Found the theory a bit challenging but the programming wasn't too hard.
Yourself?
3. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
Same. Section D was a lot easier than I expected. I have my teacher to thank, because he go us to go through the things that actually came up in the exam.
4. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
Sooooo hard I know I failed
5. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by nathano14)
Same. Section D was a lot easier than I expected. I have my teacher to thank, because he go us to go through the things that actually came up in the exam.
Yea same here we did the NoOfMoves question in our mock!! (Well it wasn't exactly the same but close enough)

I'm soo glad my teacher went through the possibilities with us.

How did you find sectionA??
6. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
I think it was allright. Didn't have a clue on the Pixel thing where you had to make the 16 digit binary number... I could not see the slightest link between the numbers and the pixels.
7. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by sean_bulley)
I think it was allright. Didn't have a clue on the Pixel thing where you had to make the 16 digit binary number... I could not see the slightest link between the numbers and the pixels.
11 = black
00 = white
So red could have been either
01 or 10
With blue being the other.
8. I think it went brillantly the programming was even enjoyably easy

This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my GT-S5570
9. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by sean_bulley)
I think it was allright. Didn't have a clue on the Pixel thing where you had to make the 16 digit binary number... I could not see the slightest link between the numbers and the pixels.
The idea was that each pixel was represented by 2 bits, so a row of 8 pixels had 16 bits in total.
10. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by andyator55)
Yea same here we did the NoOfMoves question in our mock!! (Well it wasn't exactly the same but close enough)

I'm soo glad my teacher went through the possibilities with us.

How did you find sectionA??
It was a little be challenging. The last FSM question annoyed me slightly, as they already gave you 3 obvious combinations to get to S50. Sometimes I feel like AQA are trying to make up fail...
11. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by nathano14)
It was a little be challenging. The last FSM question annoyed me slightly, as they already gave you 3 obvious combinations to get to S50. Sometimes I feel like AQA are trying to make up fail...
Yeah, AQA are great ones for offering vauge, 'figure-out-what-we-mean-for-yourself' questions. Some of the wording on the questions was frustrating because I didn't know what it was asking me. As you said, with the FSM it didn't state that it wanted ones that would reach S50, just ones that would be 'accepted' - in other words, not return an error. I assumed they wanted to reach S50 though so just did easy ones like "R, R, 50", "20, R, 50" etc..
12. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by Oliver17)
Yeah, AQA are great ones for offering vauge, 'figure-out-what-we-mean-for-yourself' questions. Some of the wording on the questions was frustrating because I didn't know what it was asking me. As you said, with the FSM it didn't state that it wanted ones that would reach S50, just ones that would be 'accepted' - in other words, not return an error. I assumed they wanted to reach S50 though so just did easy ones like "R, R, 50", "20, R, 50" etc..
The vague questions aren't too bad - sometimes I think they should employ an primary school english teacher to check the wording / grammar of the questions. But the worst bit is the combination of vague questions and extremely specific mark schemes - AQA are like we don't care if that answer is right, we wanted this answer.
13. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by TipTapToe)
The vague questions aren't too bad - sometimes I think they should employ an primary school english teacher to check the wording / grammar of the questions. But the worst bit is the combination of vague questions and extremely specific mark schemes - AQA are like we don't care if that answer is right, we wanted this answer.
Yes, exactly. And even more so when it is something as specific as computing...
14. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
Ahhh, that exam was pretty rubbish.
Section B and Section C went fine but two bits out Section D with a lot of marks I've never even been taught and Section A, well that's a hit or miss really because of the vague questions. Oh the pressure to get into Uni, feel like crying.
15. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
Are any of you guys doing the A2 exam this year?
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(Original post by EleanorCasely)
Ahhh, that exam was pretty rubbish.
Section B and Section C went fine but two bits out Section D with a lot of marks I've never even been taught and Section A, well that's a hit or miss really because of the vague questions. Oh the pressure to get into Uni, feel like crying.
Don't worry about it I know of someone who has done far worse than you. The fact that you managed to do 2 of the 4 sections means that you most likely didn't fail - we have the next exam on Tuesday so you can make up for lost marks then. In any case, it is hard to learn programming to a good extent over one school year with only lesson time to do it in. In the worst-case scenario, you can re-take next year :P

(Original post by EleanorCasely)
Are any of you guys doing the A2 exam this year?
Not this year (I'm in year 12), but I am hoping to continue computing to A2.
17. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by Oliver17)
Don't worry about it I know of someone who has done far worse than you. The fact that you managed to do 2 of the 4 sections means that you most likely didn't fail - we have the next exam on Tuesday so you can make up for lost marks then. In any case, it is hard to learn programming to a good extent over one school year with only lesson time to do it in. In the worst-case scenario, you can re-take next year :P

Not this year (I'm in year 12), but I am hoping to continue computing to A2.
Thanks for the support but I'm in a much worse situation.
I'm in Year 13 so this year is my last shot.
I have done Unit 2 THREE times and got 40(D), 40 (D), 42(D). I revised just as hard each time so I took the risk to not do it again else I'd gain like one mark and that's so much effort when I have other studies to focus on. I got a B on CW. Depending on Unit 1 and 3 will determine my grade. I only need a C. Please pray for me guys ahah
18. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
for the last programming challenge, I used a function, it didn't seem right to use a Sub
19. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by luketg8)
for the last programming challenge, I used a function, it didn't seem right to use a Sub
Yeah, I used a function, it just said create a procedure or something so either would have been fine I think.
20. Re: AQA Computing COMP1 (Unit 1) Exam 25th May (June) 2012
(Original post by h2shin)
Yeah, I used a function, it just said create a procedure or something so either would have been fine I think.
Oh good! Inwas worried that I had lost a few marks there, other than that, I think it was okay, hopefully the grade boundaries are lower than last Year, really want an A.
Last edited by luketg8; 25-05-2012 at 15:31.