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# Cambridge IGCSE English Language (May 3rd 2016) official thread

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1. (Original post by I'm_infires)
To get an A*, you need 106/125 so add your average writing coursework mark and speaking&listening mark.

Then divide 106 by 125 and multiply it by 130 (the coursework, s&l and exam total 130) and subtract the total of coursework and s&l mark to get your exam mark needed for an A*. Is this explanation too confusing?

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I don't think that's right because I need 48/50 for an A* but this method says I need 52/50 lol which isn't possible!

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2. (Original post by tamanna___)
Yep ikr and ooh we did english lit in january and i got an A*!! Even though i spent half my exam time having a panic attack and well crying lmao oops but i guess luck was on my side!! 😄 You should revise lots and good luck on it!! I hope it goes well for you! What books/ plays are you studying? We did Romeo and Juliet and Of mice and men
Well done on ur A* im doing purple hibiscus and DNA
3. Created a separate thread for the next exam (6th) on Directed Writing and Composition, if y'all want to use it to chat about that (and help me out) - any tips/tricks/techniques you want to share/queries you have.

Hopefully we can find a remedy to the imminent destruction of our A*'s.

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4058387

DONTSWEATIT
4. (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
For 15 bullet points I put these:
1) 30% thing
2) global starvation
3) loss of healthy foods
4) no need to pay farmers to find alternative less efficient ways of pollinating
5) 500 medicines thing
6) a bees health tells us a lot about the environments health
7) pesticides distort their behaviour fatally
8) local weather systems threaten them
9) change in weather threaten them
10) transporting beehives to diff countries cause them to stress out
11) Increase in bees in the city will lead to less nectar available for wild bees
12) immune system becoming less efficient
13) fungal infections/known bee viruses
I had two more but forgot what I wrote!

Do you think this is correct?

Also for the summary I developed some points such as medicines has used honey since the egyptian times so medicines would not be as advanced as it is now if we didn't have honey. I also wrote that loss of healthy foods will lead to a regress in health in the world.

Will this mark me down?

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The egyptian medicine idea should be fine because the examiners always try to throw curve balls at you and I'm quite sure that was one of them. If you developed the idea of health, I think the examiner would be ridiculously churlish so you're fine! Hope you get your A* and get what you want in the rest of your exams!
5. (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
I don't think that's right because I need 48/50 for an A* but this method says I need 52/50 lol which isn't possible!

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What did you get for your coursework? If it says 52, maybe it's because, no offence, your coursework may be too low so with the exam added on, it may not be enough to push you to an a*.

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6. By any chance, is anyone studying To Kill a Mockingbird and The Woman in Black for English Literature?
7. (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
I got a mid B and a high C. I need 48/50 according to June 2015 boundaries for an A* lol

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Really?? Surely that can't be right
8. (Original post by I'm_infires)
I'd love to help but I can't really without your other coursework marks

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I got 38/40 on 2 pieces and 47/50 on the last one as well as 30/30 on the S+L, how many marks do I need for an A or an A*? What's the working out you use? Thanks.
9. Did anyone else interpret the second bullet point as: Thoughts and feelings towards husbands attitude and behaviour on the trip??
10. Guys,
In q1 for the 3rd bullet I mentioned the following:

-They would continue to undertake more excursions if the husband was fit enough
- They would just stay and relax in the hotel
-They would leave earlier than Friday in the case that the husband could no longer
do anything on the trip (because of his injury)

I then said that we were still undecided and that it all depends on my husband's injury.......

Is that fine? Pls respond someone, thanks
11. For the 15 points on question three I put 'a change in climate threatens the bees'

And

'Bizzare and random weather systems threaten the bees'

Do you think these would be considered as two separate points? Or are just repeating? I remember in the text it did say climate and random weather both threaten the bees so surely they are two points?
12. (Original post by examhater44)
Guys,
In q1 for the 3rd bullet I mentioned the following:

-They would continue to undertake more excursions if the husband was fit enough
- They would just stay and relax in the hotel
-They would leave earlier than Friday in the case that the husband could no longer
do anything on the trip (because of his injury)

I then said that we were still undecided and that it all depends on my husband's injury.......

Is that fine? Pls respond someone, thanks
I thought the husband remained in hospital until the day they would both leave evidently meaning that the wife would spend the rest of the days by herself? Because it stated that she needs to stop on Friday to pick him up from the hospital before the airport. Either that or I've just screwed this whole exam!

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Did anyone else interpret the second bullet point as: Thoughts and feelings towards husbands attitude and behaviour on the trip??
Yeah, isn't that what it was saying? That's exactly how I interpreted it!

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14. Presumably if I covered all the AO1s. 1 AO2 & 1 A03 for question 1. What would I get out of 15
15. (Original post by Dr Carlsberg)
Yeah, isn't that what it was saying? That's exactly how I interpreted it!

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Not:

The attitudes and behaviour of your husband on the trip.

So I put things like angry, disappointed, awkward etc.

And then developed it by leaving the evidence form extract.
16. (Original post by Jagraj16)
I got 38/40 on 2 pieces and 47/50 on the last one as well as 30/30 on the S+L, how many marks do I need for an A or an A*? What's the working out you use? Thanks.
You need 39/50 on the exam if the grade boundaries for A* is 106/125 and 29 to get an A

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Not:

The attitudes and behaviour of your husband on the trip.

So I put things like angry, disappointed, awkward etc.

And then developed it by leaving the evidence form extract.
Yeah that's how I interpreted it and now I'm worried I did it wrong

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18. (Original post by I'm_infires)
Yeah that's how I interpreted it and now I'm worried I did it wrong

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They've done things like this before. This is why i found this bullet point quite difficult but a lot of people have said it was easy... I'm sure the points about what he did are developments and details but not the actual points. Was just worried bc it said nothing about attitudes and feelings on the unofficial mark scheme.
19. (Original post by DamnDaniel2)
I don't think that's right because I need 48/50 for an A* but this method says I need 52/50 lol which isn't possible!

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So if I got 47/50 for coursework and 30/30 for speaking and listening do I only need 29 marks for an A*?!
20. (Original post by I'm_infires)
Yeah that's how I interpreted it and now I'm worried I did it wrong

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To be honest, even if we interpreted it that way, as long as it was developed, I can't see how the two interpretations wouldn't merge enough to give the marks. Should be fine because even saying angry/ashamed etc you develop from the text wit evidence such should get the marks anyway I'd say.

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