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    (Original post by Charlotte.13)
    Is it just me who liked that paper :/
    No, I thought it was great as well - yes, so there were some different angles from which the topics were covered, but it was alright!

    (Original post by shooks)
    A biology exam with...no biology in it? Yep, you just experienced AQA Biology Unit 1. But hang in there - you weren't the only one confused...
    There was so much biology in it ( how surprising)! Just because it wanted us to transfer skills from different things we'd learnt doesn't mean it was unfair.

    (Original post by Charlotte.13)
    Is it just me who liked that paper :/
    It was really easy for me and my friends, it was just different, like application rather than explanation.

    Apparently the paper was very easy hearing from my fellow triple science classmates. I remember last year when I sat the AQA Biology unit 1 exam and nobody knew what a ribosome was because it wasn't in the specification however the question actually provided information on ribosomes and told us what they were... so from what I can see, people are just overreacting and need to cool down.

    (Original post by matt_barrett101)
    as an "A* student" you really should be doing well on that paper as it seemed to be just common sense and applying the knowledge we already knew!
    Depends what sort of A* pupil he is. Some top pupils just have really good memories, and so revise every small detail of the syllabus and use that in exams, as that is what all the past papers have been leading us to believe exams were about. So for some, they get A*s for photogenic memory rather than understanding science, as you don't really need to do that in GCSE exams. It is a brilliant exam for people who understand the practicalities of science, and I think the B1 exam yesterday tested us on the same sort of skills as what the ISAs did. I didn't exactly struggle either, it just threw me and I'm annoyed that the exam was completely different and unusual which I thought was unfair, especially for some nervous pupils who hoped for at least some bit of comfort, like the front cover being the same as what they're used to perhaps.

    Uni Student here; read about this paper on the news and heard about it from people I know who sat it so thought it'd chip in. Exams aren't designed to be easy, nor are they meant to test every single thing on the syllabus. You're meant to use the information learnt throughout your course to apply yourself in an exam situation. Do you really think they design the papers so that everyone can answer every single question? There's meant to be hard questions and the style of questions helps separate those who apply their knowledge from those that simply attempt to regurgitate facts from a text book. I think the majority of people that are complaining are the ones who feel they should be entitled to an easy exam and should have low boundaries so that they can receive a good grade as a result of obviously not doing enough revision. Learn the material, apply what you know, job done.
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