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any views on this? jsut read it in the paper, if the pass rate rises again (and it probably will) one reform they are considering is to divide the A grade into tiers, so universities can distinguish more clearly how well we're doing.
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any views on this? jsut read it in the paper, if the pass rate rises again (and it probably will) one reform they are considering is to divide the A grade into tiers, so universities can distinguish more clearly how well we're doing.
So glad i missed the introduction of this

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any views on this? jsut read it in the paper, if the pass rate rises again (and it probably will) one reform they are considering is to divide the A grade into tiers, so universities can distinguish more clearly how well we're doing.
I've heard of it as well..have they made any indications whether the overall performance has improved or become worse this year?
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I've heard of it as well..have they made any indications whether the overall performance has improved or become worse this year?
I heard it was a record high percentage of A grades this year....something like 22-23 %??

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they've said the general pass rate has risen to an estimated 95% and that 1 in 5 people now get A's.
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I heard it was a record high percentage of A grades this year....something like 22-23 %??

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any views on this? jsut read it in the paper, if the pass rate rises again (and it probably will) one reform they are considering is to divide the A grade into tiers, so universities can distinguish more clearly how well we're doing.
On the one hand its a good idea in that it distinguishes those who just about scrape an A grade and does who literally get full marks, but on the other hand it clearly shows that there is not enough faith within the A Level system
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they've said the general pass rate has risen to an estimated 95% and that 1 in 5 people now get A's.
thing is, those 1 in 5 people could get just one A, and get D's in everything else
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thing is, those 1 in 5 people could get just one A, and get D's in everything else
I don't think its 1 in 5 get an A..it think its 1 in 5 grades are As. As you'll find that a lot of people get straight As....and a lot get straight Cs or something like that.

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i'd like to know the % of students getting A's in particular subject fields. On the one hand i'm reading how exams are getting so much easier, on the other hand im reading in examiners reports how about 50% of students taking chem synoptic paper get less than 20/60.
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I don't think its 1 in 5 get an A..it think its 1 in 5 grades are As. As you'll find that a lot of people get straight As....and a lot get straight Cs or something like that.

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1 in 5 grades are an A? i'd have thought there'd be more A's that way. although i suppose with the number of people that get straight A's, it's likely
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1 in 5 grades are an A? i'd have thought there'd be more A's that way. although i suppose with the number of people that get straight A's, it's likely
I'm pretty sure its grades that are about 20% As...but then again i could be completely wrong.

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i'd like to know the % of students getting A's in particular subject fields. On the one hand i'm reading how exams are getting so much easier, on the other hand im reading in examiners reports how about 50% of students taking chem synoptic paper get less than 20/60.
OMG, that's my fear chem synoptic and physics synoptic :eek: :eek: So scared....
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OMG, that's my fear chem synoptic and physics synoptic :eek: :eek: So scared....
Yeah...but the raw marks will be standardised into UMS marks...so if everyone did poorly...it'll mean the UMS marks will be higher in proportion to the raw marks. I heard last years bio synoptic....23/37 was an A....i hope its the same this year

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Four tiers sounds too complicated - typical of this government. Why not just have A* if you get to 90 per cent?
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Yeah...but the raw marks will be standardised into UMS marks...so if everyone did poorly...it'll mean the UMS marks will be higher in proportion to the raw marks. I heard last years bio synoptic....23/37 was an A....i hope its the same this year

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O shoot you reminded me of bio synoptic and our S4 paper was so hard most of the people i know only completed 3 or 4 out of 5 questions
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Four tiers sounds too complicated - typical of this government. Why not just have A* if you get to 90 per cent?
I dunno...like you said...the government is being dumb as usual

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O shoot you reminded me of bio synoptic and our S4 paper was so hard most of the people i know only completed 3 or 4 out of 5 questions
Whoops...sorry....phew...i didn't do S4

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or why not scrap a levels all together just let the universities test u, and if ur not goin to uni dont do a levels, do something useful like be an electrician instead of wasting the 2 years and tax payers money
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or why not scrap a levels all together just let the universities test u, and if ur not goin to uni dont do a levels, do something useful like be an electrician instead of wasting the 2 years and tax payers money
In Iran it's like that.They have an overall university admissions test based upon your position gradewise in the country, you're accepted in universities for instance, if you're the 1000th person in the country you'll get into a lower grade university..it's terrible....
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