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    i honestly dont know what you guys are complaining about..... We had to do the international edexcel papers and they were so much harder compared to the UK papers (apart from C3) with the grade boundaries for us sometimes being 10marks higher compared to the UK paper.....some of my friends feel really hard done by
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    (Original post by Seble)
    How do you know it was the chief examiner?
    Our head of English is really high up in AQA (Head of something, I forget what) so he found out.
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    defo harsh...i was hoping to get at least a B for maths, and i got a D, but i got B's on both my core 1 and 2, it was stats that just bombed me out. And i failed my physics, got A for unit 2 art but ended with a final C cuz my unit 1 sucked and a D for Drama....seriously...how are we suppose to apply do a decent uni with these grades. What about you guys?
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    (Original post by Lyrical Prodigy)
    I'm really not sure on what to do. I dunno if I should retake the year or carry on with my grades. Because if I carry on with it, I might not get the grade for uni and btw don't uni's give you offers based on you ASs? I'm screwed. Really confused...:cry2:
    Aww luck on the bright side we are still living can you please answer my question and ill give u some advice aswell?
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    (Original post by imjustrach)
    Same! Only 1 person got a C and the rest of us got D's even though we got A/B in classroom work, something isn't right although I know the chief examiner marked ours
    Exactly how it is for my sixth form! One of my best friends did Combined, was getting As in every essay, A in coursework, ended up with an D or E in the exam and an overall C. The same thing happens every year with English and it just seems so unfair Hmm, that's strange
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    Did anyone else's OCR history papers get given 1 mark below the grade boundaries? People I know have been getting 59, 69, 79 UMS but not the top grade A..? They are going to be busy with remarks this year.
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    (Original post by Lyrical Prodigy)
    I'm really not sure on what to do. I dunno if I should retake the year or carry on with my grades. Because if I carry on with it, I might not get the grade for uni and btw don't uni's give you offers based on you ASs? I'm screwed. Really confused...:cry2:
    University's do give you offers based on your AS's, but mainly only those you are carrying on with. Just remember that if you retake the year, it can make some universities reject you on the spot!
    Also, like with my University which i just got into, they are usually lenient on one or two grades - so let's say that you achieve BBC at AS, you would probably get accepted onto a course of ABB or ABC
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    (Original post by silkysmoothpro)
    Did anyone else's OCR history papers get given 1 mark below the grade boundaries? People I know have been getting 59, 69, 79 UMS but not the top grade A..? They are going to be busy with remarks this year.
    They probably do it so that they get the money
    However, remember that examiners are told that if you are one mark/UMS from a grade boundary, they are meant to look through your paper and award you this mark
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    So many of my friends are having to redo the whole of year 12 because their results where that bad (a mixture if Ds, Es and Us). It's the highest rate ever in my school!
    I was hoping for AABB or ABBB at least but achieved BBCC. I'm requesting my paper back for a possible remark.
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    (Original post by anonymousecheese)
    could i possibly get ABB and do psychology
    i got A-psychology C-biology D-chem D- english lit
    i just feel so dumb because i worked really hard:banghead:
    Yes you can! Definitely drop one of your subjects - i'd personally suggest dropping Chemistry - and work extremely hard! Don't rely to much on resits, especially since there are no more January exams, and due to how hard A2 exams are

    All i can say is, if you hope to move Biology up, get revising now! So much to learn (I was with OCR, it may be different for other boards!)!
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    I know exactly what you mean, I luckily somehow achieved AAAC, however one of my best friends only got BCCD and I was feeling so sorry for him as I know he did so much revision and worked really hard for his grades. There were also people all around me getting Cs and Bs who I'd expected to have gotten A's!
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    From my personal experience (as well as that of others I have seen since on TSR) the AQA English Literature AS was marked very harshly. I got an A* for my coursework but yesterday I found out that this had been reduced to a grade B, why I don't know until my college gets a report from AQA next week. My exam didn't go that well, I was expecting like a D for it, but I got an E, so that combined with my lowered Coursework grade meant that I got a D overall. I'm probably going to resit it because I want to do English at Uni. It's a similar situation for the rest of my class, E grades when they were expecting C grades and stuff like that, I don't know anyone who got higher than a D, although I haven't yet found anyone whose coursework was lowered by two whole grade boundaries like mine was. It was the AQA course that focused on the literature of world war one, with the war poems of Wilfred Owen being the focus of the exam. Thankfully I did well in all my other subjects (BBB)
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    I think they were a lot harsher than they have been in past years.

    I have two friends that got AAAA, but even they were predicted widely 100%s in modules and they only just got As.

    I was predicited As and I got AABB, with As in maths and further maths and Bs in chemistry and physics, I was pretty close with chemistry but I was predicted over 90 and I worked so hard, I don't know what happened. Physics wasn't even close and I was predicted over 90 in that too.

    It's not the end of the world because my grades are not terrible, but I worked so hard and I don't understand how I'm going to get A*AA next year if I can't manage to get AAAA at AS :-( good bye cambridge hopes
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    (Original post by silkysmoothpro)
    Did anyone else's OCR history papers get given 1 mark below the grade boundaries? People I know have been getting 59, 69, 79 UMS but not the top grade A..? They are going to be busy with remarks this year.
    Yeah i did OCR Too! I got an A in one paper and a C in the sources wbu ?
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    (Original post by livinglife123)
    Awwh what did you get for it? I think mines worth a remark tbh I can't be bothered to resit it.
    I actually did get an A but seriously that was the hardest paper I have ever sat, all the practices I did I breezed but that one I felt like it was weird questions and the second one was about one of the leaders right? (can't remember which one) and I just felt that it was super specific and odd. The other paper I did horrendously on though, felt like a hard year for history.


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    BDDU - Yeah they were harsh =(
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    (Original post by turnip storm)
    Yes you can! Definitely drop one of your subjects - i'd personally suggest dropping Chemistry - and work extremely hard! Don't rely to much on resits, especially since there are no more January exams, and due to how hard A2 exams are

    All i can say is, if you hope to move Biology up, get revising now! So much to learn (I was with OCR, it may be different for other boards!)!
    thank you so much for the encouragement
    id drop chem but i cant stand english lit
    i will definetly start revising now!
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    hey, I just got my a levels back and heading off to uni.

    just to let you all know that my AS last year was very bad compared to what i was capable of. i got ABCD and dropped the C.

    my whole school pretty much did bad aswell, but its not because of the harsh marking, its because the jump from GCSE to AS level is so large! thats the reason why year 12s generally do badly.

    and to let you all know, AS grades dont really matter! better start softening up your teachers because the predictions is what counts! with grades ABD I got predicitons ABB which was enough to get all 5 offers from universities such as Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds! I was even offered grades AAB, even though my predicitons wern't that!

    through retakes and re-thinking my revision stratagy, my results yesterday were AAA. so its very important to remember that its not the end of the world!! I went from a very low D to an A.

    and year 13 is easier than year 12. take year 12 and your AS results as a learning curve. you spent year 12 trying to figure out how the examiners do or dont like things, time to put it into practice in year 13!

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE FOR NEXT YEAR!!
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    (Original post by anonymousecheese)
    thank you so much for the encouragement
    id drop chem but i cant stand english lit
    i will definetly start revising now!
    Haha, if you find Lit worse than Chem then drop that instead I was just going on my own preference and the fact that Lit might be a little easier as i think it has less exams (AQA does anyway)?
 
 
 
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