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    (Original post by xxrebeccabexixx)
    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!!
    Wow, that's pretty good. I'm in the same boat you were in with my As being A,B,D, and E Want to drop off the E and carry on with the rest. The thing is I don't want to resit any except maybe a History module (if it doesn't go up with a remark) to get it to an overall B. Also, planning on working a lot harder next year, to get them to A/A* (I have high hopes!)
    Wanted to ask, do you think it's ok, if I still apply for Cambridge using one of my choices? I feel like I can do it ...
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    Oh my god yes the grades were really harsh this year, I ended up with BCDD, the 2 D's being in two of my favorite subjects
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    Is it wise to recheck the AQA physics paper for unit 2? I was only 2 marks of an A
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    It's possible this year was marked more harshly, but AS students do say this every year. There's a big jump between GCSE and AS so students often don't do as we'll as they hoped. Not because they didn't try hard but because the format of papers and style of questions are a lot different to GCSE.

    When I got my AS results 2 years ago, almost a third of the whole year got chucked out because they didn't get what they needed (equivalent of 4 Ds) to get into year 13, and this was in a decent(ish) grammar school. Additionally some were allowed to resit the whole year, they were students that tried hard, they just fell down mainly because of exam technique.

    So I can't really speak for this years marking or papers, because I haven't sat this years exams, but I think part of it could just be because of the big jump up from GCSE. Most people, (myself included) didn't do as well at AS as they expected. But then in A2, you're more used to the style of assessment and can work on exam technique, and resit some AS modules that you didn't do so well in. So most people do better at the end of A2 than they did at AS, so don't worry if you didn't get what you were hoping for.
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    (Original post by Robbie242)
    I got a B in S1 as well but expected an A, I think the marking was harsher in general.
    Arsey did mention that the mark scheme for S1 is harsh
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    (Original post by livinglife123)
    Wow, that's pretty good. I'm in the same boat you were in with my As being A,B,D, and E Want to drop off the E and carry on with the rest. The thing is I don't want to resit any except maybe a History module (if it doesn't go up with a remark) to get it to an overall B. Also, planning on working a lot harder next year, to get them to A/A* (I have high hopes!)
    Wanted to ask, do you think it's ok, if I still apply for Cambridge using one of my choices? I feel like I can do it ...
    the only people I know yo get offers from oxford or cambridge got all A's in their AS.sometimes, oxbridge isnt for everyone, but there are plenty of other good unis out there!

    ADVICE: retake is much better than remark! a remark may have 1 or 2 UMS gain (or loss!) and the overall grade at AS doesnt matter! retake to get lots more UMS, because its the total UMS that makes your overall a level grade at the end of year 13.
    so your choice: extra 2UMS marks, or extra 30?

    also, A* is only possible if you have an A at AS and 90% at A2. noone can get an A* overall if they have a B at AS, even if they get 100% at A2!
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    It might just show the difference between GCSE's and A Levels. I found they expected a lot more detail at AS level- almost an entirely different exam technique. I remember I was pretty shell shocked at the time, too. I finished my first year of college with CCEU, so I can empathise.
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    yes in some ways the AS marks were quite harsh. People in my school were predicted A's and B's and ended up with C's, D's and U's which is really upsetting to watch as some of them were my mates :/. But I put it down to the exam board as they change and alter their grade boundaries every year and this year the grade boundaries could have been slightly higher than they were last year. Though it is very disheartening getting bad results and trust me I have experience in that, you will be fine and your grades shouldn't stop you from doing the career you want to do. All you have to do is to work a lot harder next year to pull it up as well as retaking a few exams/modules.
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    people that didn't deserve high grades got them for example, someone got A in an exam which they revised last minute for, and someone who worked there ****ing ass off for weeks got a D
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    WARNING; IRREVELANT POST.

    Why do TSR users insist on using a possessive 's' for grades? Multiple grades are a plural, not a possessive. Primary school children know that.
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    Hi
    I got CCCC yesturday and i'm very dissapointed i worked hard enough and was expecting atleast ABBC
    should i retake the year
    or should i carry on and aim for BBB at A2 and try and do a foundation year for civil engineering at a competitive university
    plss help
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    (Original post by Ashahedow)
    WARNING; IRREVELANT POST.

    Why do TSR users insist on using a possessive 's' for grades? Multiple grades are a plural, not a possessive. Primary school children know that.
    God bless you, sir. I am sick of seeing this. The thing that gets me is a girl in my English class got an A in English and tweeted: A's in English and Psychology, and B's in Law and Sociology #winning #uniiscloserbrav

    I got a D in English, yet I know this. FML.
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    (Original post by G i l l)
    God bless you, sir. I am sick of seeing this. The thing that gets me is a girl in my English class got an A in English and tweeted: A's in English and Psychology, and B's in Law and Sociology #winning #uniiscloserbrav

    I got a D in English, yet I know this. FML.
    It's ma'am to you. There are people asking whether they'll be good enough for Oxbridge yet their posts are riddled with grammatical errors.

    I despair for our generation.
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    (Original post by Ashahedow)
    It's ma'am to you. There are people asking whether they'll be good enough for Oxbridge yet their posts are riddled with grammatical errors.

    I despair for our generation.
    Haha! Sorry, ma'am - didn't acknowledge your picture.

    I definitely despair too... or as many kids would say: I definately despair two.
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    (Original post by MeganRok)
    YES!! Predicted A in both, and got C and D... getting both remarked. I'm not even joking when i say Economics is my strongest subject, i got near full marks in all the past papers and i found the exams a breeze. very suspicious.

    i think im going to get mine remarked now, just scared of the slight possibility of it going down

    let me kno how you get on
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    (Original post by xxrebeccabexixx)
    the only people I know yo get offers from oxford or cambridge got all A's in their AS.sometimes, oxbridge isnt for everyone, but there are plenty of other good unis out there!

    ADVICE: retake is much better than remark! a remark may have 1 or 2 UMS gain (or loss!) and the overall grade at AS doesnt matter! retake to get lots more UMS, because its the total UMS that makes your overall a level grade at the end of year 13.
    so your choice: extra 2UMS marks, or extra 30?

    also, A* is only possible if you have an A at AS and 90% at A2. noone can get an A* overall if they have a B at AS, even if they get 100% at A2!
    But I'm sure they don't only look at As grades - they must consider other things like your personal statement etc.

    Like you said, it's all about UMS. Here's what I found ...

    You have achieved 150/200 (75%) UMS at AS-Level and have a B. You then score 180/200 (90%) UMS in your A2 modules giving you a score of 330/400 (82.5%) UMS in total. As you've satisfied both conditions, you will receive an A*.


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    (Original post by MeganRok)
    24 people in my 6th form have been kicked out today, and they are just normal students who actually worked really hard. I worked for months and months, and still only achieved BBBC, which isn't my best and it has altered my career plans greatly to the point where i'm about to give up.

    Any else finding this year really tough? I honestly feel like i've failed myself, my family and even my school.

    you're exactly like me - can't see where i put a foot wrong ito effort and the exam itself. i was stunned and i'm still stunned.
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    I got an A in Maths, B in Physics, D in Geography and U in Chemistry which was kind of expected.
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    (Original post by carpe diem 123)
    The marking for F322 is shocking. I was convinced I'd only lost one mark, and subsequently sat the actual paper a few days later which was marked by my chem teacher and she reckoned it would be around 97/100, yet I get my results and it's 123/150!

    Definitely get your script photocopied and sent back and then get a remark. OCR chem is known for shoddy marking - it's such a long exam paper half the examiners loose the will to live and just fob people off with badly graded questions.

    Good luck!
    i got 98/150 - absolutely shocked,even worse i got 116/120 - two marks off a A in biology in an exam where 69/100 got you an A.Considering remarking both straight off because i'm *** off.Can understand chemistry grade boundaries were 82 for an A (ridiculous) but surely my efforts don't deserve a C and a b in both exams,more like a B and an A!
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    (Original post by MeganRok)
    YES!! Predicted A in both, and got C and D... getting both remarked. I'm not even joking when i say Economics is my strongest subject, i got near full marks in all the past papers and i found the exams a breeze. very suspicious.
    I'm in nearly the exact same situation! Predicted an A in both papers by both of my economics teachers, came out with a C in both. The exams felt so easy compared to some of the past papers I'd done and achieved As and Bs in..
 
 
 
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