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    You will have one chance to repeat with that controlled assessment folder. After that I assume you'd have to take the new spec for AQA which is much more difficult.

    All I can say is that, while I understand it asks you to do a lot in a short amount of time, unfortunately because you've already been given extra time over other students and still did not complete the paper it is unlikely you will be given more.

    I agree with other posters that to practise makes perfect. It takes training and you need to know how to approach each question. They are formulaic and the same every year - the only the thing that changes are the sources. Keep doing practice papers as much as you can, time yourself very strictly and over time you will find you improve.

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    (Original post by sherlockfan)
    It's neither of those. I am slow to think and come up with ideas to write. When I got stuck on something I did move on, or else I wouldn't have got anything done at all. In English there isn't one set answer.
    I did practice properly, tried to do past papers like everyone else. I didn't revise as much as I should have because of lack of concentration.
    Then its the third option in that you arent allowed enough time, but you will need medical evidence or support to justify you getting any more.

    When you do the resit you need to maximise your chances by understanding what your limitations/ handicaps are and then working out as best as possible how to give yourself the best chance in the exam, It might be your approach, it might be understanding, it might be unfamiliarity. Just prepare and then retake. Use your teacher or if you have SEN support then make sure you get support to lead you through the bits that are stopping you.
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    Then its the third option in that you arent allowed enough time, but you will need medical evidence or support to justify you getting any more.

    When you do the resit you need to maximise your chances by understanding what your limitations/ handicaps are and then working out as best as possible how to give yourself the best chance in the exam, It might be your approach, it might be understanding, it might be unfamiliarity. Just prepare and then retake. Use your teacher or if you have SEN support then make sure you get support to lead you through the bits that are stopping you.
    I already had extra time, I don't think they'd give me more. Funny thing is if I was allowed to take it home and do it in my own time I'd probably do quite well. I got top marks in all my coursework and even got 57 out of 80 in one of my mocks.
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    (Original post by sherlockfan)
    I already had extra time, I don't think they'd give me more. Funny thing is if I was allowed to take it home and do it in my own time I'd probably do quite well. I got top marks in all my coursework and even got 57 out of 80 in one of my mocks.
    You need to talk to your teacher and learn from this exam. If you have other exams then you need to put this to one side. You cna retake it, dont worry, but if there are areas to improve, then you need to.
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    To be blunt, a lot of people could ace the exam if given unlimited time at home. The purpose of exams is to provide a pressurised deadline for you to meet - that way when you say you got your A in English an employer knows you are capable of both using English effectively and doing it to a deadline.

    Absolutely try and get extra time if you can. Just remember the time limits (though frustrating!) are there for a reason.

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    (Original post by JustJen)
    To be blunt, a lot of people could ace the exam if given unlimited time at home. The purpose of exams is to provide a pressurised deadline for you to meet - that way when you say you got your A in English an employer knows you are capable of both using English effectively and doing it to a deadline.

    Absolutely try and get extra time if you can. Just remember the time limits (though frustrating!) are there for a reason.

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    Employers don't ask someone to write an article in 30 minutes. That's completely unrealistic.
    I already had extra time.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    You need to talk to your teacher and learn from this exam. If you have other exams then you need to put this to one side. You cna retake it, dont worry, but if there are areas to improve, then you need to.
    I studied at an adult college and I'm not sure they offer retakes. I emailed them to ask but I don't know if it's worth it.
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    No but they give you deadlines. They want emails spelled correctly, well structured and fit for purpose. And usually written quicker than 30 minutes.

    You seem to be talking yourself in circles - either you get more time for your needs (as you already have) or learn to use your time more appropriately to pass the exam. There is no option C.

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    No but they give you deadlines. They want emails spelled correctly, well structured and fit for purpose. And usually written quicker than 30 minutes.

    You seem to be talking yourself in circles - either you get more time for your needs (as you already have) or learn to use your time more appropriately to pass the exam. There is no option C.

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    *spelt correctly.

    Or I just accept my failure and move on.
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    (Original post by sherlockfan)
    I studied at an adult college and I'm not sure they offer retakes. I emailed them to ask but I don't know if it's worth it.
    If you dont have English language, then it along with maths tends to prove useful to have. I would say if you felt it was just the exam, then you definitely get better with practice.
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    Spelled is acceptable. It's an irregular verb with both spellings widely accepted. Spelt is more antiquated though still correct.

    I'm an English teacher and as you seem dead set against listening to advice from someone who marks these exams regularly I will stop

    Good luck.

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    (Original post by sherlockfan)
    Thanks but having a slow brain due to illness isn't something I can work on. Its not going to improve.
    I just hope the examiners are sympathetic. I'd have to pay a fortune to retake.
    At least you have your coursework to fall back on. That should bring up your final grade.
    Oh no! I hope it does get better but it's not the end of the world. You can do anything you set your mind to. The power of the human mind is incredible once you stop constraining it.
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    At least you have your coursework to fall back on. That should bring up your final grade.
    Oh no! I hope it does get better but it's not the end of the world. You can do anything you set your mind to. The power of the human mind is incredible once you stop constraining it.
    It's not me constraining my mind, it's an illness. My mind is broken. Thanks for being supportive though. I had thought of going to study at the OU next year but I don't see that happening now. I'd forgotten how tough it was and I'm not made for education. It's a good thing I realised it sooner rather than later!
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    If you dont have English language, then it along with maths tends to prove useful to have. I would say if you felt it was just the exam, then you definitely get better with practice.
    I'm a mature student though. I have a certificate of secondary education but it's from Spain. I even have a few A levels. My life isn't going to suffer considerably for not having an English GCSE.
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    (Original post by sherlockfan)
    I'm a mature student though. I have a certificate of secondary education but it's from Spain. I even have a few A levels. My life isn't going to suffer considerably for not having an English GCSE.
    Not sure what the point of your thread is then?
    If you failed you can retake it.
    If they have assessed you correctly then you have all the time you will get and you have to work on making the most of it despite any handicap.
    In the UK you often get asked fro 5 GCSE's inluding Maths and English, but if you dont think you need it, then obviously you dont.
    The only other reason i would then retake would be to achieve or prove that i could pass.

    The discussion is quite circular.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    Not sure what the point of your thread is then?
    If you failed you can retake it.
    If they have assessed you correctly then you have all the time you will get and you have to work on making the most of it despite any handicap.
    In the UK you often get asked fro 5 GCSE's inluding Maths and English, but if you dont think you need it, then obviously you dont.
    The only other reason i would then retake would be to achieve or prove that i could pass.

    The discussion is quite circular.
    Can I retake just the exam or do I have to sit through all the controls assessments as well? If the latter then it won't be worth it. If I only have to do the exam again I might consider it.
    For the record I haven't seen any job descriptions that ask for 5 GCSEs. Ever.
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    Can I retake just the exam or do I have to sit through all the controls assessments as well? If the latter then it won't be worth it. If I only have to do the exam again I might consider it.
    No idea of the exam board. You can most likely just retake the exam. Talk to your college. If you intend to get a job in the UK then I would say resit.
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    (Original post by 999tigger)
    No idea of the exam board. You can most likely just retake the exam. Talk to your college. If you intend to get a job in the UK then I would say resit.
    I have a job actually but thanks.
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    I have a job actually but thanks.
    No worries i should have given up ages ago.
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    I know your main purpose of this thread is far from catching sympathy voters. But can I just say that I totally empathise with your situation and I understand how difficult it must be to have an intelligent mind but a processing barrier which to examiners will completely disguise your capabilities.

    Please forgive me if I'm being too personal here, however would you mind disclosing the exact medical terminology for the disability you have? You may PM me if you wish for your own privacy, but I strongly feel as though I could help you greatly if I know the specific condition concerned.

    I wish you the best of luck with your studies.
 
 
 
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