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(Original post by roar558)
oh well as long as you do well enough to not require an appeal, it shouldn't have any real effect since the working is only checked for appeals for those extra few marks
Yeah, well at the moment I'm thinking I might need an Appeal!
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(Original post by garlicbreadman)
Or if you are just under a grade boundary, they do a remark, and the working could come in handy.
I showed all of my working and basically wrote out all my thoughts, no wonder I used all of the booklet.

But, seriously, don't worry, They have your working for paper 1 section B, paper 2, and also your prelim(s).

I guess they just like to have your working to check those trickier questions like Q20
Ok, thanks. I got Q20 wrong anyway! So are they less likely to accept an appeal if you don't have the working? I thought they just based it on prelims.
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Ok, thanks. I got Q20 wrong anyway! So are they less likely to accept an appeal if you don't have the working? I thought they just based it on prelims.
The multi choice questions are 2 marks, if you get the answer wrong yet you show the right idea for the working they'll give you a mark. This is normally done during an appeal.
They will still accept appeals even if you don't have working but there's a greater chance for the appeal to succeed if you show the working, since you may go up a grade from those extra marks
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The multi choice questions are 2 marks, if you get the answer wrong yet you show the right idea for the working they'll give you a mark. This is normally done during an appeal.
They will still accept appeals even if you don't have working but there's a greater chance for the appeal to succeed if you show the working, since you may go up a grade from those extra marks
Ok, that's not so bad because I got 2 MC questions wrong in total and one of them I just guessed so that would only give me 1 more mark extra at the most for the working for the other one.
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on question 21a) do you lose marks if you dont simplify the gradient my final answer was 15y+2x=216 thats right apart from the simplification
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on question 21a) do you lose marks if you dont simplify the gradient my final answer was 15y+2x=216 thats right apart from the simplification
I think you may lose a mark for not simplifying
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I think you may lose a mark for not simplifying
See for 21b) where you had to prove T was on the line. Is finding the gradient of T to one of the points and then finding the gradient of T to the other and then saying they have the same gradient and T is a common point acceptable? No worries if you're not sure
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See for 21b) where you had to prove T was on the line. Is finding the gradient of T to one of the points and then finding the gradient of T to the other and then saying they have the same gradient and T is a common point acceptable? No worries if you're not sure
I'm not 100% sure but as it's a proof of collinearity i think it is acceptable however it is a kinda long way of doing it, wouldn't it have been quicker to plug in the x value of T into the equation of BQ and finding it = the y value?
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See for 21b) where you had to prove T was on the line. Is finding the gradient of T to one of the points and then finding the gradient of T to the other and then saying they have the same gradient and T is a common point acceptable? No worries if you're not sure
Yes, that's fine. (Was it you that already asked this?)
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Yes, that's fine. (Was it you that already asked this?)
Nah, it wasn't me that has asked it but I didn't want to go looking through the whole thread as I'd get distracted :p:
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on question 21a) do you lose marks if you dont simplify the gradient my final answer was 15y+2x=216 thats right apart from the simplification
I've always been told that it's fine to leave it like this unless the question asks for the equation in a specific form. I'm sure you don't lose a mark.

Is this correct? y-10 = -2/5 (x-11)
That's what I left it as.
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I've always been told that it's fine to leave it like this unless the question asks for the equation in a specific form. I'm sure you don't lose a mark.

Is this correct? y-10 = -2/5 (x-11)
That's what I left it as.
I think he meant he didn't simplify the gradient from -6/15 to -2/5 before substituting in
Yes that looks right to me though i would simplify it
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I think he meant he didn't simplify the gradient from -6/15 to -2/5 before substituting in
Yes that looks right to me though i would simplify it
Oh no, I didn't realise you lost marks for not simplifying... :/ Ahh, it'll only be one mark maybe.
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(Original post by Emmak7)

That was a paper from HELL!! Paper 1 was easy, paper two was living hell :/
I would be lucky to get a B (which I need for uni...)

Anyone know what was the pass mark last year? do you think they'll lower the pass mark?
They wont lower the pass mark from last year, the paper this year was alot easier than last years.
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I think he meant he didn't simplify the gradient from -6/15 to -2/5 before substituting in
Yes that looks right to me though i would simplify it
Oh, sorry, I see what you mean. In that case you might lose 1 mark at the most.
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They wont lower the pass mark from last year, the paper this year was alot easier than last years.
Easier? :eek:
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Easier? :eek:
Well, exam nerves make everything seem harder, after the exams, i retried the paper and breezed through it, found all my mistakes.
i believe last year's paper 1 was harder than this years, and last year's paper 2 was about the same maybe a bit easier making this year's technically easier overall since paper 1 is out of more than paper 2.
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Well, exam nerves make everything seem harder, after the exams, i retried the paper and breezed through it, found all my mistakes.
i believe last year's paper 1 was harder than this years, and last year's paper 2 was about the same maybe a bit easier making this year's technically easier overall since paper 1 is out of more than paper 2.
I agree with paper 1, I have to admit it was quite easy this year. But I thought paper 2 was a lot harder than last year's. Oh well, maybe you're right about the exam nerves making it seem much more difficult. So do you think this means the boundaries will hike back up to their usual 75-78% for an A?
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They won't lower the pass mark but I don't think they will raise it either. It doesn't matter how we you do after the exam, it's how well you do in the exam and judging by the majority of people, the exam was pretty hard. I hope it stays at around 72% anyway so I can have a secure A. I'm hovering around 75-80 percent which I find very nervewracking.
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I agree with paper 1, I have to admit it was quite easy this year. But I thought paper 2 was a lot harder than last year's. Oh well, maybe you're right about the exam nerves making it seem much more difficult. So do you think this means the boundaries will hike back up to their usual 75-78% for an A?
No, it'll probably stay at about 71 maybe go up to 75 worst case but probably not. My reasoning was that paper 1 is out of 70, paper 2 is out of 60 so the difficulty of paper 1 is more important than the difficulty of paper 2 in terms of marks and i didn't feel paper 2 this year was that much more difficult than last year whereas paper 1 was a bit of a joke this year.
But then again paper 1 is never that hard...
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