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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Self Entitled? Buddy this is supposed to be a fair system... If other people have a better chance of getting into a good university then fk the system.

    Yeah well that is NOT my point. my point is EVERYONE should do AS-Reforms then. Why should some do it and some not?
    Especially for the last part, this reply deserves a rep. Unfortunately I can't rep OP again :sad:
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    Wow, I've never thought of it in this way before. I have always thought it was unfair in the sense that our year group are at a disadvantage compared to the years above us; their old spec papers were all of similar style so it was easier for them to practice and prepare for their exams. We are also at a disadvantage compared to the years below us; they will be able to use our new spec exam papers as a guide to how their exam will be so they will be more prepared. Our year group had no relevant practice papers at all (the specimen papers hardly count).
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    (Original post by jessyjellytot14)
    Wow, I've never thought of it in this way before. I have always thought it was unfair in the sense that our year group are at a disadvantage compared to the years above us; their old spec papers were all of similar style so it was easier for them to practice and prepare for their exams. We are also at a disadvantage compared to the years below us; they will be able to use our new spec exam papers as a guide to how their exam will be so they will be more prepared. Our year group had no relevant practice papers at all (the specimen papers hardly count).
    Yeah the specimen papers weren't even representative of any of the exams!
    More annoyingly was that private schools are much more likely to not do AS levels.
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    (Original post by Jitesh)
    Yeah the specimen papers weren't even representative of any of the exams!
    More annoyingly was that private schools are much more likely to not do AS levels.
    This is another point I want to make is that..
    Mock exams are sometimes not representative of the new AS syllabus. Not only this but they can be accessible online quite easily hence making "cheating" easier thus allowing for higher predicted grades increasing the probability of the person getting a University offer, and somewhere on the other side of the UK, a kid who didn't cheat because he practically couldn't since he was taking the externally assessed exam and got predicted a B grade... thus he does not receive an offer.
    I don't think that's fair. You might say.. hey that's the college's fault.. but think of the bigger picture here. This is someones future that's been ruined. And cheating DOES happen.. I know at other schools everyone has to retake their Chemistry mock exams because the papers were accessible online and some decided to cheat.

    And one more thing is that under funded schools ... i.e. state comprehensive schools not Academies or grammar schools or private schools... do take AS levels simply because they cannot afford to assess exams internally. Again... Is this fair?
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    Thank you Just trying to raise awareness. Did you teach in preparation for Mocks or for the AS-level exams?
    Well my subject hasn't gone linear yet so the AS exams still count. However the college policy for linear subjects last year was to keep standalone AS exams. Most staff members were against this. This year due to staff demand they have scrapped ASs and will be doing "rigorous mocks". Mocks are never gonna have the same pressure as a real AS exam though. Don't get me wrong, I'm not for the AS thing either. The whole reform sucks. It was fine with AS counting towards a full alevel. It meant that university predictions were easier for teachers and it is also an easier structure to teach, content wise.*

    You'll find most teachers are against it, but there's a few who are for it because it makes them harder.*
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    (Original post by Someboady)
    And one more thing is that under funded schools ... i.e. state comprehensive schools not Academies or grammar schools or private schools... do take AS levels simply because they cannot afford to assess exams internally. Again... Is this fair?
    I'm not sure about that last point.. why can't they afford to do exams internally? Financially or as in they need to kick people out who will get bad grades next year and ruin their stats? But it is clear state schools are more likely to have done AS exams. And they were probably more likely to have forced students to do General Studies or Critical Thinking (both terrible courses!)... to look better on league tables and get additional funding!
 
 
 
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