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    (Original post by Dylann)
    1/75 lol (sorry)

    Still an excellent score for this years olympiad

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    Taking the Olympiad tomorrow. Really nervous.
    Its going to be such an embarrassment when my teachers mark my paper and discover my score.
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    (Original post by Xenorebrem)
    Taking the Olympiad tomorrow. Really nervous.
    Its going to be such an embarrassment when my teachers mark my paper and discover my score.
    Lol I had to write that I am doing a Chemistry degree next year on the front...! Just read the questions properly and don't be afraid to move on if you get stuck

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    Anyone know when the results are released?
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    I don't think the paper was/is bad as a lot of people on this thread are making it out to be. This happens even with A-Level exams, people think that their year's exam was the 'hardest' when in reality it is all down to exam pressure. I would agree that it was slightly more demanding, but only on question 5. Question 1,2,3 and 4 were very accessible in my opinion.
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    (Original post by Protoxylic)
    I don't think the paper was/is bad as a lot of people on this thread are making it out to be. This happens even with A-Level exams, people think that their year's exam was the 'hardest' when in reality it is all down to exam pressure. I would agree that it was slightly more demanding, but only on question 5. Question 1,2,3 and 4 were very accessible in my opinion.
    Finally, Someone that matches my wavelength! I remember seeing you in the cambridge chemistry challenge thread .
    Honestly I'd say this is just your standard Olympiad paper, I don't see any increase in difficulty compared to last year's paper, but with 10 more marks to score kinda places you on greater time pressure. Q1,2,3 are standard questions similar to last year's.

    Though the only reason people find it harder than the past papers is because they don't have the mark scheme to work with. Question 5 in my opinion is pretty comprehension based. Some people are too used to follow textbooks like a sheep(no insult here), and more likely to choke when something they haven't learned came up. Honestly, every exam if there's a slight tweak in format I see people moaning how "unfair" and "hardest ever" and even petitions to lower grade boundaries. The thing is, always 7% people achieve gold every year regardless of difficulty, and it's no-one's fault if you couldn't defeat 93% other candidates.
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    Finished my olympiad about 30 mind ago and I've already forgotten loads of stuff that was on it seeing as I guessed a lot :sigh:
    Although to be fair everyone on here made it sound a lost worse than it was (i was expecting to be answering about 2 parts of 1 question in total)
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    Does anyone know the deadline for sitting the paper and sending the results?

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    (Original post by Xenorebrem)
    Does anyone know the deadline for sitting the paper and sending the results?

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    Today is, and only send paper for moderation if the candidate achieved a high mark, i'd say over 35.
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    Today is, and only send paper for moderation if the candidate achieved a high mark, i'd say over 35.
    My teacher said she would send the results tomorrow :confused:

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    Anyone willing to speculate what sort of mark is needed for round 2 this year? I think I'm pretty much on the line...
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    I'm gonna guess at 60/75.. what are your thoughts?

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    (Original post by Protoxylic)
    I don't think the paper was/is bad as a lot of people on this thread are making it out to be. This happens even with A-Level exams, people think that their year's exam was the 'hardest' when in reality it is all down to exam pressure. I would agree that it was slightly more demanding, but only on question 5. Question 1,2,3 and 4 were very accessible in my opinion.
    I will have to disagree. If you compare the questions to past papers you will notice the questions are similar to all the difficult questions on past papers (i.e. this years questions were all the last question difficulty of past papers). If you look at past olympiad threads on TSR you will see not many people complaining about it.

    I think RSc/INEOS want teachers to start properly training students for the Olympiad, in order to ultimately have stronger candidates at the IChO.

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    (Original post by Dylann)
    I will have to disagree. If you compare the questions to past papers you will notice the questions are similar to all the difficult questions on past papers (i.e. this years questions were all the last question difficulty of past papers). If you look at past olympiad threads on TSR you will see not many people complaining about it.

    I think RSc/INEOS want teachers to start properly training students for the Olympiad, in order to ultimately have stronger candidates at the IChO.

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    I don't see where the difficulty lies. I have done all the past papers and I would say that it is of similar difficulty. A lot of the questions on this year's paper (without giving much away) were very accessible given the information you were given in the question. For example, the synthesis route this year was incredibly trivial compared to any other years'. The mathematics involved required nothing other than simple GCSE algebra, although disguised as a few symbols. RSc would do nothing of the sort, I do not believe they want to start Oympiad 'training', that is completely against what they want. The Olympiad is supposed to be something of a step up from A-Level, if it becomes so standardised in the sense that centres now offer specialised classes, then the Olympiad will lose it's prestige as an award for those candidates who want to take their knowledge further. What is the point in trying to learn the system if in the end you're regurgitating information, this is exactly the problem with A-Levels now.
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    (Original post by AndyChow)
    Finally, Someone that matches my wavelength! I remember seeing you in the cambridge chemistry challenge thread .
    Honestly I'd say this is just your standard Olympiad paper, I don't see any increase in difficulty compared to last year's paper, but with 10 more marks to score kinda places you on greater time pressure. Q1,2,3 are standard questions similar to last year's.

    Though the only reason people find it harder than the past papers is because they don't have the mark scheme to work with. Question 5 in my opinion is pretty comprehension based. Some people are too used to follow textbooks like a sheep(no insult here), and more likely to choke when something they haven't learned came up. Honestly, every exam if there's a slight tweak in format I see people moaning how "unfair" and "hardest ever" and even petitions to lower grade boundaries. The thing is, always 7% people achieve gold every year regardless of difficulty, and it's no-one's fault if you couldn't defeat 93% other candidates.
    Exactly, people have such a skewed view of education on here, they tend to believe everything they see on these forums. If one found it hard, it does not mean it IS hard (Relative to previous papers). Although the converse can be said, however, it is in my opinion that this year's paper is comparable to previous years' papers.
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    I'm gonna guess at 60/75.. what are your thoughts?

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    I've been doing these papers for years: I finished last year, but only had about 20 mins to check: this year I had an hour! (although I was tired so still did horribly. ) but I feel this paper was extremely accessible to a more mathematical student so I think 65 for round 2, and the reason some found it hard was that it played to certain strengths and not others... I could be wrong...


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    I'm gonna guess at 60/75.. what are your thoughts?

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    Well I'm hoping that's the case! It's going to be a close run thing though!


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    (Original post by Protoxylic)
    I don't see where the difficulty lies. I have done all the past papers and I would say that it is of similar difficulty. A lot of the questions on this year's paper (without giving much away) were very accessible given the information you were given in the question. For example, the synthesis route this year was incredibly trivial compared to any other years'. The mathematics involved required nothing other than simple GCSE algebra, although disguised as a few symbols. RSc would do nothing of the sort, I do not believe they want to start Oympiad 'training', that is completely against what they want. The Olympiad is supposed to be something of a step up from A-Level, if it becomes so standardised in the sense that centres now offer specialised classes, then the Olympiad will lose it's prestige as an award for those candidates who want to take their knowledge further. What is the point in trying to learn the system if in the end you're regurgitating information, this is exactly the problem with A-Levels now.
    We will see what the grade boundaries say I guess.

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    Well I'm hoping that's the case! It's going to be a close run thing though!


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    Yeah, thought it was a pretty reasonable paper so the 80%ish round two mark will probably still hold. *touchwood*

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    my new chemistry teacher ****ed me over for this chemistry olympiad. We had done no past questions and were told we were going to sit the real paper the day before
 
 
 
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