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    Hey, i'm new here but i was just wondering how other people found the AQA AS Computing exam?
    I, and other people from my school found it incredibly difficult. There were loads of questions in a style i had never seen before and it seemed more based on thinking than actual revision. Did anyone else find it difficult?
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    (Original post by DrummerArun)
    Hey, i'm new here but i was just wondering how other people found the AQA AS Computing exam?
    I, and other people from my school found it incredibly difficult. There were loads of questions in a style i had never seen before and it seemed more based on thinking than actual revision. Did anyone else find it difficult?
    I thought it went quite well to be honest. On the other hand, because I'm teaching myself I haven't actually seen a mark scheme or a past paper before, so I have no idea what sort of difficulty that is, but definitely easy in my opinion.

    It'll make up for the fact that my coursework sucked.
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    Hmmm well thats good then! Maybe we were taught badly.
    It was just the style of questions in unit 2 that threw me, they didn't seem very computer related.
    What did you get for the final trace table/Algorithm in unit 1?
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    Would I be right that the highest possible number that can be held in a 16-bit Binary Coded Decimal is 99? I'm not really good with all these 0's and 1's!
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    i thought it would be 9999, but i don't understand binary cos
    1) i didn't revise it and
    2)I'm human and don't need to understand it
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    sorry to but in but is the computing course good and is it beeter than AS ICT???
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    (Original post by Brown Eyed Girl)
    sorry to but in but is the computing course good and is it beeter than AS ICT???
    I might as well butt-in and answer your question. Yes. They are very similar in ways, but then drift apart - I could tell you how, but I can't think of anything (my exams just finished, you understand)

    Then again... not a lot of girls tend to take computing. Not sure why though.
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    This dude finished CTP2 in 30mins.

    Unit 1 was okay, I did only 2 past papers for Unit 1 revision, and exactly qs came up.

    Unit 2 was well hard, most of my answers were all guess work. Unless it is something I done in GCSE ITC.
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    (Original post by Tindo)
    This dude finished CTP2 in 30mins.
    30 minutes - does that imply a cockup or a smash?
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    (Original post by DrummerArun)
    Hey, i'm new here but i was just wondering how other people found the AQA AS Computing exam?
    I, and other people from my school found it incredibly difficult. There were loads of questions in a style i had never seen before and it seemed more based on thinking than actual revision. Did anyone else find it difficult?
    A lot of people, majority infact, said that they found CPT1 difficult - as you mentioned, because of the change in the style of questions.

    See: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/t119524.html
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    change in style? (I did CPT1 and CPT2 last year)
    So has the specification changed at all?
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    i just done as ict... and im not doing a2 cause i slept the entire year lol
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    i thought the styles were consistent with previous years.
    cpt2 has always been guesswork.

    Would I be right that the highest possible number that can be held in a 16-bit Binary Coded Decimal is 99? I'm not really good with all these 0's and 1's!
    i put 1001100110011001
    since 1001 is 9 in BCD.

    What did you get for the final trace table/Algorithm in unit 1?
    can't remember the values, but i put that it was an algorithm that inserted a new value into the list, and arranged them by ascending numberical order.

    anyone care to agree/disagree?
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    i got them in numerical order, but no-one else in my class did so i was worried.
    I think the time you finish the exam in is irrelevant seeing how all the computing exams are over-timed. Its such a pain sitting there for half an hour, although we were allowed out early at the end of CPT2 which was a relief.

    Also, i think computing differs from ICT in that ther is more programming. but i don't know if thats right cos i'm just guessing at what ict is.
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    i also think ict is more based on the social and economical side of computers.
    while computing is more technical
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    ICT is Information And Communication Technology; it's more the use of computers such as word processing, databases etc, rather than Computing (old name Computer Science) which is more the design of computers etc.

    CPT1 I finished in about 20 minutes; BCD number was 1001100110011001 which is 9999 (BCD is in 4-bit blocks; 1001 is 9 in BCD). The trace table was easy; it was just an algorithm to insert a new value (variable New) into the array in numerical order. The 6-mark "label the components" question was terrific; 6 easy marks.

    CPT2 was a tad harder; took me about 30-40 minutes, but that's probably because I was going quite slowly. The questions were all pretty easy; just required a bit of lateral thinking to be honest.
 
 
 
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