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a-level grades: 'E' in 88 = 'B' in 05 watch

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    ok, even i can't deny that more A grade a-levels are awarded nowadays than in the past; but i was livid when i read today's paper which claimed that "an 'E' grade in 1988 would be a 'B' grade today."

    what a load of complete and utter *******s!

    i look forward to the day that some tv channel roots out a few people who got 'E's in their a-levels 15 years ago and makes them sit current a-level exams. whereupon i shall sit back and laugh maliciously at the smug *******s.

    'B' grade, my arse.

    oooh i'm annoyed.
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    i dont get it?
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    LMFAO

    I did old a level papers in preparation for my a levels. I got about 6% more on the new papers, hardly E=>B issit.

    Stupid papers...i don't bother reading them because of ********.
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    Yeah its a load of crap. Old people just can't take that we're better looking, fitter and more clever than them.
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    I know, it's so ignorant of them. They fail to acknowledge that there are other reasons than, "the exams are getting easier" why students are achieving more these days. The main reason has got to be that with so many more jobs (than ever) requiring specialist degrees, students are striving (i.e. working HARDER) to ensure they go off to uni. It's totally oblivious and not to mention, totally flawed how they base their assumptions on the number of passes. We, after all, are future employees; shouldn't they be congratulating us instead of demeaning our achievements?
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    My dad got the equivilent to an A in economics a looong time ago (hes 63) and he said my papers look a lot harder.. hmm

    Maybe its because in 1988 you didnt have general studies, media studies, film studies ect..
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    (Original post by trigger)
    i dont get it?
    it is claimed that the modern day B grade is the equivalent of an E grade 15 years ago - i.e. a candidate who had got an E in 1988 would have got a B in today's exams.
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    but exams today are comletely different! its hardly a fair comparrison!
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    and more people take the exams today than all those years ago.
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    (Original post by buttons7)
    ok, even i can't deny that more A grade a-levels are awarded nowadays than in the past; but i was livid when i read today's paper which claimed that "an 'E' grade in 1988 would be a 'B' grade today."

    what a load of complete and utter *******s!

    i look forward to the day that some tv channel roots out a few people who got 'E's in their a-levels 15 years ago and makes them sit current a-level exams. whereupon i shall sit back and laugh maliciously at the smug *******s.

    'B' grade, my arse.

    oooh i'm annoyed.
    That came from The Sun.......it says it all
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    (Original post by !Laxy!)
    That came from The Sun.......it says it all
    Oh, well that explains it! Still, the whole "pass rates are up therefore exams are getting easier" yearly nonsense is in just as many broadsheets as tabloids, albeit less discreetly.
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    (Original post by !Laxy!)
    That came from The Sun.......it says it all
    it was in the telegraph, around about the 5th page.
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    (Original post by trigger)
    but exams today are comletely different! its hardly a fair comparrison!
    exactly.
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    I think re-sits make a lot of people seem better than they are and so people lose confidence in the whole system. I'd much rather see a system where students could re-sit the worst module in a subject and can't do up to 3 re-sits in just one year.
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    I can't believe people are getting fussed over what the Torygraph and comic book newspapers are saying. They try to stir it up whenever there's a chance to.
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    When the media says that A levels are getting easier how do they know that us pupils arent getting cleverer?! Silly people! :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Kard)
    I can't believe people are getting fussed over what the Torygraph and comic book newspapers are saying. They try to stir it up whenever there's a chance to.
    Oi, the Torygraph is gospel!

    I have to agree with the general view. It's typical of older generations complaining about 'the kids of today'. When we're older we'll probably be doing the same.
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    This morinng BBC News said that there was a 97% past rate for A levels this year
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    The exams aren't any easier or any harder than old exams. The exams were entirely different. My chemistry teacher was on about this not long ago and he said that when he did A-levels in things like Chemistry you chose 1 or 2 questions and the whole exam was those 2 questions that you chose to do. Now there's no choice in the questions and we're expected to answer all of them...you just had to know one or two topics in detail previousy whereas now you need to have a good knowledge of all the topics, though maybe in slightly less detaiil than if the whole final exam was just on one or two topics that you chose from a list of about 5 or 6. So the exams aren't any easier or harder, they just tested students differently.
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    I think A-Levels are easy - especially the sciences. Stuff we had to cover, isn't taught until university now.

    Also, one little thing makes studying infinitely easier...


    ...it's called the internet. Wasn't there when I did my A-Levels. you were stuck with whatever ***** text book your school subscribed to a little more.
 
 
 

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