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    Every year since I can remember newspapers, news shows and other media representatives have left a terrible stigma with the release of A-level results. Their claim is that A-levels are getting easier and this is the main reason for increasing pass marks, especially in the higher grades. This contention is beginning to really piss me off, especially as after 2 years of slogging my *******s off for the A grades that I deserve I was told by a former A-level student “Well, they are getting easier anyway”.

    I would like to put forward my impression of the A-level results and would also like to hear the view of other students and critics on this matter.

    To start, I will attack the false vision that “A-levels are getting easier” just because pass marks are increasing. This statement just isn’t true, and even if it was it would be impossible to make this claim based on the results themselves. Other factors have to be taken into consideration, such as improving teaching standards or the support structure that now surrounds any student. After talking to my parents and other former students who took their A-levels 25 years or more ago I came to the conclusion that the opportunities I have had in my studies, and the support that I have received from my school and community organisations is far superior than anything they received. This suggests that young adults nowadays aren’t taking easier exams; they just have a better ability to pass the exams that are set, not because of a physical increase in intelligence, but because of an increase in their ability to make the best use of their personal qualities.

    However, I do agree with the critics in some respect. If a higher percentage of students are passing with the top grades, then it makes it hard for universities and employers to select the exceptional students. This problem results from an out of date examining policy, not easier exams. Teaching standards have increased at a faster rate than the adaptation of the examining process.

    Sorry if I seem to have ranted on a bit here, but I just needed to make my point clear, as the same people that shout about higher pass marks are the same critics that would blow their tops if teaching standards slipped and pass marks slumped.
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    Sorry, but some exams IMO are getting easier! Maths being a prime example, evidence being those that got A grades this year, yet failed the exam from ten years ago. They actually have taken out difficult parts of the syllabus! Chemistry- in my syllabus- they've taken out hard bits and spread out other hard bits into the A2 year-not added anything!

    My subjects are from the whole range of supposed difficulties in people's assumptions. I take biology, chemistry, german and psychology. I agree with the media that psychology is easier and german is a lot harder, biology is pretty straight-forward and salters chemistry is badly laid out- but not too difficult therefore to get an A in. I got 298/300 in AS psychology- have I yet earnt the right to say it's pretty damn easy? I hope so! :p:
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    According to my physics teacher, it is possible for someone who has an A* in GCSE to pass AS level Physics, and this was backed up by the chief examiner.
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    the thing that nobody notices in the media is that ok exams are getting easier.. but not for the people who are taking them. had today's students been taught the gcse course from years ago and then gone on to today's a levels then of course they would find it easy.. but the exam boards or whoever have been taking things off one course and putting them on the next one up.. if you catch my not-very-clear drift..
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    (Original post by Abstruse)
    the thing that nobody notices in the media is that ok exams are getting easier.. but not for the people who are taking them. had today's students been taught the gcse course from years ago and then gone on to today's a levels then of course they would find it easy.. but the exam boards or whoever have been taking things off one course and putting them on the next one up.. if you catch my not-very-clear drift..
    I concur!
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    (Original post by darkenergy)
    According to my physics teacher, it is possible for someone who has an A* in GCSE to pass AS level Physics, and this was backed up by the chief examiner.
    Possible - maybe, but certainly not probable.
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    whether they are getting easier or not depends on the person.. if they put alot of effort into there studies then the exams will be easier but if you dont do anything till the last couple weeks before the exam then you will find it hard and you will perform badly unless you are lucky.

    maybe were all just putting alot more effort it
 
 
 

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