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Edexcel French Orals- they ****** us over watch

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    Hi, for the French As level oral exam, my entire class got very poor results in comparison to their GCSEs/ other exams/ and most importantly their written exam.

    One example is a student who aced 100% in his GCSE oral, an A in the written part, but a U in the oral exam. Another one recieved an A-D combo, another a B-E combo.

    There was obviously something wrong with the oral. However, the exam board refused to accept any form of responsibility and declined a class remark.

    So.... individual remarks have been sent in with the first one in summer going from a U to a C. However, it seems as if Edexcel are trying to make things look less suspicious and attempting to avoid any blame by keeping some grades the same and increasing others by 1 grade maximum now.

    I know it probably seems to you as if we all just failed, but one student who is semi-fluent got a D, despite 100% in his gcse, and we had the same teacher who got As and Bs the previous year.


    We think Edexcel are screwing us over to avoid taking responsibility for p***-poor rogue marking, yet this is a difficult scenario to get concrete evidence. What is the best course of action to take?

    This happens with every exam board quite randomly and to be honest there isn't much you can do. One year, 98% of those taking Sociology AS at my college (and I think it was others too) got Us. It was clear that it was a fault of the exam board and not just the students doing pooly, but it turned out in the end all the year just had to do retakes. I might also mention, in languages it's quite well known that just because a student gets extremely good GCSE results in that language, doesn't mean they will suceed as well in A Level (its a tough transition). Tonnes of people who I did A Level Spanish with got A*s at GCSE but ended up with Cs and Ds at AS.

    My general answer would be to suck it up and retake.
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