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    One resit - people just have those nightmare exams. Also no resits of coursework. AS levels shouldn't be 50% - why should something of less difficulty be worth just as much as something harder. I'd say 40% though.

    I've had to resit an English exam this year - I dropped from a predicted A to a D. No idea how - I thought the exam went reasonably.
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    (Original post by LLandersUK)
    come on its not that expensive, i payed for my resit with my wages.
    I'm sorry, did you say wages?

    So you had a job?

    So your ancedote is worthless?

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    (Original post by whisperings)
    Although on the other hand, I'm a studious and able student, yet didn't do as well at AS because I wasn't prepared for the jump after GCSE. AS exams just seem to serve solely as a kick up the backside.
    Shouldn't mocks do that job, though?


    I think there should be no resits. If someone is ill on the day they should not sit the exam in the first place, but provide a medical certificate to the school and sit the exam in the next session instead.
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    (Original post by llys)
    Shouldn't mocks do that job, though?


    I think there should be no resits. If someone is ill on the day they should not sit the exam in the first place, but provide a medical certificate to the school and sit the exam in the next session instead.
    and if you are ill in the exam?
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    (Original post by letsdothetimewarpagain)
    and if you are ill in the exam?
    Then you leave and go to the doctor* and provide the medical certificate afterwards. I don't see the problem?

    *Surely that's what you'd do anyway if you were sick?
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    (Original post by llys)
    Then you leave and go to the doctor and provide the medical certificate afterwards. I don't see the problem?
    They still mark the papers
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    (Original post by letsdothetimewarpagain)
    They still mark the papers
    Oh I see. Well then, you send your medical certificate to the exam board and tell them not to mark your papers since you were sick. The school can even send the medical certificate WITH the papers, since you are getting it on the day. (Or just not send the papers but only the certificate.)
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    I agree with no more than 1 resit.
    I consistently got As all year in the history essays we did in class and in mocks, then ****** up the exam and got a C :/
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    To be fair you don't get resits at uni (other than one more try with a ceiling on your mark) so unlimited resits are bad preparation. I've also noticed that people don't tend to improve, or at least much, with each resit, probably because there is still no huge motivator when you know you can resit again. So limiting the number of resits might not affect grades significantly negatively and might actually take stress away by stopping the sixth form being a 2 year-long exam season where each resit hurting your next exam season.

    However all exams at the end of 2 years is too much stress for an 18 year old.
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    My history resit really helped me out, I went from an averaging B to full marks. The first exam the questions had not at all suited what my teacher had taught us, yet the resit did. I think if resits were scrapped there would need to be an overhaul of the whole exam system to help standardise questions and information teachers are given so no-one is at a disadvantage.
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    i think they should start letting teachers be the judge whether a sudent is capable enough of sitting an exam, that way- no more resits for student incapable and much fairer to high achieveing students.
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    (Original post by innerhollow)
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    I totally disagree.

    I recently received my exam results and got C,C,E,E despite being predicted a B/A. I actually revised in the library everyday.

    What needs to be sorted out is the exam boards. To get just two papers remarked in costs over £100 on AQA. Most times exams do go up but why can't the examiers mark it properly in the first place. People's lives depend on results and here we have private exam boards making as make money out of students.

    The government needs one exam board and to own it. Resits are much much cheaper than remarks so i can't see how it "affects poor students". Thats what their EMA is for anyway.

    A 1 hour history exam to do 2 essays to me should not judge your life. All these "endorsed" books are never any help as well- again another example of exam boards taking our money.

    Also its not like universities don't know that you resit. Of course they look, so effectively people who resit are still disadvantaged anyway.

    I agree with the Conservatives as well. There should be exams only at A2 level.

    I will tell you exactly what needs to be taken away- special needs extra time. I call it laziness.
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    I see no reason to not permit resits.

    So long as the student's capable of getting a grade, how does that reflect upon their "competence" in any way? They'll be capable of the same things when they finish the course as anybody else with their cumulative grade- it should be down to Universities to run their own tests to filter out the chaff, if they're that fussed.
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    (Original post by AirRaven)
    I see no reason to not permit resits.

    So long as the student's capable of getting a grade, how does that reflect upon their "competence" in any way? They'll be capable of the same things when they finish the course as anybody else with their cumulative grade- it should be down to Universities to run their own tests to filter out the chaff, if they're that fussed.
    Perhaps we should just put the responsibility of writing the exams and maintaining standards back on the universities like it was in the 80s.

    Then there's no need for these additional tests, or at least less need.
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    (Original post by Mann18)
    I'm sorry, did you say wages?

    So you had a job?

    So your ancedote is worthless?

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    what, i was just saying if a 17 year old with a part time job can easily afford to pay for some resits, then i'm sure an entire family can manage to pay for them also.
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    (Original post by llys)
    Shouldn't mocks do that job, though?


    I think there should be no resits. If someone is ill on the day they should not sit the exam in the first place, but provide a medical certificate to the school and sit the exam in the next session instead.
    We had barely enough time to finish learning the course, let alone do mocks. Particularly for the first set of exams in January.
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    70 UMS after resit :lol: 1 UMS hardly a third.

    I am resitting again so hopefully will go up by a third.

    As long as you only have 2 years to take all the modules, then what's the problem? In fact if you revise the same module 3 times you will remember the content for a longer period of time in your life than if you just learn it once then forget all about it.

    Oh wait, exams are not about learning for skills or life, it's just learning for the exam.
 
 
 
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