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    AQA especially with there markschemes. For example in the As sciences, how many makrs do people miss out on, just because they didn't write the answer in a specific way. I mean there some almost indentical questions on different papers, which have differences in the mark scheme answer. Surely it's to a point where they're robbing the student of marks.
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    AQA is definitely obscure, I'm unhappy to say that the grade you may get can be down to the examiner's mood which really irritates me. Not saying it is in all cases, but it is the case at other times. Remarks are really the only thing you can do unless you know you messed up
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    (Original post by LifeIsGood)
    AQA is definitely obscure, I'm unhappy to say that the grade you may get can be down to the examiner's mood which really irritates me. Not saying it is in all cases, but it is the case at other times. Remarks are really the only thing you can do unless you know you messed up
    Yeah with such an advanced education system, you'd expect people's potential futures, aren't dependant on a examiners emotional state of mind.
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    give an example, the mark schemes aren't going to list every possible way of writing the answer. if it's correct you'll still get the marks
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    Well, the IB papers are like that too.

    One year, the answer for 'define linear momentum' was ' the product of the mass and velocity of a body'. A different year it was 'The quantity of motion of a body. (Do not accept the product of mass and velocity)

    What the ****, education.

    _Kar.
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    (Original post by canthardlywait)
    Yeah with such an advanced education system, you'd expect people's potential futures, aren't dependant on a examiners emotional state of mind.
    Definitely a nightmare, hope I get good examiners for my May exams
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    Is OCR 21st Century good?
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    (Original post by Josh_Dey)
    Is OCR 21st Century good?
    I think OCR are quite good
    Never had problems with them but I've heard bad stuff about their Biology exams
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    (Original post by LifeIsGood)
    I think OCR are quite good
    Never had problems with them but I've heard bad stuff about their Biology exams
    Ah, that's fine then

    What have you heard about the Biology exams though?
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    I will say this only once - Shrew paper.

    Nuff said .
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    (Original post by Josh_Dey)
    Ah, that's fine then

    What have you heard about the Biology exams though?
    I do OCR Biology, the papers are mean, but they are no where near as bad as the AQA ones that people have been in uproar about. I'm doing A2 Level at the moment and I'm on track for an A* so it can't be that bad
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    (Original post by Yellowmonkeyman)
    I will say this only once - Shrew paper.

    Nuff said .
    Just wanted to say, the Hogwarts thing is :cool:, but D101 is a Vet Science course
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    Not as bad as Edexcel CiDA markscheme, where I was give an A for A* work just ecause they are so picky. Grrrr. I lost marks for not planning for snow days!!! 4 marks for not aknowledging that it might snow. AND I HAD CONTINGENCY TIME OF 3 WEEKS BEFORE THE FINAL DEADLINE ANYWAY!!!!! I have been robbed of my very first A* :'(
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    (Original post by MissMaree)
    Just wanted to say, the Hogwarts thing is :cool:, but D101 is a Vet Science course
    Serious? :O I just made that up.. perhaps I should change it to D007 or something .

    EDIT: Or even better.. keep the course code and change the course to Care of Magical Creatures .
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    (Original post by Yellowmonkeyman)
    I will say this only once - Shrew paper.

    Nuff said .
    OKay, please don't take this the wrong way, but I don't understand why all the hate for that paper? I did it as a mock just before xmas, I hadn't revised so knew quite a bare minimum tbh. I got 63% or something (can't remember) and after all the ums stuff and grade boundaries, it was 90%, and an A* grade...
    So obviously the grade boundaries were low, but it was like the best paper? Maybe that's just me though..

    But AQA is known for being so particular with mark schemes :/
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    (Original post by supernova92)
    OKay, please don't take this the wrong way, but I don't understand why all the hate for that paper? I did it as a mock just before xmas, I hadn't revised so knew quite a bare minimum tbh. I got 63% or something (can't remember) and after all the ums stuff and grade boundaries, it was 90%, and an A* grade...
    So obviously the grade boundaries were low, but it was like the best paper? Maybe that's just me though..

    But AQA is known for being so particular with mark schemes :/
    I just didn't like the complete non focus on topics we had learnt and the focus on how science works.

    I came out with 98% though so I musn't have done badly .
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    (Original post by supernova92)
    OKay, please don't take this the wrong way, but I don't understand why all the hate for that paper? I did it as a mock just before xmas, I hadn't revised so knew quite a bare minimum tbh. I got 63% or something (can't remember) and after all the ums stuff and grade boundaries, it was 90%, and an A* grade...
    So obviously the grade boundaries were low, but it was like the best paper? Maybe that's just me though..

    But AQA is known for being so particular with mark schemes :/
    The grade boundaries ended up low enough that I got 100% ums without answering some questions. That is the sign of a poor, poor paper.
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    (Original post by Yellowmonkeyman)
    I just didn't like the complete non focus on topics we had learnt and the focus on how science works.

    I came out with 98% though so I musn't have done badly .
    Yeah I can see the issue with that, bit annoying learning lots of content, without actually being able to show what you have learnt..
    Ooh very nice
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    At least AQA have the decency to put their past papers on the internet. Half our teachers jobs come exam times was to smuggle papers away to photo-copy them.

    It resulted in us working from copies of copies of copies with tea-stains and missing pages. AQA just had them all on the internet.

    OCR biology was terrible. It almost forced you to just "list" key points (sometimes it was stupid what those points were). I remember in my exam I was running out of time so I just did everything in bullet points. There was also nothing to do with understanding - If you could regurgitate information you could get 100%. If you ever tried to show understanding of the processes - you would be wasting your time (and thus loosing out on marks).

    Also, OCR politics was terrible. My gf sweated blood over an essay, went in with a predicted A (from teacher) came back a U. No reason, just U. After three re-marks it got bumped up a few marks (not sure whether it got into E or not).

    She then did politics at Uni, happened to get the exact same question (wording almost identical) and handed it in. It got a 2:1. WTF?
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    (Original post by Ramses II)
    The grade boundaries ended up low enough that I got 100% ums without answering some questions. That is the sign of a poor, poor paper.
    Yeah I can understand that, but with the OP, they were talking about how they don't get enough marks because of answering in slightly different ways, and with this paper, I felt like because of the grade boundaries it was a "great" paper, in the sense that, I/you/others got "great" marks however unfairly that may have been! But clearly, with regards to teaming it up with the specification that had been provided it wasn't "great"
 
 
 

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