Poll: IGCSE vs GCSE
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OK, so I'm doing edexcel IGCSE's cause I'm homeducated. My friend at school is doing GCSE's and she was at my house.

We were comparing exam papers and hers were easier but I think it's because she has to do practicals while I actually have to be able to describe experiments because I have no teacher.

Which exams are harder and why?
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undoubtedly IGCSE, they incorporate AS level topics into it, i did them
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IGCSE's are designed to be more challenging, so they're pretty much just quite a bit harder
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(Original post by Budgie99)
OK, so I'm doing edexcel IGCSE's cause I'm homeducated. My friend at school is doing GCSE's and she was at my house. She was looking through my past papers and she was saying that her exam past papers are never as hard as mine and she didn't know how I would do it.

We were comparing exam papers and hers were much easier but I think it's because she has to do practicals while I actually have to be able to describe experiments because I have no teacher.

Which exams are harder and why? Also, is this why school kids have 10 exams all at the same time and still manage to get high grades?

(I started at 13 and spread mine out between every six months)

No exam board is "easier" than the other as they are practically the same.
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(Original post by Budgie99)
OK, so I'm doing edexcel IGCSE's cause I'm homeducated. My friend at school is doing GCSE's and she was at my house. She was looking through my past papers and she was saying that her exam past papers are never as hard as mine and she didn't know how I would do it.

We were comparing exam papers and hers were much easier but I think it's because she has to do practicals while I actually have to be able to describe experiments because I have no teacher.

Which exams are harder and why? Also, is this why school kids have 10 exams all at the same time and still manage to get high grades?

(I started at 13 and spread mine out between every six months)
I'm homeschooled as well *high five* I'm doing igcses this month and I think they are much harder because there's no coursework element, it's all exam based
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No exam board is "easier" than the other as they are practically the same.
you taking the mick? it is soo much harder
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I'm homeschooled as well *high five* I'm doing igcses this month and I think they are much harder because there's no coursework element, it's all exam based
Finally!!!!!!!!
a fellow homeschooler!
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Lol I know right! What igcses will you be doing?
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IGCSE is a harder exam board throughout most subjects. Thank god I only have to do ICT with their exam board


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At my school we do a mixture or IGCSE/GCSE and when I did mine last summer I did 8 IGCSE (3scienes,maths eng lang/lit, german, ict) and 3 GCSE (geog, japanese, italian)

Although I didn't find the IGCSES "difficult" they're definitely harder than normal gcse papers. The languages in particular have a MUCH easier layout and they were pretty much a walk in the park. What makes the IGCSE harder (especially with sciences) is the fact that everything is linear and exam based (ie. you take the exams at the end of two years rather than separate modules). I didn't find them that difficult though, and in fact, did worse in my geography gcse split into 2 modules across 2 years (A) than I did in all my IGCSEs!!!
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Lol I know right! What igcses will you be doing?

English-done jan 2013

Arabic-done-june 2013
religious studies-done june 2013

Biology-done jan 2014

Human Biology-this june
Global citizenship-this june

Maths-june 2015
Chemistry-june 2015

Plus I'm doing Arabic A-level this June but I don't think I'm gonna get very good marks

I'mstarting college september 2015-i'll be 16 by then




What about you?
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(Original post by Budgie99)
OK, so I'm doing edexcel IGCSE's cause I'm homeducated. My friend at school is doing GCSE's and she was at my house. She was looking through my past papers and she was saying that her exam past papers are never as hard as mine and she didn't know how I would do it.

We were comparing exam papers and hers were much easier but I think it's because she has to do practicals while I actually have to be able to describe experiments because I have no teacher.

Which exams are harder and why? Also, is this why school kids have 10 exams all at the same time and still manage to get high grades?

(I started at 13 and spread mine out between every six months)
Some IGCSEs might be marginally more difficult than their GCSE equivalents, but it's totally irrelevant since Universities look at them in exactly the same way. 10 GCSE A*s look just as good as 10 IGCSE A*s - don't kid yourself into thinking that you've got an advantage by taking IGCSEs. I do get the impression that there's a certain degree of arrogance by people taking IGCSEs and IB because they're allegedly more rigorous, but this arrogance is completely unfounded since in the eyes of Universities - which is what these qualifications are made for - they are all completely equal.
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Some IGCSEs might be marginally more difficult than their GCSE equivalents, but it's totally irrelevant since Universities look at them in exactly the same way. 10 GCSE A*s look just as good as 10 IGCSE A*s - don't kid yourself into thinking that you've got an advantage by taking IGCSEs.


Thanks for the advice!

(I'm taking igcse's because I'm homeschooled, not for an advantage or anything)
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(Original post by Budgie99)
Thanks for the advice!

(I'm taking igcse's because I'm homeschooled, not for an advantage or anything)
That's fine, I wasn't pointing a finger at you. I was alluding to certain individuals on TSR...
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Lol I know right! What igcses will you be doing?
I'm home ed too! Its tough not knowing what to expect and being so reliant on correspondence course. Did human biology today and feel the course I studied didn't seem to have all the relevant details needed for exam!! The questions were a bit peculiar and the diagrams?? Maybe I'm paranoid! or maybe I've seriously messed up!
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(Original post by Budgie99)
OK, so I'm doing edexcel IGCSE's cause I'm homeducated. My friend at school is doing GCSE's and she was at my house. She was looking through my past papers and she was saying that her exam past papers are never as hard as mine and she didn't know how I would do it.

We were comparing exam papers and hers were much easier but I think it's because she has to do practicals while I actually have to be able to describe experiments because I have no teacher.

Which exams are harder and why? Also, is this why school kids have 10 exams all at the same time and still manage to get high grades?

(I started at 13 and spread mine out between every six months)



Hey people, just added a poll!!!!
Hello. The difficulty of the exam papers depend on the exam board and whether if it is IGCSE or GCSE. Some exam boards will be harder for you, and some easier. IGCSEs are harder because it is the same as GCSEs, but you have to learn a bit more. Overall, it is more respected though.
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I'm taking igcses and yes they are hard. I am cramming for 5 subjects in a week! First exam is chemistry may 13 hehe


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Hello. The difficulty of the exam papers depend on the exam board and whether if it is IGCSE or GCSE. Some exam boards will be harder for you, and some easier. IGCSEs are harder because it is the same as GCSEs, but you have to learn a bit more. Overall, it is more respected though.
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I'd say IGCSE is harder in maths, but not in the sciences. IGCSE science papers are incredibly easy compared to the other papers.

Idk, maybe its just me and i'm naturally good at science (much doubt)

IGCSE is more respected though x
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By who?
By 14 year olds perhaps? :mmm:

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