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I'm a GCSE student halfway through my exams, and I'd heard that American exams are much easier than the exams we have over here. I mean, apparently, they have multiple choice questions while we have essays and other questions to complete within a time limit. For example, in the International Relations: Peace and War 1918-1928 Unit 1 GCSE paper I took around a week ago, we have to complete three 2 mark questions, three 6 mark questions, three 8 marks questions and three 12 mark essay questions within a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
I'm just curious to see if exams are more lenient for American students my age compared to what we have to go through. Does anybody know?
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I'm a GCSE student halfway through my exams, and I'd heard that American exams are much easier than the exams we have over here. I mean, apparently, they have multiple choice questions while we have essays and other questions to complete within a time limit. For example, in the International Relations: Peace and War 1918-1928 Unit 1 GCSE paper I took around a week ago, we have to complete three 2 mark questions, three 6 mark questions, three 8 marks questions and three 12 mark essay questions within a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes.
I'm just curious to see if exams are more lenient for American students my age compared to what we have to go through. Does anybody know?
I don't know whether or not american exams are easier, but don't assume an exam is easier just because it's multiple choice. I'll use the UKMT Maths Challenge as an example which uses a multiple choice format, yet it's vastly more difficult than most 'official' examinations at the same level because the questions are carefully chosen so that the choices are the results you'd get by doing the wrong thing, so ending up with one of their answers is no assurance that you've got the right answer (and vice versa).

Also bear in mind that comparing totally different education systems is not particularly sensible. I don't know much about the US system but I do know that most European education systems make pupils learn a much broader range of subjects to a much older age, so of course individual subjects are not going to be examined in as much depth. It's also important to note that the US does not have a GCSE equivalent. Pupils might have tests at that age, but not massive standardised tests across the entire country.
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