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how do teachers decide on the questions to put in prelims and where do they get the questions from?

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I'm pretty that most prelims are probably past paper questions or questions that are similar to previous exam but a particular part has been changed.
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Original post by ashleymacleod
I'm pretty that most prelims are probably past paper questions or questions that are similar to previous exam but a particular part has been changed.


yeah I've seen that before,, sometimes theyre just random though maybe from really dated past papers
Original post by ah4p
yeah I've seen that before,, sometimes theyre just random though maybe from really dated past papers


I think some schools also buy prelim papers from companies which make them because I've seen logos on papers before.
In my school it changes from subject to subject. In English and Modern Languages they buy them from P&N, Maths has three different ones and rotates them from year to year, sciences just tend to have one they repeat and social subjects make them up using examples from past papers and model papers because they mostly do a couple of 5 to 6 markers or whatever. Admin and It and PE tend not to do prelims at al for some strange reason. Technology is basically whatever the teacher feels like. Last year I felt as if my teacher couldn't be bothered to come up with anything good so he just made up some questions off the top of his head. So tbh i think it depends on what subject it is because they are al different and require different approaches. :wink: have you done yours btw?
This year, my English one has been made by the teachers, Maths has been bought from a company (Pegasus I believe), Chemistry is one of four that rotate each year, Physics is made of past paper questions and I have no idea what they have done for my Human Biology prelim so, as you can see, it changes between departments and schools.

Good luck with your prelims when they come or if you have already sat them then I hope you achieve what you wanted to! My first prelim is Higher Maths which is tomorrow and I'm freaking out a little :frown:


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Original post by tinababy
In my school it changes from subject to subject. In English and Modern Languages they buy them from P&N, Maths has three different ones and rotates them from year to year, sciences just tend to have one they repeat and social subjects make them up using examples from past papers and model papers because they mostly do a couple of 5 to 6 markers or whatever. Admin and It and PE tend not to do prelims at al for some strange reason. Technology is basically whatever the teacher feels like. Last year I felt as if my teacher couldn't be bothered to come up with anything good so he just made up some questions off the top of his head. So tbh i think it depends on what subject it is because they are al different and require different approaches. :wink: have you done yours btw?


Not yet first one is next Fri though and I'm worried :frown:
That sounds awful I hate lazy teachers especially when you want to do well. As much as I don't enjoy the prelims I'm grateful fr them as I think they're the best prep fr exams, are you doing nationals, highers or advanced highers?


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Original post by superfinfin
This year, my English one has been made by the teachers, Maths has been bought from a company (Pegasus I believe), Chemistry is one of four that rotate each year, Physics is made of past paper questions and I have no idea what they have done for my Human Biology prelim so, as you can see, it changes between departments and schools.

Good luck with your prelims when they come or if you have already sat them then I hope you achieve what you wanted to! My first prelim is Higher Maths which is tomorrow and I'm freaking out a little :frown:


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Yeah we've had Pegasus before too
How did your maths prelim go? You tend to imagine them to be worse than they actually are so I'm sure you've done well
Are all of your prelims highers? Thanks mine haven't started yet so good luck with the rest of yours too


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Original post by ah4p
Not yet first one is next Fri though and I'm worried :frown:
That sounds awful I hate lazy teachers especially when you want to do well. As much as I don't enjoy the prelims I'm grateful fr them as I think they're the best prep fr exams, are you doing nationals, highers or advanced highers?


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I finished mine last Thursday...biology. Getting results now so I'm a bit nervous but I know its gonna be alright. I'm doing highers the now- maths English French Chen bio :smile:...but the new cfe ones :/ yeah same I hate them so much because I always think they are so much harder than the actual exams! Although they are brilliant for giving people a kick up the backside :tongue: wbu r u nationals, highers of AHs?? :smile:
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Lucky you at least they're over :smile:
The only one I've done is physics, for seem reason we did that before Xmas hols
Thats def true it scares you into studying :P


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Original post by tinababy
I finished mine last Thursday...biology. Getting results now so I'm a bit nervous but I know its gonna be alright. I'm doing highers the now- maths English French Chen bio :smile:...but the new cfe ones :/ yeah same I hate them so much because I always think they are so much harder than the actual exams! Although they are brilliant for giving people a kick up the backside :tongue: wbu r u nationals, highers of AHs?? :smile:


Lucky you at least they're over :smile:

The only one I've done is physics, for seem reason we did that before Xmas hols

Thats def true it scares you into studying :P
Mine are AHs which is very scary I'll admit :P


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Original post by ah4p
Lucky you at least they're over :smile:

The only one I've done is physics, for seem reason we did that before Xmas hols

Thats def true it scares you into studying :P
Mine are AHs which is very scary I'll admit :P


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Yip :biggrin: I hate prelims so much though! They are just bleugh! Everybody gets so competitive for no reason and its annoying cos everyone keeps comparing themselves so intensely. U kno who's top dog who's second who lost their game. Aargh!

Ahh what AHs r u doing? Good luck btw that's some hard core **** from what I've heard :tongue: thinking of crashing higher physics next year tho cos our school doesn't offer triple science but might be useful at uni. Is it hard to crash physics wld u say?
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Urgh I know I hate that
Probably would be hard yeah but ppl do it evry year so no reason why you can't :smile:
I'm doing AH math, ah chemistry, ah physics, ah geography and higher biology :/


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Original post by tinababy
Yip :biggrin: I hate prelims so much though! They are just bleugh! Everybody gets so competitive for no reason and its annoying cos everyone keeps comparing themselves so intensely. U kno who's top dog who's second who lost their game. Aargh!

Ahh what AHs r u doing? Good luck btw that's some hard core **** from what I've heard :tongue: thinking of crashing higher physics next year tho cos our school doesn't offer triple science but might be useful at uni. Is it hard to crash physics wld u say?


Urgh I know I hate that

Probably would be hard yeah but ppl do it evry year so no reason why you can't :smile:

I'm doing AH math, ah chemistry, ah physics, ah geography and higher biology :/





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Original post by ah4p
Urgh I know I hate that

Probably would be hard yeah but ppl do it evry year so no reason why you can't :smile:

I'm doing AH math, ah chemistry, ah physics, ah geography and higher biology :/





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Yeah might be worth the struggle. Also gonna do Ah Chen and bio then maybe French as well but dunno. R u cfe or old curriculum?
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Original post by tinababy
Yeah might be worth the struggle. Also gonna do Ah Chen and bio then maybe French as well but dunno. R u cfe or old curriculum?


hope so
old curriculum wbu?
Original post by ah4p
hope so
old curriculum wbu?


New cfe stuff and its not as bad as everyone makes it out to seem. I quite like it :smile: they've made it so there is less of a jump which I suppose its good. But the assignments are a bit of work. :\
I'm the first year to do it all as well so I think the sqa are quite 'understanding' when it comes to exams and stuff which is nice :tongue:
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Original post by tinababy
New cfe stuff and its not as bad as everyone makes it out to seem. I quite like it :smile: they've made it so there is less of a jump which I suppose its good. But the assignments are a bit of work. :\
I'm the first year to do it all as well so I think the sqa are quite 'understanding' when it comes to exams and stuff which is nice :tongue:


Haha that does sound nice :smile:
At ah level they seem to be so fussy about everything it's very annoying :P


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Original post by ah4p
Yeah we've had Pegasus before too
How did your maths prelim go? You tend to imagine them to be worse than they actually are so I'm sure you've done well
Are all of your prelims highers? Thanks mine haven't started yet so good luck with the rest of yours too


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It wasn't great to be honest, the first paper was reasonable but the second paper was abysmal! Not gonna lie, I'm really disappointed considering how much I studied for it but I'll just need to up my game for the final exam!

Yeah, I'm in fifth year, I'm doing CFE higher English and maths and old higher human biology, chemistry and physics. The science department in my school was pretty much the only one to stick with old higher for another year which I'm grateful for; no added value units!

Thanks! Here's hoping they are better than the maths prelim :smile:


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