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    Didn't anyone else do this option?

    General consensus of opinion at my school was that the exam sucked pretty badly.
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    I'm sorry no it didn't suck. That paper can't be classed as an A-level OCR Growth, Development and Reproduction.

    I challenge the examiners to tell me where in the specification was there a point - or anywhere in the damn OCR book itself - that we had to know about stem cells. Not to mention the billions of graph questions. Aside from being harder than the synoptic paper by far (I'd honestly give it a 9/10) there was no way in hell anyone could adequately complete that in the time.

    Can't wait for the examiner's report (i already know I failed that paper) on it.
    "Students failed to answer.........we suspect it's because IT WASNT IN THE DAMN BOOK OR SYLLABUS"

    I think you can deduce what I thought of that paper. And yes everyone in my school agreed that was ridiculously hard. What's worse is this is my most important subject so now I am well and truly f****d
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    that test was rediculous - its like there trying to put u down grades at the end of your course just for the fun of it - jst curious thou, do biology mark schemes get scaled like maths ones do. becuase then i mite sneak a D - otherwise im guna be enqurin at tescos cos i wont be gettin the B overall i need 4 uni......
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    i think everyone came out and said stem cells...........WTF!
    ah well i was preparing myself to have to come back and resit in jan
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    stem cells were in the revision guide.....but all that stuff about the placenta n the pirtuitry gland (neurones etc) just werent. how are you supposed 2 know things they havent told u 2.....it was almost synoptic. busy b**tards.
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    (Original post by armatillian)
    stem cells were in the revision guide.....but all that stuff about the placenta n the pirtuitry gland (neurones etc) just werent. how are you supposed 2 know things they havent told u 2.....it was almost synoptic. busy b**tards.
    revision guide? What revision guide?

    The only thing on stem cells was "these are unspecialised cells."
    Wow. How am I supposed to answer a 9 mark question with that abundance of information? Not to mention how to test for stem cells.
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    That was such a random exam - and you know the first question? well it was obviously meant to be 6cm long but in actual fact was 5.9, I dont know whether to put what was right or what they wanted you to ge(I put the first)! Surely when all the marks are bad they'll lower the grade boundaries?! aaaaahhh exams all over now! :rolleyes:
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    Hey I got 5.9cm as well for the first question.

    And yes... I knew nothing about stem cells, the stupid seed placenta thing or the structure of the hypothalamus either.

    ******s.

    Oh well. If everyone did bad, surely they'll lower the grade boundary.
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    terrible

    but majority of ppl feel same n so grade boundaries r likely 2 *** down
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    (Original post by cipapfatso)
    revision guide? What revision guide?

    The only thing on stem cells was "these are unspecialised cells."
    Wow. How am I supposed to answer a 9 mark question with that abundance of information? Not to mention how to test for stem cells.
    by reading round the subject matter on the syllabus??? I did the pre 2000 old style A-Levels, where the curriculum was designed to give you the information required to get a B grade at best. To get an A you had to read around the subject, find stuff out for yourself. For example, our big WTF question for biol was re: restriction enzymes. If wasn't even listed in the curriculum, but if you had read around the gene cloning topic, you would have come across them.



    If this has changed, no wonder there are more people scoring higher grades with the modular systems....
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    (Original post by jag_jatt)
    terrible

    but majority of ppl feel same n so grade boundaries r likely 2 *** down
    good point!

    remember, if ain't over til the fat lady sings guys...
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    OK I just looked up the grade boundary for GD&R January '04 and that was 64/90 for an A which is about 70%.

    I need an A but I'm thinking there's no chance I got 70% on that.

    If anyone did January '04, (or has the past paper, cause I don't) how hard was compared it compared to the ******* one we just sat?
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    jst a quick qus

    what to do if you think some1 cheated? this is regarding the ocr central concepts paper being leaked in harrow

    bt the person/ppl were u friends
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    An OCR paper was leaked? I didn't know, I thought it was just Edexcel bio papers.
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    yeh in harrow was in times as well
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    *loses all faith in humanity*

    Well if the GD&R paper was leaked they'll be able to catch the culprets easily because they'll be the only ones who actually knew how to answer the questions.
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    (Original post by allodoxa)
    *loses all faith in humanity*

    Well if the GD&R paper was leaked they'll be able to catch the culprets easily because they'll be the only ones who actually knew how to answer the questions.
    hopefully same wid CC
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    that exam was far too random...some synoptic **** goin on...i think boundaries will be lowered...they bes be or im screwed
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    (Original post by allodoxa)
    OK I just looked up the grade boundary for GD&R January '04 and that was 64/90 for an A which is about 70%.

    I need an A but I'm thinking there's no chance I got 70% on that.

    If anyone did January '04, (or has the past paper, cause I don't) how hard was compared it compared to the ******* one we just sat?
    Jan 2004 paper was in my opinion the easiest paper set. Nothing hard at all, most of it wasn't even applying just pure parrot fashion learning and spewing it out into the exam. Normal Questions like what is the acrosome reaction? what is the amnion? Outline oxytocin/prolactin roles. Micropropagation, how does it yield clones? What disadvantage etc etc etc
    Nothing which was out of the syllabus. I mean I can understand one killer Question to separate theAs from the Bs but ffs that was more synoptic than the synoptic paper!
 
 
 
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