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    Hi, I do all 3 sciences on the new OCR specifications. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how similar the exams will be to the old spec exams? Do you think it will be much harder, easier or about the same?

    I've been practicing using the past papers from that spec, but I'm worried it won't be enough! Anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare?

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    (Original post by Abeh)
    Hi, I do all 3 sciences on the new OCR specifications. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how similar the exams will be to the old spec exams? Do you think it will be much harder, easier or about the same?

    I've been practicing using the past papers from that spec, but I'm worried it won't be enough! Anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare?

    thank you
    From what I've seen, comparing the old Spec exams (F322 and F324) to the new spec (Breadth and Depth, specimens) there doesn't seem to be much difference in terms of exam structure and what is required in answers, apart from the new aspects of the course which are in there.Only difference is QWC questions literally assess your quality of written of communication and don't just examine if you've slept a couple of key terms right, like in the previous spec.

    I think using old spec papers is a brilliant way to revise, since we're limited in the new spec papers. I'm doing Bio and Chem with OCR A, and I feel the same way about Bio.

    I also find it strange how OCR are predicting that 80% in all 70 mark papers with most likely equate to an A boundary, even though, most Biology papers in the previous spec have an A boundary of around 68%-74%. So I cant see that happening, unless they're planning on making the exams easier?
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    (Original post by RadonGhost)
    From what I've seen, comparing the old Spec exams (F322 and F324) to the new spec (Breadth and Depth, specimens) there doesn't seem to be much difference in terms of exam structure and what is required in answers, apart from the new aspects of the course which are in there.Only difference is QWC questions literally assess your quality of written of communication and don't just examine if you've slept a couple of key terms right, like in the previous spec.

    I think using old spec papers is a brilliant way to revise, since we're limited in the new spec papers. I'm doing Bio and Chem with OCR A, and I feel the same way about Bio.

    I also find it strange how OCR are predicting that 80% in all 70 mark papers with most likely equate to an A boundary, even though, most Biology papers in the previous spec have an A boundary of around 68%-74%. So I cant see that happening, unless they're planning on making the exams easier?
    Thanks for the reply! I agree with what you've said; hopefully using the old spec will prepare us well! I hadn't realised the grade boundaries for the old exams were much lower, I didn't check and just assumed they were about 80% for an A- so that's somewhat comforting!

    Also, looking at the specimen paper they don't seem easier, I think the multiple choice questions might prove a bit of a challenge, considering some of them require a lot of working out. But the longer questions seem about on par with the old spec ones. It might be worth practicing multiple choice questions from another source maybe?

    How far through the content are you with bio and chem?
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    Edexcel papers have a multiple choice section, I'd recommend doing them for practice.
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    (Original post by Abeh)
    Hi, I do all 3 sciences on the new OCR specifications. I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how similar the exams will be to the old spec exams? Do you think it will be much harder, easier or about the same?

    I've been practicing using the past papers from that spec, but I'm worried it won't be enough! Anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare?

    thank you
    I'm doing both OCR A for bio and chem. I think using the old spec to revise is fine, as the content is basically the same. I would say print out the spec and use it with revision
 
 
 

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