Why are the new spec papers so hard?

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    For AQA Science, the new spec specimen papers are very different from old spec papers.

    1. There are no additional marking points in the margin for any questions, it's either exact wording or you don't get the mark. Will this be true for the real exam?
    2. The questions are much more demanding and are asked in a way rather different than what's been seen in older spec papers. This means that it's harder also, as there is no way to prepare for these sort of questions for the real exam (except one lousy specimen paper for each).

    As a result, if the grade boundaries aren't significantly lower then I don't see how I will get a good grade in the summer, purely because there is no way to prepare for what questions they may ask.
    Just learning the content will not suffice either as you need to be able to learn the exam technique to ensure you get the marking points (which we can't).
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    The specimen for chemistry online seems okay but the second set that only teachers have access is terrible.
    I think having a solid understanding of everything and luck will play a big part for this new spec.

    Maybe the real exams will be too bad as the specimen will have prepared us for the worse. Fingers crossed they will just use similar sort of questions for the real thing.
    That paper was bloody hard.
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    O M G, i know! Most of the questions are harder, but not impossible but then there's a few that are just awful. My chemistry teacher has a PhD in chem and even she was struggling at one question.
 
 
 
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