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    I'm generally against remarking. In rare instances, it's an error. But I generally think that it breeds a "it's the exam board's fault" mentality, it awards people for not much at all, it's also much harder on those on lower incomes and it takes away a lot of responsibility too, as well as many other reasons.

    However I got my GCSEs today, and I got 12 A*s and 1 A. I'm really pleased, but that 1 A is in Geography, a subject I should have got an A* in. Though as it turned out, I was off by a single UMS mark. (179/180). In my exam, I misread a 12 marker and know I lost marks there, the difference between an A* and an A. So I wanted to keep the A firstly because for the reasons above, but also it acts as a constant reminder to read the question and to be careful, because that is my fatal flaw when it comes exams overall.

    However the temptation is killing me. That 1 UMS point is the difference between straight A*s, but doing so goes against what I believe and takes away Geography as a constant reminder to be careful which could prove useful. Not to mention realistically 12 A*s and 1 A does not look bad at all in its own right, that or 13 A*s isn't going to make a huge difference.

    However the temptation is strong, pretty strong. My beliefs and logic go against it, but at the end of the day it'd be nice to have 13 A*s. So looking at my example, should I go for it? What would you do?
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    Do what you want. P.S 179/180 is almost 100%... Unless you meant 179/200. You've answered your own question by listing all the Pros and Cons. Just make your own decision.
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    If you are disappointed with your mark, as in you think it should have been higher - remark.

    If not, leave it.
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    Don't do it. Principles are worth more than grades.
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    (Original post by BioStudentx)
    Do what you want. P.S 179/180 is almost 100%... Unless you meant 179/200. You've answered your own question by listing all the Pros and Cons. Just make your own decision.
    Yeah full UMS was 200, I got 179, but 180 was needed for the A*.
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    (Original post by !!mentor!!)
    Don't do it. Principles are worth more than grades.
    Think I agree.
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    (Original post by jamestg)
    If you are disappointed with your mark, as in you think it should have been higher - remark.

    If not, leave it.
    Of course I'm a bit disappointed because it could have been higher, but I'm disappointed because I know exactly where I lost the marks which could have tipped the balance. I think I got the mark I deserved and it serves a pretty important message, but at the end of the day, 1 UMS off where a remark could easily tip the balance into a full 100% A*...It's more matter of what I think vs what would be nicer.
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    (Original post by CJKAllstar)
    I'm generally against remarking. In rare instances, it's an error. But I generally think that it breeds a "it's the exam board's fault" mentality, it awards people for not much at all, it's also much harder on those on lower incomes and it takes away a lot of responsibility too, as well as many other reasons.

    However I got my GCSEs today, and I got 12 A*s and 1 A. I'm really pleased, but that 1 A is in Geography, a subject I should have got an A* in. Though as it turned out, I was off by a single UMS mark. (179/180). In my exam, I misread a 12 marker and know I lost marks there, the difference between an A* and an A. So I wanted to keep the A firstly because for the reasons above, but also it acts as a constant reminder to read the question and to be careful, because that is my fatal flaw when it comes exams overall.

    However the temptation is killing me. That 1 UMS point is the difference between straight A*s, but doing so goes against what I believe and takes away Geography as a constant reminder to be careful which could prove useful. Not to mention realistically 12 A*s and 1 A does not look bad at all in its own right, that or 13 A*s isn't going to make a huge difference.

    However the temptation is strong, pretty strong. My beliefs and logic go against it, but at the end of the day it'd be nice to have 13 A*s. So looking at my example, should I go for it? What would you do?
    Surely if you achieved 12A* and 1A you'll be smart enough to realise that whether you get 13 or not, your life prospects won't be affected.
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    May as well remark, unless you believe in that 13 is an unlucky number.
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    Surely if you achieved 12A* and 1A you'll be smart enough to realise that whether you get 13 or not, your life prospects won't be affected.
    Yup...as I said in the OP...but I mean the opportunity for a full 13 A*s is there by 1 UMS only so obviously I'm a bit tempted...
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    (Original post by CJKAllstar)
    Yup...as I said in the OP...but I mean the opportunity for a full 13 A*s is there by 1 UMS only so obviously I'm a bit tempted...
    Do as you want. There's statistically only 18% of it changing for one; I'm not sure what it is for going up.
 
 
 
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