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    Today on my access course we had a maths test under exam conditions.

    Now originally on the module, we were advised it was going to be a written assignment, then on the 4th week of the 5-week module we were told after faculty discussion it would need to be an exam the following week. We collectively as a class raised our concern that this would not allow us to be prepared in time given all of our previous preparations had been ready for an assignment so it was agreed we would sit the test today instead to give us chance to revise.

    The test included two questions which were nothing like the material we had been taught and near enough no one was clear on how to do them. I know myself personally came to an answer that didn't seem right because it was so unfamiliar, and spent an hour of exam making multiple attempts to answer it becoming increasing stressed until eventually the time ran out and I hadn't fully answered the question.

    It turns out my answer was correct but because I'd never seen an answer in the format I was getting I had convinced myself I was making an error in a very long winded equation.

    We've been advised that being under exam conditions any re-submissions will be capped at a passing grade which I've challenged and still waiting to discuss with the faculty this week.

    So does anyone have any experience with grades for an exam on an open awards access course and if my college is indeed correct that a pass is the best we can hope for? If so has anyone any experience in raising a grievance at the inadequate course material provided in tutorials in preparation for the exam?

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