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    Who else is a little freaked out by this? There is not enough info... and a grade nine is higher than an A*!! Yet some people still expect me to get it...
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    What's gonna be weird is if I have an a* in something I've got top grade available whereas somebody with a 2 isn't gonna have top so when it comes to qualifications for stuff I'll look better to certain people even tho it's the same.

    Luckily for the kids, when I did gcse I never got any A*s
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    (Original post by Retired_Messiah)
    What's gonna be weird is if I have an a* in something I've got top grade available whereas somebody with a 2 isn't gonna have top so when it comes to qualifications for stuff I'll look better to certain people even tho it's the same.

    Luckily for the kids, when I did gcse I never got any A*s
    9 is the highest grade in the new GCSE. That confused me when I first learnt it
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    (Original post by notnek)
    9 is the highest grade in the new GCSE. That confused me when I first learnt it
    ffs I swear I got told the opposite.
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    (Original post by notnek)
    9 is the highest grade in the new GCSE. That confused me when I first learnt it
    Some are calling the new 9 grade a censored slang for bottom.
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    9 is the highest grade in the new GCSE. That confused me when I first learnt it
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    I did my gcses last year so thankfully will not have to deal with this, but in all honesty it is ridiculous and pointless. The people who get these grades are going to spend a very long time explaining what their grade is equivalent to. It serves no purpose at all. Does anyone know the reason why the government decided to implement it?
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    (Original post by IfYouCanDreamIt)
    I did my gcses last year so thankfully will not have to deal with this, but in all honesty it is ridiculous and pointless. The people who get these grades are going to spend a very long time explaining what their grade is equivalent to. It serves no purpose at all. Does anyone know the reason why the government decided to implement it?
    E.g. the A* was too easy to get in the old system. If the paper was made harder and the boundaries were kept the same then people would complain. If the paper was kept the same and the boundaries were increased then people would complain.

    Now we have a completely new grading system, people will be too confused to complain.
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    (Original post by notnek)
    E.g. the A* was too easy to get in the old system. If the paper was made harder and the boundaries were kept the same then people would complain. If the paper was kept the same and the boundaries were increased then people would complain.

    Now we have a completely new grading system, people will be too confused to complain.
    It makes sense that the government would do that, but surely they could have come up with a better solution. For instance they could introduced a new grade above an A* like in further maths where the highest grade was A^. That might not be the best system but any other way would be better than this new system. No doubt by the time we get used to it they'll decide to change it again.
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    (Original post by IfYouCanDreamIt)
    It makes sense that the government would do that, but surely they could have come up with a better solution. For instance they could introduced a new grade above an A* like in further maths where the highest grade was A^. That might not be the best system but any other way would be better than this new system. No doubt by the time we get used to it they'll decide to change it again.
    That's kind of what they've done. A* is equivalent to an 8 and they've introduced a 9 which you could say is like an A**.

    If they kept the old system and introduced an A** then firstly it looks ridiculous and secondly people from previous years would complain that they didn't get the opportunity to get an A**.

    Plus it wasn't just the A* that was a problem - there were problems with a lot of the old grading system. All solutions would have had their pros/cons but what was decided was a fresh grading system.
 
 
 
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