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    As everyone is aware the a-levels have changed, and as exams will be taken at the end of A2. But, I'm confused as to what exams we will take at the end of AS? Are they going to be new unseen exams that are the same for all year 12's and are they going to be externally marked??
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    No external ones as far as I'm aware (you'll probably get internal ones at the end of year 12) until the end of year 13.
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    If you want to take an AS just as backup in case you want to drop it in the second year, then obviously they would be externally marked and proper and everything. But if you're not going to take AS and just go straight for A Level, then you'll probably just have mock end of year exams at the end of the first year. Even if you take the AS in the first year though, you still have to take the full A level exams at the end of the second year, just like anyone else if you continue with it.
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    (Original post by abbigm1)
    As everyone is aware the a-levels have changed, and as exams will be taken at the end of A2. But, I'm confused as to what exams we will take at the end of AS? Are they going to be new unseen exams that are the same for all year 12's and are they going to be externally marked??
    From what I understand:

    At the end of AS, there is the option to sit official AS exams, however not all schools will be running them since they no longer form a compulsory part of the A level qualification. Some schools may just let you take the AS exam of subjects you won't be continuing with to A2, some will make you take AS exams for all subjects, and some won't let you take any official AS exams at all (but will most probably instead do their own internal exams just to keep an eye on your progress).

    At the end of A2, you will sit the official A level exams for all your A level subjects. These are the only exams you take that will contribute towards your final grade (unless you do some resits in the following year, etc.).
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    (Original post by dragonkeeper999)
    From what I understand:

    At the end of AS, there is the option to sit official AS exams, however not all schools will be running them since they no longer form a compulsory part of the A level qualification. Some schools may just let you take the AS exam of subjects you won't be continuing with to A2, some will make you take AS exams for all subjects, and some won't let you take any official AS exams at all (but will most probably instead do their own internal exams just to keep an eye on your progress).

    At the end of A2, you will sit the official A level exams for all your A level subjects. These are the only exams you take that will contribute towards your final grade (unless you do some resits in the following year, etc.).
    What I mean is that as there are no external as exams for majority of subjects schools are using internal exams as the basis of predicted grades for universities. My question is regarding the content of these internal exams, will they be past papers or provided by exams boards?
    I don't think I was clear in my first post.
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    (Original post by abbigm1)
    What I mean is that as there are no external as exams for majority of subjects schools are using internal exams as the basis of predicted grades for universities. My question is regarding the content of these internal exams, will they be past papers or provided by exams boards?
    I don't think I was clear in my first post.
    Ah, if there are no external exams then I would expect each school to set them internally - there is no incentive for them to pay exam boards for some example papers. Also, it wouldn't be past papers since these are available online for students to practice... Instead, I guess your teachers will just write them - a bit like they probably did each year at secondary school
 
 
 
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