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    I recently did my speaking and listening exam (I'm in year 10 ) and unluckily I was one of the ones who go selected to be recorded and sent to AQA. I got a distinction and was wondering does it actually matter, I could've gotten a fail and nobody would care. It's not like future universities look at this separate grade right?It's just really annoying I tried so hard not to mess up in the exam and prepare only to find out it's an irrelevant grade. I should have revised for other more important things!
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    (Original post by stfuhfdr)
    I recently did my speaking and listening exam (I'm in year 10 ) and unluckily I was one of the ones who go selected to be recorded and sent to AQA. I got a distinction and was wondering does it actually matter, I could've gotten a fail and nobody would care. It's not like future universities look at this separate grade right?It's just really annoying I tried so hard not to mess up in the exam and prepare only to find out it's an irrelevant grade. I should have revised for other more important things!
    It's probably the most useless compulsory GCSE you will ever take.

    You don't need a certificate, or a grade, to show that you can speak articulately. Heck, I got a merit in mine - I know I can speak articulately but I didn't get the distinction because I couldn't be asked to memorize my speech off-head. Does that mean that if I had bothered to memorize my speech the day before I would be heralded as super well-versed in the English Language, and does it show that I can speak like Martin Luther King? Nope. I honestly doubt universities would bat an eye at "GCSE Speaking and Listening".
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    (Original post by Gabzinc)
    It's probably the most useless compulsory GCSE you will ever take.

    You don't need a certificate, or a grade, to show that you can speak articulately. Heck, I got a merit in mine - I know I can speak articulately but I didn't get the distinction because I couldn't be asked to memorize my speech off-head. Does that mean that if I had bothered to memorize my speech the day before I would be heralded as super well-versed in the English Language, and does it show that I can speak like Martin Luther King? Nope. I honestly doubt universities would bat an eye at "GCSE Speaking and Listening".
    Why not scrap it completely it's really irritating for schools to force people like myself with social anxiety to do these kinds of things.. whatever i got it over and done with anyways :/
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    I'm just about to and even though my teacher made it seem as though it had some sort of relevance, I wasn't convinced however what's done is done. Always do the best you can, never slack - it's a bad habit. Don't look back at it as a disappointment but a self achievement
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    (Original post by stfuhfdr)
    Why not scrap it completely it's really irritating for schools to force people like myself with social anxiety to do these kinds of things.. whatever I got it over and done with anyways :/
    Don't have much experience with issues like this, but is it surely a good thing then that it is compulsory, as it forced you out of your comfort zone and develop or at least practice a life skill?

    With regards to the original question, it counts for nothing really. I did old GCSEs, but on our certificate, it just had our total score out of 5 for all our speaking and listening modules beneath the actual grade in the English GCSE. No employer or uni is ever gonna care about what you get in it. I think it used to properly examined and count to the grade before, but they realised this was stupid, but govt still wanted it in the course so that is why it's the weird little side thing it is now.
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    This skill is probably going to be the most valuable you will take forward from your academic English studies. It is so important that you can present and take questions on a chosen subject in the furtherance of any career, in my view. Work at it and strive for that distinction; it may not count for much as a qualification but will definitely be a valuable skill in your future careers.
 
 
 
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