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    (Original post by Notnek)
    For the old spec, C1, C2 is Year 12 pure and C3, C4 is Year 13 pure.

    But WJEC past papers for old spec are probably more useful.
    Ok ty. I actually hate WJEC they’re the only exam board from what I’ve seen that word the questions in a stupid way and also the answers have to be in a separate answer book like wth
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    (Original post by VirgoStrain)
    Nothing changes, except for the specification and the fact the course is linear (AS exams are optional). Grading system remains the same - i.e. if you do better then 90+% of other entrants you're guaranteed an A or A* grade.
    But for this specific year those other entrants are only further maths students so it is much harder to do comparably better
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    (Original post by VirgoStrain)
    The maths exam doesn't contain further maths content, it contains maths content. Yes, doing further maths guarantees you'll be able to learn maths easier, but take the fact you're doing maths as an advantage: you've got more time to focus on it and it should be a walk in the park if you make sure you learn what's on there.
    I don't think you understand what i'm saying. Further maths students can take the maths a level in year 12 so do the whole a level in 1 year. Since this is the first year that the new maths a level is out only the further maths students learning the content will be ready to take the exam. There isn't any year above normal maths students also taking it as they do the old a level. So only the more confident further mathematicians will be doing the exams this summer, not a mix of maths and further maths students
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    (Original post by number0)
    Does anyone know how the grading of the new 2018 maths a level will be affected by basically only further maths students taking the exam. Will the grade boundaries just be a lot higher meaning it's harder to get a good grade or will they somehow take this into account?
    This isn't the first time a new specification has been introduced, examiners understand the potential issue and have tonnes of historical data that they will use to ensure appropriate grades are awarded.
    The main thing that you can do is work hard to ensure your performance in the exams is as good as it can possibly be. You can discuss delaying your entry if you you are deeply concerned or you can retake in year 13 if you are not satisfied with the result.
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    (Original post by gdunne42)
    This isn't the first time a new specification has been introduced, examiners understand the potential issue and have tonnes of historical data that they will use to ensure appropriate grades are awarded.
    The main thing that you can do is work hard to ensure your performance in the exams is as good as it can possibly be. You can discuss delaying your entry if you you are deeply concerned or you can retake in year 13 if you are not satisfied with the result.
    Thanks for the reply. I'm still gonna go for it and work hard dw, i was just simply wondering if they would take these things into account
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    Thanks for the reply. I'm still gonna go for it and work hard dw, i was just simply wondering if they would take these things into account
    Rest assured that they will, good luck, hope the hard work pays off
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