The new AS level bio exams....Watch
i get what u r saying and it's true but its just how it is...
are cancerous, the old spec papers were easier compared to the papers we have to do this year, after looking at some new spec exam papers it doesn't even look like Biology anymore, the questions papers are full of graphs, data, mathematical and practical questions, barely any questions from the content. Just how am I supposed to prepare in order to score top grades in these exam? There aren't enough of these new spec past papers.
The laws of science haven't changed because the exam boards changed the specifications. A small number of the old questions obviously won't be relevant but most of the content, facts and what you need to know is exactly the same. Plants haven't started using robots to make energy just because the exam specifications have changed. The old papers aren't perfect but they're still incredibly useful.
Take a look at the questions listed on... what was it... er... RIGHT! http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/...l-wjec-eduqas/
Bio Factsheet. Most of the questions are application, and can get difficult if you go down the rabbit hole and do enough of them to find the hard ones. That site also has Physics and Maths (per the name) and other nonsense too, if you care for that.
I can guarantee that if you memorise your textbook(s), reading it/them over at least ten times and learning every page word for word, and doing all of those questions, you'll get an A*.
My year was the first year to do the new AS and A Level biology exams and all we had was the old spec past papers and 3 sets of specimens. Still came out with an A*, so it's possible, I assure you - especially considering you now have the real 2017 papers to look at.
Did they also help you tackle those heavy maths based and practical based questions?
Also your textbook should have some examples if your exam board is decent.
What you have to remember though, is that grades are allocated over a bell curve, so even if you think you did worse on a new paper compared to an old paper, it's likely you will still get the same grade you would have got under the old specification. I thought my AS Econ exam went terribly, but I still ended up getting an A.
For example in June 2017 AQA AS exams, 78/150 equates to an A which is 52%. In June 2016, 88/150 was an A which is roughly 59%.
However, as the third batch to sit it, you have so much more resources than people who sat it the first and second times.
Also, I personally felt there isn't a major change in difficulty of the papers, the content is relatively the same.
Yes, there's slightly more mathematical content, but not too difficult and ones which can be done with basic knowledge of formulaes and GCSE level maths.
I suggest you use other exam boards new specification papers to get better practise of new specification provided they're of similar type.