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    So my class just got our Edexcel IAL jan 2018 grades today and WE WERE ALL SO SHOCKED!!! All of us who used score A*’s and A’s in GCSE’s scored B’s, C’s, and even D’s in A Level. Those who used to score B’s and C’s scored E’s and U’s. We are completely shocked.

    Is A Level marking really THAT strict?
    Is it because we did not take it seriously enough? But that’s not possible because we tried our full best. ALL OF US. Even our teachers were completely surprised.

    Is it always like that?
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    Are you in year 12? If so, then yes, it's completely normal to get much lower grades at the beginning of A level than you got at GCSE. Once you start to become more familiar with the new assessment style (and the content itself), then your grades will probably start to pick up.
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    My school's maths A level class all got two grades lower than expected and most were kicked off the course. It's nothing new.
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    (Original post by Sadiii01)
    So my class just got our Edexcel IAL jan 2018 grades today and WE WERE ALL SO SHOCKED!!! All of us who used score A*’s and A’s in GCSE’s scored B’s, C’s, and even D’s in A Level. Those who used to score B’s and C’s scored E’s and U’s. We are completely shocked.

    Is A Level marking really THAT strict?
    Is it because we did not take it seriously enough? But that’s not possible because we tried our full best. ALL OF US. Even our teachers were completely surprised.

    Is it always like that?
    Whatever grade you got at GCSE I’d say drop that by 2 grades and that’s what you’re realistically working at. It’s a massive jump and one that most people underestimate. I personally found that there were certain things at alevel you had to do in order to get a certain grade that weren’t the same at GCSE: eg use a specific word or wording, structure and formatting are different for different questions, methods of going about answering a question, more verbose use of language, etc.
    It’s scary at first when you get those grades back but it’s to make it known to the students that you won’t get by working at GCSE level anymore, shock to the system
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