I am a year 13 student and how hard is it to get a good grade in AQA chemistry, is AQA hardest exam board for A-level chemistry??
That's what I'm doing atm !! The maths isn't too bad at all until you get into the Exam though 😂 btw what grade did you achieve in the end. (Original post by Olivia_B99) I am currently 1st year chem student at uni. I did the AQA chemisty exams in 2018, I dont think AQA is the hardest exam board, i heard people say OCR and others were tougher. Personally i found the content wasnt too bad its just 'learning it for the exam board' as in AQA can be picky with definitions, so you might understand the terminology but if you dont word it correctly you wont get the credit for it. Which is annoying as it can feel more memory based rather than knowledge / understanding based. Just start learning stuff like mechanisms and definitions now so you will have less to do in may and then you can focus on revision of topics and exam technique rather than memorisng stuff.
I hope it helps
I ended up getting a C overall, I got what I wanted considering I am very bad at exams and it got me onto my dream course at uni. I think I roughly got 48% and the boundaries were nice and low.
OCR A has the highest grade boundaries of all of the UK boards. You can interpret this as other exam boards must write harder papers, as their grade boundaries are lower. But, when you're aiming for an A* and you have to get 90% of the marks on a paper, it doesn't allow you to make many foolish mistakes. With low grade boundaries, you have more opportunities to make stupido errors.
(Original post by Pigster)
I disagree for two reasons.
1. Silly mistakes happen. Only the very best students do not make (many) silly mistakes. Only the very best students should get and A*. If you write a 'hard' paper and only need say 80% to get and A*. Now, let's say that 60% of the paper is fairly bread-butter and 40% is tricky. A 'good' student might make quite a few stupid mistakes on the easy stuff and say only get 40% (out of a possible 60%) on the easy stuff - which represents a whole load of stupid mistake on stuff they should be getting right. Then, if they get a lot of the hard stuff correct, they can still get their A*. Compare that to a really good student who doesn't get the easy stuff wrong AND gets as much of the hard stuff right as my earlier hypothetical numpty. They both get an A*, even though one is better than t'other. Not fair says I.
If the grade boundaries are very high, the likelihood of the paper containing 40% hard questions probably isn't that high, maybe 20%, but probably not 40. The grade boundaries are decided after the papers have been sat. If students make very few careless errors, then the boundaries will be high. If the students are making few careless errors, and as you say, 'silly mistakes happen', then it would probably be fair to conclude that the paper wasn't too difficult in the first place.
(Original post by Pigster)
2. High grade boundaries allow for large differences (in raw marks) between grades, which can only be a good thing.
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