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Hi, I am doing igcse maths in may/june 2019. We just had our mock exams and i think the paper was the real gcse paper from last year. It was extremely difficult, i had done some quite a few past papers before this of previous years and they were nothing in comparison. Anyone know why the difficulty level for gcse maths has suddenly sky rocketed?
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(Original post by Mark_Ferreira)
Hi, I am doing igcse maths in may/june 2019. We just had our mock exams and i think the paper was the real gcse paper from last year. It was extremely difficult, i had done some quite a few past papers before this of previous years and they were nothing in comparison. Anyone know why the difficulty level for gcse maths has suddenly sky rocketed?
Probably to keep up with the new reformed maths 9-1 GCSE.
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Anyone know why the difficulty level for gcse maths has suddenly sky rocketed?
It hasn't sky rocketed. There is always some variability in the difficulty of exams that is adjusted for by changes in grade boundaries. Papers done in exam conditions generally feel much harder than those done in class or at home. When changes are are made to specifications the resulting changes to exam questions can be hard for teachers and students to predict so people are not quite as familiar with how questions are phrased and what examiners are looking for.
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(Original post by gdunne42)
It hasn't sky rocketed. There is always some variability in the difficulty of exams that is adjusted for by changes in grade boundaries. Papers done in exam conditions generally feel much harder than those done in class or at home. When changes are are made to specifications the resulting changes to exam questions can be hard for teachers and students to predict so people are not quite as familiar with how questions are phrased and what examiners are looking for.
oh ok that makes a lot of sense I guess.
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Firstly, are you doing Edexcel ?

Secondly, were these the 1H and 2H papers from June 2018 ? Because if so, then yes, I agree, those were legitimately very challenging papers. The 9 boundary was set at 75%, because so few people could cut the last third of the paper.
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(Original post by Aayush :))
Firstly, are you doing Edexcel ?

Secondly, were these the 1H and 2H papers from June 2018 ? Because if so, then yes, I agree, those were legitimately very challenging papers. The 9 boundary was set at 75%, because so few people could cut the last third of the paper.
yes I am doing edexcel and I am pretty sure they were last year's papers thanks a lot that makes me feel loads better.👍👍
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