Is Edexcel really the hardest syllabus at A Level maths? 2019 linear option

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Specifically I’d like to compare the new linear syllabus’ of AQA vs Edexcel. I understand the questions are structured differently, but ultimately isn’t the same material covered? How can one exam board be “harder” than the other? As many people often say Edexcel is harder than AQA. Plus, the grade boundaries must level out the points in the end.

In your opinion do you think that someone is able to achieve a higher grade if they take X syllabus?

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Specifically I’d like to compare the new linear syllabus’ of AQA vs Edexcel. I understand the questions are structured differently, but ultimately isn’t the same material covered? How can one exam board be “harder” than the other? As many people often say Edexcel is harder than AQA. Plus, the grade boundaries must level out the points in the end.

In your opinion do you think that someone is able to achieve a higher grade if they take X syllabus?

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yep **** edexcel. 6 month old thread idec **** pearson **** edexcel
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In your opinion do you think that someone is able to achieve a higher grade if they take X syllabus?
Not for maths, because the specification is literally the same for every exam board offering linear A-level maths.
Grade boundaries this year for Edexcel were very low
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Specifically I’d like to compare the new linear syllabus’ of AQA vs Edexcel. I understand the questions are structured differently, but ultimately isn’t the same material covered? How can one exam board be “harder” than the other? As many people often say Edexcel is harder than AQA. Plus, the grade boundaries must level out the points in the end.

In your opinion do you think that someone is able to achieve a higher grade if they take X syllabus?

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The same material is covered, but edexcel seemed to have set harder questions on that material.

But yeah, you're absolutely correct in saying that grade boundaries will level out points, so no exam board is objectively harder.

Although, sometimes this can favour certain types of students. A difficult paper with low boundaries means that intelligent students are not penalised as much for making silly mistakes, and I believe that this style more accurately reflects ability. On the other hand, an easy paper with sky high boundaries can disadvantage careless but intelligent students, as losing a few marks due to silly mistakes has more weighting on easy papers. However, easy papers are more accessible to less abled students meaning they may do slightly better than before.

tl;dr- no exam board is objectively harder, although each may favour different types of students. So it is possible to achieve a higher grade by sitting a different exam board, but this is not due to any inherent difficulty (merely one exam board's question styles being more suited to certain types of student)
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Not for maths, because the specification is literally the same for every exam board offering linear A-level maths.
Grade boundaries this year for Edexcel were very low
There are a few minor differences e.g. AQA doesn’t include statics/moments problems in mechanics which students often find the hardest topic. So just because of this I’d say AQA was the “easiest” spec. Grade boundaries probably make this irrelevant though.
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