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Hi,

I wanted to know how revision for everyone else is going and is it possible to get full marks? I need full marks in this exam but all i have got so far in practice papers is 66/75 not good enough. but when the mrks are scaled up will it be good enough?

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Hard to say it depends on grade boundaries etc. for that paper. It's usually about 68 I gather.

We all got told that AS Biology modules were easier to get high marks on but harder to get full marks on. If you know you Biology at A2 then its easier to get full marks then at AS. I got close to full marks in BYA2 (103/105) and then in BYA5 got full marks (90/90)
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Hi,

I wanted to know how revision for everyone else is going and is it possible to get full marks? I need full marks in this exam but all i have got so far in practice papers is 66/75 not good enough. but when the mrks are scaled up will it be good enough?

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Do you mind me asking why you need full marks? (Indirectly asking the second part of the question there, lol)
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Do you mind me asking why you need full marks? (Indirectly asking the second part of the question there, lol)
because i need an A overall for med school, my coursework marks were bad in A2. the only way to make up lost marks is to get full marks on bya 1 and 80/90 for bya5 and 6... lol messed up pretty bad
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Hard to say it depends on grade boundaries etc. for that paper. It's usually about 68 I gather.

We all got told that AS Biology modules were easier to get high marks on but harder to get full marks on. If you know you Biology at A2 then its easier to get full marks then at AS. I got close to full marks in BYA2 (103/105) and then in BYA5 got full marks (90/90)
wow congrats. thats fantastic. how did you manage to get full marks on bya 5? how did you revise? was it due to past papers
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So are mine. But not catastrophic.
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because i need an A overall for med school, my coursework marks were bad in A2. the only way to make up lost marks is to get full marks on bya 1 and 80/90 for bya5 and 6... lol messed up pretty bad
I wish you luck then, hoping to do medicine too. In case if you don't get into medicine in the UK you can always go abroad as there are loads of foreign english-teaqching unis nowadays.
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wow congrats. thats fantastic. how did you manage to get full marks on bya 5? how did you revise? was it due to past papers
Yeah hammer past papers and then just revision. Learn mark schemes for the 6/7 markers. Just know what they want. There are set things that just gain easy marks. In BYA5 it was like remembering to write 'Variation already exists in a species' for natural selection questions and then this time in BYA6 its remembering to put 'By Osmosis/Diffusion/Active Transport' etc. when talking about transport of things. Look at mark schemes and pick out essential phrases like that.
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I wish you luck then, hoping to do medicine too. In case if you don't get into medicine in the UK you can always go abroad as there are loads of foreign english-teaqching unis nowadays.
yeh i heard about this but I don't understand how it works. Do you have to go to a eauropean country or any where in the world? Either way do not have to do a conversion course in UK before you can practise?
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Yeah hammer past papers and then just revision. .
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yeh i heard about this but I don't understand how it works. Do you have to go to a eauropean country or any where in the world? Either way do not have to do a conversion course in UK before you can practise?
I'm not sure but a girl from my school did not get to a med in UK so she applied to a uni in Poland and Sweden and all she had to do was sit a test or something. The quality of teaching is as high as in an english uni and degrees are recognised anywhere in the world so its a normal course
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Sometimes when you look at a mark scheme for a BYA5 paper, the marks are so random! Like 1 mark for saying "aerobic" or if you're blatently talking about succession, you need to put the word "succession" down to get a mark! Pffft, they're really pedantic about some things! You'd never be able to get full marks if it wasn't for mark schemes! Oh how i love mark schemes....they make my day, shame they don't provide us with one in the exam! But oh well, we can dream....
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Sometimes when you look at a mark scheme for a BYA5 paper, the marks are so random! Like 1 mark for saying "aerobic" or if you're blatently talking about succession, you need to put the word "succession" down to get a mark! Pffft, they're really pedantic about some things! You'd never be able to get full marks if it wasn't for mark schemes! Oh how i love mark schemes....they make my day, shame they don't provide us with one in the exam! But oh well, we can dream....
How much easier would that be! Yeah I hate marks for throwing in random words like aerobic. You can kick yourself sometimes. Mock exam this time 58/75, fingers crossed eh?
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i'm resiting BYB1 on the 3rd, i really have high hopes because ive scored over 90% on all of the past papers ive done. I just want to do as well as possible in it to relieve some pressure for the other modules (well just BYB5, i dont mind BYB7). I'm just doing past paper after past paper after past paper. its the best way imo
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Hmmm yeah. Some times you just have to memorise the mark scheme. I know what you mean about the whole "variation already is present in the population", "variation is due to mutations","mutations lead to different characteristics" thing! I need to memorise that answer word perfectly before the exam, i don't really need many marks on these exams tbh. Although i was looking on AQA's website and it seems that June 07 BYA6 module you only needed 65% to get an A!! Crazy times, that's like 72 UMS for only 49 marks! Good times
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Hmmm yeah. Some times you just have to memorise the mark scheme. I know what you mean about the whole "variation already is present in the population", "variation is due to mutations","mutations lead to different characteristics" thing! I need to memorise that answer word perfectly before the exam, i don't really need many marks on these exams tbh. Although i was looking on AQA's website and it seems that June 07 BYA6 module you only needed 65% to get an A!! Crazy times, that's like 72 UMS for only 49 marks! Good times

I hope the grade boundaries are that low lol will make life a lot easier
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I'm not sure but a girl from my school did not get to a med in UK so she applied to a uni in Poland and Sweden and all she had to do was sit a test or something. The quality of teaching is as high as in an english uni and degrees are recognised anywhere in the world so its a normal course

definately a hope if things dont go as planned. thanks
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In more important news....has anyone got the new Grand Theft Auto? We've got ages until our exams!
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huh? lol
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It definitely is possible to get full UMS marks on these papers. I have for all so far (BYA1, BYA2, BYA5 and coursework). Just remember your keywords, and plug them in wherever you can Also, remember that you do not need 100% of the raw marks, so if it's a hard paper, you still have a similar chance of getting full UMS marks. I agree with Pepe le Poosh, practise loads of past papers, so you can learn the common marking points, especially on the longer questions that seem to keep coming up. Good luck!
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