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    Do you think it's a good idea? I recently decided to wanted to go to a private school as opposed to my school's sixth form, and I found out that the new private school doesn't let students take exams in January during Lower Sixth (year 12).

    Personally, I'd like to take exams in January as it'd allow me to become familiar with the types of questions asked and if you mess up your exams then there is always retakes, but on the other hand; if you get an amazing results, it's one less exam in the summer.

    What do you think?
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    Look at the grades the private school gets opposed to the other. Also visit both and see what you happy with. Then decide
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    (Original post by v1oXx-)
    Do you think it's a good idea? I recently decided to wanted to go to a private school as opposed to my school's sixth form, and I found out that the new private school doesn't let students take exams in January during Lower Sixth (year 12).

    Personally, I'd like to take exams in January as it'd allow me to become familiar with the types of questions asked and if you mess up your exams then there is always retakes, but on the other hand; if you get an amazing results, it's one less exam in the summer.

    What do you think?
    Mocks, Exam practice etc will allow you to do this, and only certain subjects have January exams anyway.
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    I like january exams because it takes off some of the pressure...

    if you work that its...
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    January exams aren't that bad. The tuition you get from Sept-Dec should be enough to prepare you for the January exams to be honest; and then it gives you the opportunity to resit (and therefore re-revise and get much better results) in June, so that you can resit without having to put low[er] grades on your UCAS application.

    Not having them isn't a great loss, but having them, IMHO, is a good thing from a student's perpective.
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    Personally, i loved doing some January module exams - it takes alot of weight off your shoulders for May/June time when you sit the rest of your exams (well, that's if you get good grades in the Jan modules of course)
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    Just take them privatley?
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    I went to a private school which wouldn't allow january exams in L6th and technically not in U6th (though there is an exception for f. maths).

    It annoyed me a bit at the time, but i think it is for the best. As far as i can see around january i do not know the modules anywhere near as well as i would by the summer and therefore if i want to do the best possible in that modules i would just have to retake it. This also causes considerable disruption to school in january, and IMO is not worthwhile.

    For U6th we were allowed to take 2 in january. I did okay in these but not as brilliantly as i would have liked. I decided not to retake these - this may have been a huge mistake and may have completely altered my life. I think it is far better to just push everything into the summer when you'll be at the top of your game. You'll be able to retake next year anyway.
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    (Original post by 2nd2god)
    Just take them privatley?
    At my school they were very strict about this and threatened to exclude people who do.

    Also if the school is not teaching with the aim to take january modules it is likely that no module would have been fully taught by the time of the january exams.
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    Yes. Always take exams in January. The breezes are fresh and the harvests are fruitful.
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    Oh you would just keep shut about it, and self teach yourself the little bits you would need for the january exam.
    Some of my friends did that, I doubt the school can legally exclude someone for sitting an exam privatley, Sounds highly illegal to me.
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    It was the same situation in my school. In lower 6th nobody got to take as modules in january. Personally i'm glad I didn't. I feel the entire first modules in all my subjects would've been rushed. At least with doing them all in May/June my teachers wern't rushing to get the course finished. I don't think you'll be at too much of a disadvantage by taking all modules in June.
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    I wanted to take half of my exams in january, but my school would not let me, i finally did all of them in june and there was no problem, a bit of pressure but it just felt like GCSE time. and i agree with above if you can takle them privatley do so. ( by the way can someone please explain how you can take it privatley>>?????)
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    When I asked for the reason at my interview - the teacher said that if people get low grades it makes them feel down and causes them to do worse in January.
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    My school doesn't do January exams in Lower 6th which I wasn't happy about at the time, but we hadn't actually finished the course in Biology and Economics (though we weren't too behind with econ and in bio we'd done the coursework). In the summer, although I was dreading it, it wasn't too bad really. I think if I'd done the January exams I wouldn't've been as well prepared and probably would've resat anyway. Don't choose a school based on whether it does Jan exams or not, seriously.
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    I don't see the problem with them - I did just as well in january as in summer exams. And especially with doing further maths, hence way more exams than most, I much prefer splitting them 8 in january, 10 in june, than having 18 exams all in one sitting. That would be like horrible memories of GCSEs all over again!
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    My new school lets us take exams in January, which I personally think is a good thing. Less exams in June, and more important, less to revise all in one go, unless you muck the exams up the first time round. [I have made myself promise myself I will work hard from the start]
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    (Original post by purple-girl)
    My school doesn't do January exams in Lower 6th which I wasn't happy about at the time, but we hadn't actually finished the course in Biology and Economics (though we weren't too behind with econ and in bio we'd done the coursework). In the summer, although I was dreading it, it wasn't too bad really. I think if I'd done the January exams I wouldn't've been as well prepared and probably would've resat anyway. Don't choose a school based on whether it does Jan exams or not, seriously.
    That was never the point of this thread, I was just getting opinions. :yep:
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    I got 8 marks into an A in my Sociology paper in the Jan exam and 1 mark off and A in Psych. So obviously, people do do okay in them
 
 
 

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