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Okay so i got 80% on an a level specimen chemistry paper, and i´m curious as to why it was so low considering i get 90´s on normal past papers, are specimen past papers harder than actual papers?
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Okay so i got 80% on an a level specimen chemistry paper, and i´m curious as to why it was so low considering i get 90´s on normal past papers, are specimen past papers harder than actual papers?
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There are a couple of Qs which cover material on the old spec which is not on the new one and a few Qs are nowhere near as well written as current Qs and the MS isn't good enough in places.

Essentially, the specimen papers were written by one person without the checks and balances that real papers have - a whole team of people check, double check, review, refine, check some more.

The difficulty of the specimen Qs isn't intrinsically harder, it is just that real questions are written in a way that can make them easier to understand what you have to do to get the marks.
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There are a couple of Qs which cover material on the old spec which is not on the new one and a few Qs are nowhere near as well written as current Qs and the MS isn't good enough in places.

Essentially, the specimen papers were written by one person without the checks and balances that real papers have - a whole team of people check, double check, review, refine, check some more.

The difficulty of the specimen Qs isn't intrinsically harder, it is just that real questions are written in a way that can make them easier to understand what you have to do to get the marks.
Ahhh yeah, makes sense, if I was to mark the paper by grade boundaries id look at the 2018 grade boundaries right? I got an A atleast lol
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Ahhh yeah, makes sense, if I was to mark the paper by grade boundaries id look at the 2018 grade boundaries right? I got an A atleast lol
I wouldn't worry about trying to assign a grade to your work, just go over your mistakes and learn from them.
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I wouldn't worry about trying to assign a grade to your work, just go over your mistakes and learn from them.
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