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Guys. Are the papers for the IAL syllabus going to be from locked past papers. Just like the students in the UK?
Or are we sitting a brand new paper that was meant to come out in May. But we’re just sitting it earlier?
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brand new paper its called unseen materials as in its just like a normal exam
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I made a thread about this earlier, but I'm writing it here too - some schools are planning on taking the unseen online. My friends and I will be sitting for it in-person and we feel that if the exams are taken online for some students and in-person for others, many students might cheat and the paper may even get leaked. This may create a really high percentile and we'd end up with low grades. We were planning on letting Edexcel know about this.
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I made a thread about this earlier, but I'm writing it here too - some schools are planning on taking the unseen online. My friends and I will be sitting for it in-person and we feel that if the exams are taken online for some students and in-person for others, many students might cheat and the paper may even get leaked. This may create a really high percentile and we'd end up with low grades. We were planning on letting Edexcel know about this.
My school told me that edexcel won’t take online tests nor online exams as proof or evidence. So idk if they’re gonna care tbh.
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(Original post by Edward_the2nd)
Guys. Are the papers for the IAL syllabus going to be from locked past papers. Just like the students in the UK?
Or are we sitting a brand new paper that was meant to come out in May. But we’re just sitting it earlier?
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So they’re not from locked past papers. But a whole new paper?
How’s that fair.
And can they get leaked a few hours before to the exam?
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So they’re not from locked past papers. But a whole new paper?
How’s that fair.
And can they get leaked a few hours before to the exam?
Yes they are new papers. It's fair because that's how exams normally happen. The schools have a choice whether their students sit the paper at the correct time just like an ordinary exam or whether they use the paper after that date in any way they wish, e.g. leaving out any parts of the specification that they haven't taught.

They are only going to be leaked if there is a dishonest school that gets the papers out of the secure cupboard ahead of time.
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(Original post by Edward_the2nd)
So they’re not from locked past papers. But a whole new paper?
How’s that fair.
And can they get leaked a few hours before to the exam?
Yes they are new papers. It's fair because that's how exams normally happen. The schools have a choice whether their students sit the paper at the correct time just like an ordinary exam or whether they use the paper after that date in any way they wish, e.g. leaving out any parts of the specification that they haven't taught.

They are only going to be leaked if there is a dishonest school that gets the papers out of the secure cupboard ahead of time.

I see from your profile that you are expecting to get 3 grade As so I don't know what you are fussing about.
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Yes they are new papers. It's fair because that's how exams normally happen. The schools have a choice whether their students sit the paper at the correct time just like an ordinary exam or whether they use the paper after that date in any way they wish, e.g. leaving out any parts of the specification that they haven't taught.

They are only going to be leaked if there is a dishonest school that gets the papers out of the secure cupboard ahead of time.

I see from your profile that you are expecting to get 3 grade As so I don't know what you are fussing about.
It’s just too stressful. Our school isn’t handling it properly. Teachers demotivate us, Not the best quality of teaching, Exams are a month earlier, And they’re not the only set of exams our school is setting up.
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Yes they are new papers. It's fair because that's how exams normally happen. The schools have a choice whether their students sit the paper at the correct time just like an ordinary exam or whether they use the paper after that date in any way they wish, e.g. leaving out any parts of the specification that they haven't taught.

They are only going to be leaked if there is a dishonest school that gets the papers out of the secure cupboard ahead of time.

I see from your profile that you are expecting to get 3 grade As so I don't know what you are fussing about.
And ontop of that. If the exams get leaked then the grade boundaries are gonna be so high. Which is really gonna be unfair for some students like me
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And ontop of that. If the exams get leaked then the grade boundaries are gonna be so high. Which is really gonna be unfair for some students like me
As I understand it, there won't be grade boundaries published. Schools will use the mark that their students get as part of the evidence towards the grade that they give the student.

Why are you so sure that the exams will be leaked? Do you know of a dishonest school that will leak them ahead of the exam time?
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No not at all. I’m just overthinking it tbh
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As I understand it, there won't be grade boundaries published.
And what does that mean? Will the grade be based on the class average. My teachers are sending our exams to the exam board to mark them. I don’t understand how there won’t be grade boundaries
I’m so sorry I sound stupid but I really don’t understand anything.
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(Original post by tiny hobbit)
Yes they are new papers. It's fair because that's how exams normally happen. The schools have a choice whether their students sit the paper at the correct time just like an ordinary exam or whether they use the paper after that date in any way they wish, e.g. leaving out any parts of the specification that they haven't taught.

They are only going to be leaked if there is a dishonest school that gets the papers out of the secure cupboard ahead of time.

I see from your profile that you are expecting to get 3 grade As so I don't know what you are fussing about.
Then what is the difference between these unseen materials and the real exam?
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And what does that mean? Will the grade be based on the class average. My teachers are sending our exams to the exam board to mark them. I don’t understand how there won’t be grade boundaries
I’m so sorry I sound stupid but I really don’t understand anything.
The board will then send your mark back to your school. Grade boundaries are usually set by the board based on the marks of all the candidates. That will not be taking place with the IAL papers this year.
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Then what is the difference between these unseen materials and the real exam?
The candidates for the A level qualification won't have to take this paper as a formal examination on the correct date. Schools (or countries) can choose to use the paper in whatever way they like after the official date for the paper.

The amount of teaching time lost over the past year has varied from one country to another, so some schools have taught all of the specification but others haven't. A school could therefore choose to leave off the paper any questions on material that they haven't taught.
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The candidates for the A level qualification won't have to take this paper as a formal examination on the correct date. Schools (or countries) can choose to use the paper in whatever way they like after the official date for the paper.

The amount of teaching time lost over the past year has varied from one country to another, so some schools have taught all of the specification but others haven't. A school could therefore choose to leave off the paper any questions on material that they haven't taught.
My school is going to give the whole paper including those haven’t been taught
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My school is going to give the whole paper including those haven’t been taught
That's rather unkind!
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