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AimzHaz
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I think that Ed Excel should be stopped from being an examining board! Thanks to them i have 3 exams on the same day, 2 of which are both Biology! And all 3 exams are set for 9am! How can they make the mistake of putting 2 biology exams on the same day at the same time!!!!??????? :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

And i'm really mad because that day just happens to be my birthday, altho i can't officaially blame Ed Excel for this i have to blame some1!

Ed Excel lose coursework, write incorrect information on the exam papers and set unanswerable questions!!!!! How can they be allowed to stay!?
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They have been given a certain amount of time to clean up their act, or they will b shut down.

A school near us aint got edexcel results for last june, and have been sent wrong ones twice.

Really they are a crap examining board, the course is ok, its just the gettin to talk 2 them n gettin feedback n communications. Also, yer they are crap @ doin exams, presume u will just do them one after the other.



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bil a bob
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Ed excel did thsat to me as well
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Michele
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YES they did that to me too...they are so ****in gay!
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HelenBrownsell
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I agree that edexcel are the more unorganised and unreliable examination board around. Fortunately I only did my key skills exams with edexcel but they couldn't even get that right. Every exam I took had changes that we had to make to it before we had even started the test. The maths one had incorrect numbers so the result would be incorrect, the english one had pages missing and others duplicated and the IT one had a task which couldnt be done with the software being used. The maths exa also had questiosn which people couldnt answer as there wasnt the correct data given or any formulae. I wrote next to the questiosn comments on why the question wasnt possible to etc and nothing was ever said. Also, they never actually sent the certificated for the exam results - only the ones you get that say on the "THIS IS NOT A CERTIFICATE". I wrote to them but never got a reply...or the certificates. I suppose it only key skills though...I hope others got their a-level certificates. The only problem is "what do you do about it?" Hopefully schools and colleges will get the picture that the examination board isn't very good and will stop using them but apart from that all you can really do is wait and see if they canclean up their act. Good luck to anyone taking exams...especially if it is an edexcel one.
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if u have two bio exams timetabled next to each other, its not a timetabling fault. You sit them back to back, the same as P3 and P1, M3 and M1, accounting and most other subjects

Aprat fromt hat, they are naf. AQA isnt much better, last year they forgot to send one of my physics papers thru!
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Yeah I heard they were gonna be shut down as well!

All the certificates for edexcel were late to our school, and they put a load of exams on the same day for some subjects! I don't have them as an exam board anymore, but they gave me an A in maths GCSE though, which I'm suspicious of...(went from a C/D in mocks to an A with virtually no revision!) so they must be idiots.
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Ahhh I knew edexcel were crap but I didn't know they screwed all that other stuff up!

They didn't screw up my Psychology paper (thank God) but I still have an RS one with them in a couple of weeks... I hope they don't mess my results around as well!

Hey, if Edexcel shut down after this year, what happens if you've done an AS with them and want to do the A2 as well?
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theyre making me so mad, theyre completely stressin me out. they put both my goegraphy as paper and my re sit on the same day, in the same sitting. that and last year they sent our schools geography coursework back remarked and the grades were lower than the papers were when they were sent off. its the first time its ever happend to our college. I really dont want to have my courswork thrown back at a lower mark than it should be and then screw up my chances of getting into the university i want to go to. its not fair and its not right. the government should have put a stop to it a long time ago. Edexcel have a lot to answer for.
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I haven't had any problems with Edexcel as such, but I think they give very short amount of time for geography modules - I honestly think there's more than 90 minutes work in them.
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I totally agree with you. I'm studying Avce Business and coursework has to be sent to them and they do lose quite alot of work. That's why I made 3 back-ups of all my coursework. As for exams I've only got 2 exams. I think you A level people do have it hard. I think there needs to be 1 exam board. Problem is one subject can be offered by many boards so the exam timetables are packed.
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Beat This For An Exam ****-Up !!

They have scheduled me for 2 seperate exams in the morning and decided that on the afternoon of that day i'm sitting 2 futhur exams. I was given a choice between specialist exam times (ie. I start at 7:30 and finish at 5:30) or I could have spent the night at an evigilators house.

Since I've never met a attractive evigilator I decided on the specialist times. But now I have 2 revise for 4 exams on one day.

If by some fluke I do get passing grades, I intend to send EdExcel some serious abuse. Supposing I dont pass then I make no guarantees about the safety of the head gut incharge of EdExcel
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It is ridiculous to expect anyone to study for four exams in one day. My friend had 5 scheduled for one day so had to pick the option of staying over at an invigilator's house but luckily her friend was in the same situation. I could understand it if times of different exam boards classes (as it did with me for my as-levels) but for the same board to do it is a bit bizaree. If they can't fit them all in why don't they extend the exam period for an exam week or something? Some examinatoin boards, such as AQA, put hour exams one after the other of the same subject so that it is like one big exam. Personally, I don't think that would be very nice but if it's between that and doing 5 exams in one day or sleeping over a strangers house...?
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they r propa screwed - god knows y skools n the government stil lets them go carry on screwing the future of students - 2 years ago when i took intermediate gnvq ict, they sent thru the wrong exam paper for our group, n then bout 2 hours l8er they faxed thru 1 copy to my skool - n skool had to then photocopy that 1 copy to 15 other students including me - the lines provided for the answer wasnt even straight thats how bad the copies were - but it doesnt end there - i stil aeint recieved my result from edexcel of the exam that i took last year - they r a complete **** UP!!!!
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That is really bad. You could try writing to edexcel about getting your grades but when I wrote to them to ask for my certificates, I didn't get any response. I suppose the best thing to do would be to phone them as then they have to reply to you some way. Here is there contact info. Give it a go and see what they say.

Edexcel
Stewart House
32 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DN

0870 240 9800

[email protected]
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It once took me 13 telephone calls to Edexcel to get a candidate access to their scripts. My advice to anyone not getting a good service is don't give up - just keep bothering them, and apply usual methodology: get the names of people as high up as possible. Don't take no for an answer. At one stage they said they'd lost the scripts, and of course I got the usual 'so-and-so is on holiday' line - which is par for the course in this country (file under 'whinging', with cross-reference under 'laziness'). But I just kept bothering them, because it was obvious that they might be able to find them if they looked properly, and eventually they did. I think I got them some time in February.

I don't think Edexcel will be shut down. In fact, you've got to be joking. They've just been taken over by Pearson (owner of Penguin, Longman, Dorling Kindersley, the Financial Times [which itself owns 50% of the Economist], etc.). They call it a partnership but basically it's a takeover. The new organisation, called London Qualifications (why don't they go the whole hog and give it the brandname 'Qualifications London' to match Tate Britain? ), will be 75% owned by Pearson. The 'Edexcel Foundation' will own the other 25%.

It wouldn't surprise me if Pearson took over one or two of the other boards too. They are a very powerful and well-connected company, and their 'plan' for London Qualifications involves lots of 'technology', so I could even see the government making them the sole board (in England anyway, maybe England and Wales). They won't care if this means more multiple-guess type questions. This is assuming they can square it with Britain's two leading universities - but...money talks.

Of course, there wasn't so much inefficiency in say 1960 before computers. They don't need any more computers. But it's all about money. The new board may on paper be non-profitmaking, but it doesn't matter, because it won't be a surprise who they choose as their main supplier. Which firm calls itself the 'world's leading education company'? Click: <http://www.pearson.com>.

Note that the head of London Qualifications will be the former head of OCR.

Students of bovine rear-end output might like to read the following:

Martin Cross, Chairman of London Qualifications, said: "The creation of London Qualifications provides a real opportunity for a step-change improvement to our examination processes. We are
determined to grasp that opportunity for the benefit of students, teachers and parents."

Edexcel's Chief Executive, John Kerr, said: "The examinations system has been under intense pressure for some time. We have proved we can cope with this, but coping isn't good enough. If
we are to deliver the quality and standards of service that teachers, students and parents deserve, we need investment, skills and technology that we cannot deliver alone. With its commitment to education, its testing experience and its proven technology, Pearson is the obvious partner and this agreement enables us to modernise our processes and ensure continuity."

Clive Hay-Smith, President of Pearson assessment and testing, said: "Edexcel has recognised the need for significant investment in technology and new processes and we are delighted to make this long term commitment to UK education. The UK's world-class qualifications deserve world-class examination processes and through this partnership with Edexcel we are determined to play our part in realising that vision."

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Well Edexcel is a total piece of crap to be honest. At GCSE they marked my Bus St paper as a C, when i was predicted an A*, and refused to re-mark it. I threatened to make a big deal out of it, so they tried to bribe me into letting the matter go. I didn't though, but they are still refusing to re-mark it, but i aced my AS business exam, so i dont care as much. Im taking Maths AS with them, and i hope for their sake that i do well.
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How did they try to bribe you, iluv?
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Might you, er. divulge any more details?
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