I have been landed with 5h 45mins worth of exams. I accpet that it's not ed-excels fault this time (Shock Horror!) but since that we are thrashing one exam board I might as well drag them all in.
1h 30m Central Concepts
1h 15m Unifying concepts in Biology *
1h 30m Computing 4 *
1h 30m Computing 5 *
2h 00m Engligh Lang & Lit 5
1h 30m D&T 4 *
That's what I was presented with when I got my exam timetable, thankfully I'm not re-taking central concepts (although I should in theory).
As a result of this I have to sit exams from 9am till 12(ish) then have a supervised lunch (urgh!) then go back to exams for the next two exams.
WHY CAN'T EXAM BOARDS TALK TO EACH OTHER!
That is truely shocking, and should not be allowed under any circumstances.
Edexcel haven't had a great record this session either; I've sat three Geography papers with them so far (2 AS's, and an A2), and on all three there have been errors, TWO of them have been served by erratum notices - the third paper, most recently (Unit 4: Global Challenge), had two seperate errors on in, and we NOT served by erratum notices.
Tied together with their history of impossible Prims Algorithm questions and they very soon turn in to EdexHELL.
I had 6 hours of exams on Monday 9th (2 days ago) and to be kept in isolation for an hour due to clashing. It's ridiculous. They can't possibly expect students to perform at their usual potentials under such a long and stressful period.
My timetable was scheduled with the all of the exams during the AM period, so one of them had to be moved to the PM period, which was why I had to be put in insolation for that one.
A2 Eng Lang 4 (1 hr 30 mins)
A2 Eng Lang 5B (1 hr 30 mins)
A2 Foreign Lang 2 (3 hrs)
Also, why are certain AS/A2 foreign languages like French and German split into normal 3 unit short exams of an hour or so, whereas other languages like the one I'm studying are in one big unit exam of 3 hours? Absurd.
I'm glad I don't have any other exams this week (thank God I did well on P2 in Jan so I don't have to resit it this Fri), or else I would've complained to Edexcel, after 6 hours of exams on one day. I seriously did not think I performed the best that I could, although it was quite okay, that day with so much pressure and so many things to remember all at once for one day.
94!!!!!! well done edexcel....you can count!!!!
The first time i had P1 in the morning, then 3 psychology exams in the afternoon.
The 2nd time i had S1 in the morning and 3 philosophy in the afternoon (i then had 3 economics the next day- i'v never been so exhausted)
none of these exams were edexcel (maths was OCR, the rest AQA), but when it comes to timetabling it's not actually the individual board- all boards have the same subjects at the same times (me + twin both did economics at the same time, but his was OCR) they just have them the same so people are less likely to get clashes.
I'm so glad i don't do any with edexcel- except key skills which they did screw up, but i couldn't care less.
This would be okay if they had marked it up, but as it goes ,we have all gone down at least a mark, which brings our first year marks DOWN :-(
I dont need these results for university but a lot of my friends do and they have not got in to there first choices because of this, if ed excel cant do there job properly then why should they still be allowed to continue marking exams? i agree that ed excel need to be closed down!
I expected 95 - 100 on all my maths modules this year. Ended up with low 70's. *sigh* the silly thing is I'll never know if it's because I messed the exams up or because they messed up the marking. Considering its edexcel (or edexhell as the new trend goes), it seems possible. I've been crying bout my maths result, and if its really them at fault.... they've messed up my whole holiday and the next year for me because my parents have put me on a 6-hours-a-day maths routine
close down edexcel i say!
must we go so in dept for ordinary level biology?
Why do you mark so hard?