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I can't stop crying over how bad my paper 3 chemistry exam went...

So today I had my last A-level exam, OCR A chemistry paper 3. I thought that after my last a level, I was going to be so happy and relieved, yet today is genuinely one of the worst days of my life and I can't stop crying and breaking down every time I think about how horrible and how badly my exam went today.My firm is pharmacy at Manchester university and the entry requirements are ABB with an A in chemistry. I think I will get around a B in both biology and history (no way I'm getting an A in either though), and I thought I would manage to get an A in chemistry until today. My paper 1 exam went really well and using the unofficial mark scheme I think I got around 73-74 which would be right around the boundary for an A. My paper 2 exam went even better and I think I got around 77-80, also around the boundary for an A for that paper. I was extremely confident and only did one past paper the day before my paper 3 exam (which I didn't even manage to finish in 1hr30) and so I was very ill prepared and I know its all my fault and I can't believe I was this stupid.So today, I get to the exam and I immediately see the 6 markers be on the only topics I did not revise for in a while (I completely forgot how to make a standard solution and probably got maximum two marks for that question). I completely messed up ALL of the mathsy questions due to panic (I got 93 for the amount of water when it was meant to be 2??), I ran out of so much time and missed out probably 10 marks worth of questions, I answered most questions completely wrong because I was panicking so much in the exam and trying not to cry even though looking back I could have definitely answered it correctly, and when I came out the exam everyone was saying it went well and the answers that everyone got I didn't get at all. I would be lucky getting even 30 marks in that paper and I'm tearing up even thinking about it. There is absolutely no way I'm getting an A and getting into Manchester which is my dream university.I feel like such a disappointment to my parents and to myself. I got amazing GCSE's getting pretty much all 9s and have decent predicted grades of A*AA yet I would be lucky to get BBB and will probably realistically get BBC due to shear laziness and panicking during exams and I won't even get into my insurance.I genuinely cannot stop overthinking about how this exam went and crying to the point where my voice is gone. I genuinely don't know what to do to stop stressing about the exam. I'm dreading results day where everyone will find out I'm a failure. Being smart was the only thing going for me and now I'm not even that. I don't know what to do.
Original post by Yaz300
So today I had my last A-level exam, OCR A chemistry paper 3. I thought that after my last a level, I was going to be so happy and relieved, yet today is genuinely one of the worst days of my life and I can't stop crying and breaking down every time I think about how horrible and how badly my exam went today.My firm is pharmacy at Manchester university and the entry requirements are ABB with an A in chemistry. I think I will get around a B in both biology and history (no way I'm getting an A in either though), and I thought I would manage to get an A in chemistry until today. My paper 1 exam went really well and using the unofficial mark scheme I think I got around 73-74 which would be right around the boundary for an A. My paper 2 exam went even better and I think I got around 77-80, also around the boundary for an A for that paper. I was extremely confident and only did one past paper the day before my paper 3 exam (which I didn't even manage to finish in 1hr30) and so I was very ill prepared and I know its all my fault and I can't believe I was this stupid.So today, I get to the exam and I immediately see the 6 markers be on the only topics I did not revise for in a while (I completely forgot how to make a standard solution and probably got maximum two marks for that question). I completely messed up ALL of the mathsy questions due to panic (I got 93 for the amount of water when it was meant to be 2??), I ran out of so much time and missed out probably 10 marks worth of questions, I answered most questions completely wrong because I was panicking so much in the exam and trying not to cry even though looking back I could have definitely answered it correctly, and when I came out the exam everyone was saying it went well and the answers that everyone got I didn't get at all. I would be lucky getting even 30 marks in that paper and I'm tearing up even thinking about it. There is absolutely no way I'm getting an A and getting into Manchester which is my dream university.I feel like such a disappointment to my parents and to myself. I got amazing GCSE's getting pretty much all 9s and have decent predicted grades of A*AA yet I would be lucky to get BBB and will probably realistically get BBC due to shear laziness and panicking during exams and I won't even get into my insurance.I genuinely cannot stop overthinking about how this exam went and crying to the point where my voice is gone. I genuinely don't know what to do to stop stressing about the exam. I'm dreading results day where everyone will find out I'm a failure. Being smart was the only thing going for me and now I'm not even that. I don't know what to do.

You wait. That's what you do. Most people underestimate their final marks.
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Hi, I also did OCR A chemistry and the third paper was awful! I'm in the same position with not finishing the exam in time despite knowing the questions so I've missed out 10marks plus with the other questions incredibly rushed they were not done well at all and I hated the questions! Its definitely cost me a grade or 2 because I messed up the paper so bad and my paper 1 wasn't too good. I've heard lots of people have had difficulties with timings and didn't finish so it wouldn't be unlikely if the grade boundaries were lowered because of this. I know it feels awful but what are the grades for your insurance choice because you might be able to go there? Alternatively there is always clearing and if not you can always reapply the next year for a course with lower entry requirements. There are always choices and I had a very brief look online but some universities offer foundation pharmacy courses as well so if you really want to do pharmacy you can still go! At the end of the day we can't know the grade boundaries until results day and you never know what you might get. I hope it all works out for you though and you get that A!
Original post by Yaz300
So today I had my last A-level exam, OCR A chemistry paper 3. I thought that after my last a level, I was going to be so happy and relieved, yet today is genuinely one of the worst days of my life and I can't stop crying and breaking down every time I think about how horrible and how badly my exam went today.My firm is pharmacy at Manchester university and the entry requirements are ABB with an A in chemistry. I think I will get around a B in both biology and history (no way I'm getting an A in either though), and I thought I would manage to get an A in chemistry until today. My paper 1 exam went really well and using the unofficial mark scheme I think I got around 73-74 which would be right around the boundary for an A. My paper 2 exam went even better and I think I got around 77-80, also around the boundary for an A for that paper. I was extremely confident and only did one past paper the day before my paper 3 exam (which I didn't even manage to finish in 1hr30) and so I was very ill prepared and I know its all my fault and I can't believe I was this stupid.So today, I get to the exam and I immediately see the 6 markers be on the only topics I did not revise for in a while (I completely forgot how to make a standard solution and probably got maximum two marks for that question). I completely messed up ALL of the mathsy questions due to panic (I got 93 for the amount of water when it was meant to be 2??), I ran out of so much time and missed out probably 10 marks worth of questions, I answered most questions completely wrong because I was panicking so much in the exam and trying not to cry even though looking back I could have definitely answered it correctly, and when I came out the exam everyone was saying it went well and the answers that everyone got I didn't get at all. I would be lucky getting even 30 marks in that paper and I'm tearing up even thinking about it. There is absolutely no way I'm getting an A and getting into Manchester which is my dream university.I feel like such a disappointment to my parents and to myself. I got amazing GCSE's getting pretty much all 9s and have decent predicted grades of A*AA yet I would be lucky to get BBB and will probably realistically get BBC due to shear laziness and panicking during exams and I won't even get into my insurance.I genuinely cannot stop overthinking about how this exam went and crying to the point where my voice is gone. I genuinely don't know what to do to stop stressing about the exam. I'm dreading results day where everyone will find out I'm a failure. Being smart was the only thing going for me and now I'm not even that. I don't know what to do.

First of all your not a failiure, everyone has set backs in life be it exams or otherwise. And im pretty sure you are smart.
My daughter went through this in year 2 of her degree and shes bounced back from a low 2:2. It doesnt make her any less smart, just more resiliant and determined to get there in the end. Shes just finished her year 4 and is also a waiting game for Manchester for her phd.
Should things not go as planned with that paper 3 of yours, you will find a way to get through it. You can either re take the paper and take a gap year. For anyone they should be looking at clearing options just as a back up plan.
Original post by Yaz300
So today I had my last A-level exam, OCR A chemistry paper 3. I thought that after my last a level, I was going to be so happy and relieved, yet today is genuinely one of the worst days of my life and I can't stop crying and breaking down every time I think about how horrible and how badly my exam went today.My firm is pharmacy at Manchester university and the entry requirements are ABB with an A in chemistry. I think I will get around a B in both biology and history (no way I'm getting an A in either though), and I thought I would manage to get an A in chemistry until today. My paper 1 exam went really well and using the unofficial mark scheme I think I got around 73-74 which would be right around the boundary for an A. My paper 2 exam went even better and I think I got around 77-80, also around the boundary for an A for that paper. I was extremely confident and only did one past paper the day before my paper 3 exam (which I didn't even manage to finish in 1hr30) and so I was very ill prepared and I know its all my fault and I can't believe I was this stupid.So today, I get to the exam and I immediately see the 6 markers be on the only topics I did not revise for in a while (I completely forgot how to make a standard solution and probably got maximum two marks for that question). I completely messed up ALL of the mathsy questions due to panic (I got 93 for the amount of water when it was meant to be 2??), I ran out of so much time and missed out probably 10 marks worth of questions, I answered most questions completely wrong because I was panicking so much in the exam and trying not to cry even though looking back I could have definitely answered it correctly, and when I came out the exam everyone was saying it went well and the answers that everyone got I didn't get at all. I would be lucky getting even 30 marks in that paper and I'm tearing up even thinking about it. There is absolutely no way I'm getting an A and getting into Manchester which is my dream university.I feel like such a disappointment to my parents and to myself. I got amazing GCSE's getting pretty much all 9s and have decent predicted grades of A*AA yet I would be lucky to get BBB and will probably realistically get BBC due to shear laziness and panicking during exams and I won't even get into my insurance.I genuinely cannot stop overthinking about how this exam went and crying to the point where my voice is gone. I genuinely don't know what to do to stop stressing about the exam. I'm dreading results day where everyone will find out I'm a failure. Being smart was the only thing going for me and now I'm not even that. I don't know what to do.


Do not worry! it’s weird I didn’t feel anxious about my exams until yesterday evening and today. You haven’t got anything to prove to your parents, just make yourself proud, and by the sounds of it you should be really proud of yourself. Go and celebrate and take a deserved break, because that paper 3 was horrendous for everyone. I’m sure your paper one and two will out weigh that paper 3. Have a nice summer!
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Original post by Yaz300
So today I had my last A-level exam, OCR A chemistry paper 3. I thought that after my last a level, I was going to be so happy and relieved, yet today is genuinely one of the worst days of my life and I can't stop crying and breaking down every time I think about how horrible and how badly my exam went today.My firm is pharmacy at Manchester university and the entry requirements are ABB with an A in chemistry. I think I will get around a B in both biology and history (no way I'm getting an A in either though), and I thought I would manage to get an A in chemistry until today. My paper 1 exam went really well and using the unofficial mark scheme I think I got around 73-74 which would be right around the boundary for an A. My paper 2 exam went even better and I think I got around 77-80, also around the boundary for an A for that paper. I was extremely confident and only did one past paper the day before my paper 3 exam (which I didn't even manage to finish in 1hr30) and so I was very ill prepared and I know its all my fault and I can't believe I was this stupid.So today, I get to the exam and I immediately see the 6 markers be on the only topics I did not revise for in a while (I completely forgot how to make a standard solution and probably got maximum two marks for that question). I completely messed up ALL of the mathsy questions due to panic (I got 93 for the amount of water when it was meant to be 2??), I ran out of so much time and missed out probably 10 marks worth of questions, I answered most questions completely wrong because I was panicking so much in the exam and trying not to cry even though looking back I could have definitely answered it correctly, and when I came out the exam everyone was saying it went well and the answers that everyone got I didn't get at all. I would be lucky getting even 30 marks in that paper and I'm tearing up even thinking about it. There is absolutely no way I'm getting an A and getting into Manchester which is my dream university.I feel like such a disappointment to my parents and to myself. I got amazing GCSE's getting pretty much all 9s and have decent predicted grades of A*AA yet I would be lucky to get BBB and will probably realistically get BBC due to shear laziness and panicking during exams and I won't even get into my insurance.I genuinely cannot stop overthinking about how this exam went and crying to the point where my voice is gone. I genuinely don't know what to do to stop stressing about the exam. I'm dreading results day where everyone will find out I'm a failure. Being smart was the only thing going for me and now I'm not even that. I don't know what to do.

Don't worry because from what you've counted for paper 1 and paper 2, it will most likely make up for your marks for paper 3. It was a tough paper. Your probably underestimating what you have got.
Take a deep breath. Worst case scenario: you flopped Paper 3 and that dragged you Chemistry grade to a B, so you have a BBB overall. That’s unfortunate, but by no means disastrous. Many unis have BBB requirements for Pharmacy (for example, Brighton which I’ve chosen as my insurance). Even if Manchester does reject you, your insurance will very likely accept you, and if not you will be able to get a place through clearing. If Manchester does reject you but you’ve got your heart set on going, you can always take a gap year, resit Chemisty, and reapply with a higher grade
Original post by Yaz300
So today I had my last A-level exam, OCR A chemistry paper 3. I thought that after my last a level, I was going to be so happy and relieved, yet today is genuinely one of the worst days of my life and I can't stop crying and breaking down every time I think about how horrible and how badly my exam went today.My firm is pharmacy at Manchester university and the entry requirements are ABB with an A in chemistry. I think I will get around a B in both biology and history (no way I'm getting an A in either though), and I thought I would manage to get an A in chemistry until today. My paper 1 exam went really well and using the unofficial mark scheme I think I got around 73-74 which would be right around the boundary for an A. My paper 2 exam went even better and I think I got around 77-80, also around the boundary for an A for that paper. I was extremely confident and only did one past paper the day before my paper 3 exam (which I didn't even manage to finish in 1hr30) and so I was very ill prepared and I know its all my fault and I can't believe I was this stupid.So today, I get to the exam and I immediately see the 6 markers be on the only topics I did not revise for in a while (I completely forgot how to make a standard solution and probably got maximum two marks for that question). I completely messed up ALL of the mathsy questions due to panic (I got 93 for the amount of water when it was meant to be 2??), I ran out of so much time and missed out probably 10 marks worth of questions, I answered most questions completely wrong because I was panicking so much in the exam and trying not to cry even though looking back I could have definitely answered it correctly, and when I came out the exam everyone was saying it went well and the answers that everyone got I didn't get at all. I would be lucky getting even 30 marks in that paper and I'm tearing up even thinking about it. There is absolutely no way I'm getting an A and getting into Manchester which is my dream university.I feel like such a disappointment to my parents and to myself. I got amazing GCSE's getting pretty much all 9s and have decent predicted grades of A*AA yet I would be lucky to get BBB and will probably realistically get BBC due to shear laziness and panicking during exams and I won't even get into my insurance.I genuinely cannot stop overthinking about how this exam went and crying to the point where my voice is gone. I genuinely don't know what to do to stop stressing about the exam. I'm dreading results day where everyone will find out I'm a failure. Being smart was the only thing going for me and now I'm not even that. I don't know what to do.

Same. I thought it was terrible and I keep wandering around thinking of what could have been. Whole paper I was cooked. Left out 20 marks.
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Original post by Caitlinnn.
Hi, I also did OCR A chemistry and the third paper was awful! I'm in the same position with not finishing the exam in time despite knowing the questions so I've missed out 10marks plus with the other questions incredibly rushed they were not done well at all and I hated the questions! Its definitely cost me a grade or 2 because I messed up the paper so bad and my paper 1 wasn't too good. I've heard lots of people have had difficulties with timings and didn't finish so it wouldn't be unlikely if the grade boundaries were lowered because of this. I know it feels awful but what are the grades for your insurance choice because you might be able to go there? Alternatively there is always clearing and if not you can always reapply the next year for a course with lower entry requirements. There are always choices and I had a very brief look online but some universities offer foundation pharmacy courses as well so if you really want to do pharmacy you can still go! At the end of the day we can't know the grade boundaries until results day and you never know what you might get. I hope it all works out for you though and you get that A!

Thank you so much and I hope you also get the grade that you want!! However I really don't think I'm going to get an A as I counted up my marks on the unofficial mark scheme and I got 39-42 marks (better than I expected but still not good enough for an A. I counted up 74 and 77 and 42 and it adds up to 193 which is only 3 marks away from an A according to the 2019 grade boundaries which is so frustrating knowing that if I had just been given 5 minutes extra I would've gotten into uni. Oh well though!
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Original post by ageshallnot
You wait. That's what you do. Most people underestimate their final marks.

I used the unofficial mark scheme and unfortunately it looks like I didn't underestimate my grades :frown:
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Original post by Ghostlady
First of all your not a failiure, everyone has set backs in life be it exams or otherwise. And im pretty sure you are smart.
My daughter went through this in year 2 of her degree and shes bounced back from a low 2:2. It doesnt make her any less smart, just more resiliant and determined to get there in the end. Shes just finished her year 4 and is also a waiting game for Manchester for her phd.
Should things not go as planned with that paper 3 of yours, you will find a way to get through it. You can either re take the paper and take a gap year. For anyone they should be looking at clearing options just as a back up plan.

Thank you so much! Do you know how clearing works because I'm still not sure how it works and what to do
Original post by Yaz300
Thank you so much! Do you know how clearing works because I'm still not sure how it works and what to do

I know a little bit because of what happened with daughter last year. She went to reading got homesick after a week and wanted to come home. She asked me to ask if there was still any clearing options at Notts trent. I phoned them up and they said sure but its closing the following day. Anyhow, she decided to stick it out at Reading for a futher week, came home after clearing had shut, and will be at Notts trent this year after a gap year. She really thought she couldnt go through a gap year, but shes loving it. Shes earning money and travelling and shes definitely made the best decision.
From what Im aware you phone the uni to see if they accept you with the grades and if they do, they should take you through it on the phone. I know you need your ucas details as the offer still has to go through the portal I believe? But they will explain that im sure :smile:

Go to the Website What Uni, put in pharmacy and add your grades. Ive put in BBC and Lincoln comes up, which is a good uni, have been there on open day. Bath, another great uni, UClan, Reading, Brighton UEA, Notts trent is phamacology, plus lots of others. I just put in like if you had BBC, but Ive put in BBB and places like liverpool or Swansea and Bristol and Edinburgh (phamacology) Nottingham (phamcology) come up, so worth checking those out as they could drop to a BBC or less in clearing, so its worth checking those out as well.

If its Manchester city thats appealing there is a pharmaceutical science at Salford which is super close to the city. 104 - 112 UCAS points including Biology and Chemistry grade C.
Also please keep the faith, you never know. If lots of people are feeling the same way which ive seen some posts about this on TSR passing by on my home page, then your not alone. And ignore the people who came out of the exam saying it went well. A lot of people who gloat after the exam say it as a front to save face.
Original post by Yaz300
Thank you so much and I hope you also get the grade that you want!! However I really don't think I'm going to get an A as I counted up my marks on the unofficial mark scheme and I got 39-42 marks (better than I expected but still not good enough for an A. I counted up 74 and 77 and 42 and it adds up to 193 which is only 3 marks away from an A according to the 2019 grade boundaries which is so frustrating knowing that if I had just been given 5 minutes extra I would've gotten into uni. Oh well though!

Original post by Yaz300
I used the unofficial mark scheme and unfortunately it looks like I didn't underestimate my grades :frown:

Grades have not been determined yet. You have used 2019 boundaries to estimate, so you have a guess - not a guarantee. The unofficial mark scheme may be wrong, you may be awarded a mark where you thought you wouldn't and you may have misremembered exactly what you put.

Your best guess is 3 marks away from an A. So don't do yourself a disservice now by assuming an A is impossible.

You can't draw a conclusion at this point, we have results day for that :wink:
Grade boundaries are calculated based on the performance of the entire cohort, if everybody struggles - the boundaries go down.

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