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    Say, you do GCSE English with OCR, and GCSE English with AQA, would they be different exams, or just a different supplier?

    *Is scottish* We only have one exam board up here :woo:
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    So?
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    Completely different exams, usually slightly differing syllabuses.
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    (Original post by AugustWestie)
    Completely different exams, usually slightly differing syllabuses.
    Always different specifications and the differences can be substantial.
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    Isn't that a bit of a hassle for past papers and stuff?
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    (Original post by LuhLah)
    Isn't that a bit of a hassle for past papers and stuff?
    You only do one board per subject (for GCSE, I did AQA (route A) English, others may have done OCR English or Edexcel English; I did Edexcel Maths, others did AQA Maths or OCR Maths).

    It's a completely unconstrained choice between the exam boards (except where only one board or some of the boards offers the subject, e.g. only OCR do Latin, only Edexcel do Chinese, only AQA do Archaeology). It's generally up to the school to choose.

    As for past papers, the exams vary between the boards, but all the boards now provide past papers, and teachers and schools buy them anyway. We generally stick to the past papers from one board, which is no different to SG's or Highers. But with the plethora of different exams it can be possible to gain extra exam practice from different boards' exams (though it's easier to do trans-board exam practice with subjects like Maths and the sciences than with English or History).
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    (Original post by michaelyus)
    You only do one board per subject (for GCSE, I did AQA (route A) English, others may have done OCR English or Edexcel English; I did Edexcel Maths, others did AQA Maths or OCR Maths).

    It's a completely unconstrained choice between the exam boards (except where only one board or some of the boards offers the subject, e.g. only OCR do Latin, only Edexcel do Chinese, only AQA do Archaeology). It's generally up to the school to choose.

    As for past papers, the exams vary between the boards, but all the boards now provide past papers, and teachers and schools buy them anyway. We generally stick to the past papers from one board, which is no different to SG's or Highers. But with the plethora of different exams it can be possible to gain extra exam practice from different boards' exams (though it's easier to do trans-board exam practice with subjects like Maths and the sciences than with English or History).
    Ah right, ta
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    yeah different boards = different exam papers and sometimes even a different type of question. E.g. some exam boards may do longer writing questions whilst others have a mixture of short and long depending on the subject and exam board. Also, the number of papers to be taken per subject could vary between subjects and the length of the exam may change depending on exam board too.

    The specification is very similar but there will be some differences.
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    Completely different exams and content, although it varies between the subjects e.g. they're all pretty similar for Maths, but some of the science specifications are completely different across the boards
 
 
 
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