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    To be honest if you want something to be pissed about, why not get pissed that students doing Highers and IB will have access to clearing places before A-Level students ?
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    (Original post by ttx)
    To be honest if you want something to be pissed about, why not get pissed that students doing Highers and IB will have access to clearing places before A-Level students ?
    actually we dont. :moon:

    we get decisions 20th august same as you lot.
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    (Original post by inksplodge)
    Right, there's no need to act all high and mighty :rolleyes:
    :ditto:

    Also - I guess there's just a ******** less papers to mark, although I dunno how many more students take A-levels compared to the IB.

    Maybe the IBO is just a lot more efficient and demanding with marking deadlines, though. I mean, students have to get six subjects marked, on top of a philosophy essay and an extended essay, so being able to mark that by early July compared to August is pretty impressive IMO...
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    Think about it positively.. we get our results a week before GCSE students
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    (Original post by A Stranger in Moscow)
    All AS level students finished by 2nd June, most that I know by 28th. Last proper A levels were like the 17th/18/19thish. That means the AS students finished a week after you and then have to wait 2 months and 20 days, and A2 students have to wait 2 months. That's still longer than you.

    I mean, I don't really care that you get yours earlier, because it's international and so doesn't really come under the same umbrella, and it's definitely not "unfair", but I don't think "we finished earlier" is a valid rebuttal of the OPs post.

    My last AS was 11th

    I wish they could just send them as soon as they are ready so just like send maths n similar subjects first, n then like english n the harder to mark subjects! but i only say that because i take maths n not english!
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    Different qualification is different. Amazing.
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    If anyone is interested, I've emailed QCA and asked them if it would be possible to send me a brief overview of that marking process for A-Levels.

    If it's like GCSEs, though, my English teacher (for GCSE) told me that GCSEs have to go through several tiers. Like, the examination of papers will be done. And then a selection of marked papers from each examiner has to go to an examination examiner who will check the quality of marking. And then a selection will go to the chief examiner. Or something. Which sounds ridiculous, but when you think about it, it makes sense. I'd rather wait ages and be more confident than mistakes don't happen (not to say it's foolproof, but yeah) than to think that getting a C was absolutely not my fault (even though it probably was :P).
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    Oh, and you have to take into consideration (someone else might know) that as it is a multi-board qualification, they have a set date taking into account all boards, to make sure they get their marking and administration done for a specific date.
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    (Original post by Simplicity)
    Didn't they get them like a week ago?

    Its unfair as A level students have to wait a extra month. How long does it take to mark exam papers? Its not that hard. All you have to do is look at the anwser sheet.

    I just don't undestand why IB students get it before. Do they mark papers quicker abroad or something?
    Marking one exam paper is not that hard.

    The organisation behind the marking of quite a few million exam papers; now that's somewhat more challenging.

    Far fewer students take IB, so there are less papers to mark and it's a smaller operation, and thus takes less time to complete.
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    (Original post by HiBear)
    actually we dont. :moon:

    we get decisions 20th august same as you lot.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/8142330.stm
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    Well, the EB got its results out even earlier than the IB. Though admittedly even fewer students do actually do the EB...
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    (Original post by ParadigmShift)
    Well, the EB got its results out even earlier than the IB. Though admittedly even fewer students do actually do the EB...
    The EB? Whats that? Only thing I can think of with the initials EB is the English Bacalareaute (however you spell it) but as that as A-Levels as its main component that can't be that.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    The EB? Whats that? Only thing I can think of with the initials EB is the English Bacalareaute (however you spell it) but as that as A-Levels as its main component that can't be that.
    The EB is the European Baccalaureate ... and tbh I don't think there are that many more people doing A-Levels than the IB. The IBO sets a deadline of max 2weeks that each examiner gets to mark the essays.. and they each get about 150 essays to mark so I think its really impressive that the IBO gets our results in time! But yeah this is a rather pointless thread, its not unfair, we only find out if we got in to our unis earlier, there's no priority at all when it comes to courses. Those who miss their offer slightly will find out after A-Levels come out whether they get in or not...
    and if you're still going to complain, remember you guys have three subjects to study, and we have six subjects plus a 4000 word extended essay and a 1500 word TOK essay.
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    (Original post by LottanPottan)
    The EB is the European Baccalaureate ... and tbh I don't think there are that many fewer people doing A-Levels than the IB. The IBO sets a deadline of max 2weeks that each examiner gets to mark the essays.. and they each get about 150 essays to mark so I think its really impressive that the IBO gets our results in time! But yeah this is a rather pointless thread, its not unfair, we only find out if we got in to our unis earlier, there's no priority at all when it comes to courses. Those who miss their offer slightly will find out after A-Levels come out whether they get in or not...
    and if you're still going to complain, remember you guys have three subjects to study, and we have six subjects plus a 4000 word extended essay and a 1500 word TOK essay.
    I wasn't complaining, merley asking what the EB was. How does the EB differ from the IB?
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    (Original post by A Stranger in Moscow)
    All AS level students finished by 2nd June, most that I know by 28th. Last proper A levels were like the 17th/18/19thish. That means the AS students finished a week after you and then have to wait 2 months and 20 days, and A2 students have to wait 2 months. That's still longer than you.

    I mean, I don't really care that you get yours earlier, because it's international and so doesn't really come under the same umbrella, and it's definitely not "unfair", but I don't think "we finished earlier" is a valid rebuttal of the OPs post.
    I'm an AS student and I didn't finish until the 15th - I still had 4 exams after the 2nd June.
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    (Original post by jelly1000)
    I wasn't complaining, merley asking what the EB was. How does the EB differ from the IB?
    I know, only the first part of my post was your answer haha sorry!

    First of all, EB is taken by students who go to the European schools (most of their parents work for the EU), while the IB is mostly taken by students who go to International School.
    The IB is marked out of a max grade of 45, while the EB is marked as a percentage of 100. For the IB, each subject is marked out of a grade 1-7, and then you can get up to 3 extra points for the combined grades of your TOK Essay and Extended Essay.
    75-80% of an IB:ers final science/humanities/math/arts grade is from the exam taken in May, and 20-25% is from an Internal assesment (project) while for languages the exam taken in May is worth 50% and the orals and written internal assessments are worth 50%. For EB:ers, their grading works like this:
    15% coursework from 7th year (last year of EB)
    25% exams in January
    24% Oral exams in June
    36% Written exams in June

    For the IB you take 6 subjects, plus write a 4000 word Extended Essay and a 1500 word TOK (its like philosophy) essay. For the EB you take 11 subjects.

    Both the EB and the IB comprise of many compulsory subjects.
    The EB comprises of the following compulsory subjects: a foreign language, a science, mathematics, philosophy, gym, history and geography (these are taught in the students' first foreign language, i.e. English, German or French).
    The IB comprises of the following compulsory subjects: at least 1 foreign language, English, at least 1 science, at least 1 humanities subject (geography, history, ITGS, B&M, Economics, Philosophy or Phsycology), and math. Optional subjects include art, theatre and music. In total you need to have 6 subjects.

    For the IB we have to take at least 3 subjects at Higher Level (HL) and 3 subjects at Standard Level (SL). The higher level subjects are usually graded harder have more exams because if you study a subject at a higher level you are expected to have further knowledge of the subject than if you were at standard level. There are therefore more teaching hours for a HL subject than a SL subject.

    ok a long post sorry but hope you have further understanding of what the difference between the two are now
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    You won't care this time next year, believe me.
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    (Original post by Vikki =])
    I'm an AS student and I didn't finish until the 15th - I still had 4 exams after the 2nd June.
    Do you do Maths though? I think some Maths exams were later because some of them count as A2?
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    get a life
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    lol i applied through clearing so i know it from first hand experience.

    they told me that yeah sure i can apply now. but basically i have to wait until 20th august because "clearing starts then"

    :facepalm:
 
 
 

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