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Edexcel maths - nobody can get an A/A* even if 90% ++ attained in exam Watch

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    My maths teacher said that all the teachers at our school, including himself atttended a conference from the Edexcel exam board where they were explicitly told that students could no longer achieve A's or A*'s in their gcse maths (with edexcel) if they did not get all of the C/D grade questions right, even if they achieved 80%/90% (whatever the boundaries are for an A/A*) in the exam papers.

    This was apparently because too many colleges were complaining that students did not know the basics (C/D grade work). A fellow member of my class asked what if you get one C/D grade question wrong, or if you make a silly mistake can you still not get an A/A*, and to this, my teacher replied that it shouldnt really matter and this may be overlooked.

    For some reason, I didnt really believe him, but then again, I dont think he would say that just to scare us for whatever reason.

    Has anybody else been told this? Im quite worried because although i felt the maths exam went really well, I feel as though i may have made some mistakes in the papers (possibly in the C/D grade questions)

    Is this true?
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    Erm, I have no idea if that's true... But if it's true, it's a horrendous idea.
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    (Original post by Jonty99)
    Erm, I have no idea if that's true... But if it's true, it's a horrendous idea.

    yeh i feel the same way
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    I seriously doubt that's true - how on earth would they sort it out? Relax - examiners have enough work to do without creating extra for themselves by making the grading complicated. Makes much more sense to have an x% grade boundary.
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    I don't think that is true. Do a quick google search.
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    i remember being really skeptical about it when he told us... but he seemed almost offended that i doubted what he told us.
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    Probably not true. Looking back I can remember so many myths teachers made up during GCSE's and a few at A-level which have simply not turned out to be true, and are only there to scare you into revising. That said, it seems to work at the time so no harm done really.
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    (Original post by Phobia27)
    Probably not true. Looking back I can remember so many myths teachers made up during GCSE's and a few at A-level which have simply not turned out to be true, and are only there to scare you into revising. That said, it seems to work at the time so no harm done really.

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    :lolwut:

    I hope not, but tbh that doesn't really sound like it can be true.
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    (Original post by sundance_kid)
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    I hope not, but tbh that doesn't really sound like it can be true.

    yeh it doesnt really make sense as to how they would organise/award grades if the fact of how many C/D grade questions you got wrong was considered.

    he said even if you get all the A/A* questions right and some C/D ones wrong you couldnt get an overall grade of an A/A*
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    (Original post by aishams)
    My maths teacher said that all the teachers at our school, including himself atttended a conference from the Edexcel exam board where they were explicitly told that students could no longer achieve A's or A*'s in their gcse maths (with edexcel) if they did not get all of the C/D grade questions right, even if they achieved 80%/90% (whatever the boundaries are for an A/A*) in the exam papers.

    This was apparently because too many colleges were complaining that students did not know the basics (C/D grade work). A fellow member of my class asked what if you get one C/D grade question wrong, or if you make a silly mistake can you still not get an A/A*, and to this, my teacher replied that it shouldnt really matter and this may be overlooked.

    For some reason, I didnt really believe him, but then again, I dont think he would say that just to scare us for whatever reason.

    Has anybody else been told this? Im quite worried because although i felt the maths exam went really well, I feel as though i may have made some mistakes in the papers (possibly in the C/D grade questions)

    Is this true?
    probably talking bull - where is his source
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    (Original post by Jack Sparrow)
    I don't think that is true. Do a quick google search.

    i cant seem to find any info about it on google, hopefully it means he made up a load of bull****
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    (Original post by aishams)
    yeh it doesnt really make sense as to how they would organise/award grades if the fact of how many C/D grade questions you got wrong was considered.

    he said even if you get all the A/A* questions right and some C/D ones wrong you couldnt get an overall grade of an A/A*
    Lol! How on earth WOULD you get an A or A* then?
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    (Original post by billykwok)
    probably talking bull - where is his source

    oh just what i posted, i know but if i stood up in class and asked for his source i dont think it would have been a good idea, taking into account he didnt appreciate my outspoken skepticism :yes:
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    If you're on track for an A* then you have no excuse for getting C/D questions wrong in the first place, so why worry?
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    (Original post by Jonty99)
    Lol! How on earth WOULD you get an A or A* then?

    Y'know, it's probably a load of bull.
    Don't they just base it on percentages?
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    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    If you're on track for an A* then you have no excuse for getting C/D questions wrong in the first place, so why worry?

    1) just because you know how to answer A/A* questions it doesnt mean you cant slip on a C/D grade question

    2) people make mistakes
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    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    If you're on track for an A* then you have no excuse for getting C/D questions wrong in the first place, so why worry?

    Come on lol. Everyone (most people) makes silly mistakes.
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    I thought in order to get A/A* in the first place, you have to get most of the C/D questions right to begin with...
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    (Original post by Jessikar)
    I thought in order to get A/A* in the first place, you have to get most of the C/D questions right to begin with...
    i thought it was just a set number of marks/percentage you needed regardless of which questions you got right or wrong. but yeh you would probably need to get most of the C/D questions right in order to get a certain percentage in the whole paper for an A/A*
 
 
 
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