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I think they are since im utterly pathetic and i passed.:oops: On a serious note the exams i took this year were soooo easy it was untrue, if i paid full attention to my work i could of got BBB e… Read More
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
I think they are since im utterly pathetic and i passed.:oops:

On a serious note the exams i took this year were soooo easy it was untrue, if i paid full attention to my work i could of got BBB easy i think.

for some exams i just needed to revise 3-4 past paster for the same exam unit as the questions were more or less the same.

what do you guys think?
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
mine were bliddy hard at as got ccde
c for eng lang
c for law
d for economics
e for maths- maths is a different language at as!
my excuse is i like to think i choose 'hard' subjects :)

EDIT: but on gov stats i got 100% pass rate! yes e counts as a pass :w00t:
#2
ICT B
Business studides C C

if i wasent such a badass, i think i could of gotten BBB
#3
I don't think they are getting easier. If you look at past papers going back 5-10 years they are more or less the same.
#4
They're getting a lot easier me thinks, Same as GCSE's, I didn't bother at school at all, I was the class joker!, Frequently kicked out of class, I didn't do any coursework and with practical exams alone I got all D's, Apparently If I did around half of the coursework i'd have got C's/nearing to B's!
banned#5
i think ive srewed up my results :-( most unis want 3 b's at a level and ive got 2 c's and a d at AS level cant see that changing to 3 B's
#6
Obviously spelling isn't accounted for in English these days.

:roll:
#7
I'm starting AS-level after the holidays, depending on my GCSE results.

Taking AS Applied ICT, AS Business, AS Law then if I've failed GCSE maths *embarassed* I'll retake that, but if not, it'll be AS English Language.

Can anyone give me any advice before I finally opt into these options? Unless I've failed, then I start work full time with the DWP :(
#8
I think there is more will power to do better these days because of the wider range of opportunities but lets say around 30 years ago there wasn't a great selection for college students.
banned#9
jamesterror
I'm starting AS-level after the holidays, depending on my GCSE results.

Taking AS Applied ICT, AS Business, AS Law then if I've failed GCSE maths *embarassed* I'll retake that, but if not, it'll be AS English Language.

Can anyone give me any advice before I finally opt into these options? Unless I've failed, then I start work full time with the DWP :(

basically be organised and a good choice not choosing maths at as :thumbsup:
#10
hothothot
basically be organised and a good choice not choosing maths at as :thumbsup:


Cheers. Working 16 hours alongside that will mean no social life also I presume?
banned#11
jamesterror
Cheers. Working 16 hours alongside that will mean no social life also I presume?

16 hours is probably too much, you have to weight up the advantages and disadvatages and decide whats best
#12
Inactive
Obviously spelling isn't accounted for in English these days.

:roll:


My spelling/grammar is appalling, I can't remember half of what I was taught, But I still managed to walk away with a D, Its scary stuff.

I do look back and think "I wish i'd paid attention", But there you go! :roll:
#13
hothothot
16 hours is probably too much, you have to weight up the advantages and disadvatages and decide whats best


Well I'll have to try and knock it down to 12hours a week or double up on weekends. Will see what college say, they recommended 10hours a week but I barely sleep 6hours a night.
#14
At harvie316: You're saying that A levels are getting easier but BCC isn't exactly great especially in the combination of subjects that you took.
banned#15
Inactive
Obviously spelling isn't accounted for in English these days.

:roll:

accuze me, i hav a c in eng lang fank u very munch
#16
i cant see how people who have done their exams say A Level be asked if the A level exams were getting easier, its not like they have done em before.

I have to say that maths is the possibly easiest out of others to revise for, no long winded answers and if you know how to do certain questions your sorted. So past paper revision is all that ir pretty much required, most of them will take the same format with only the numbers changed, until you reach the more mark questions.
#17
jamesterror
Cheers. Working 16 hours alongside that will mean no social life also I presume?


What exactly do you mean you work 16 hours. Is this 16 hours schoolwork at home or is this for a job. If it is schoolwork it seems far too excessive.
banned#18
mug51
i cant see how people who have done their exams say A Level be asked if the A level exams were getting easier, its not like they have done em before.

I have to say that maths is the possibly easiest out of others to revise for, no long winded answers and if you know how to do certain questions your sorted. So past paper revision is all that ir pretty much required, most of them will take the same format with only the numbers changed, until you reach the more mark questions.

maths is not easy, i know alot of people who did bad at it from a number of colleges

EDIT: we were recomended to do 5 hours of college work a night

at as level 50% is a D whereas 50% in maths at GCSE would be a B
#19
hothothot
accuze me, i hav a c in eng lang fank u very munch



:-D :-D
#20
monkeyboy
What exactly do you mean you work 16 hours. Is this 16 hours schoolwork at home or is this for a job. If it is schoolwork it seems far too excessive.


job mate
#21
hothothot
maths is not easy, i know alot of people who did bad at it from a number of colleges

EDIT: we were recomended to do 5 hours of college work a night

here we go, anyone for maths! http://www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gceasa/qp-ms/AQA-MPC1-W-QP-JUN06.PDF thats the easy paper but it has a few questions missing, at as level 50% is a D whereas 50% in maths at GCSE would be a B


sorry wasnt implying maths was easy, just revision is easier compared to others.
For me business studies revision was difficult for my final 2 exams, and it showed as i received a U for both and resulted in an overall D grade (3 off C as a consolation), but maths revision was easier.
#22
oh and to reply to the question, exams take the same structure as the previous papers, so they are not easier they are the relatively the same, the only difference is students have more resources to revise from ie. an extra years exam paper
#23
monkeyboy
At harvie316: You're saying that A levels are getting easier but BCC isn't exactly great especially in the combination of subjects that you took.


its above average BCC, and what i said eariler if i botherd putting more effort i could of got 3 BBB no sweat, but like a lot of people my age I was lazy.


Either the next gen are getting cleverer or exams are getting easier.
#24
They arnt getting easier just the examiners are becoming more lenient

Yeh i didnt revise but i got 3 U an 1 D in my As levels and im pretty smart but then my friend is a bit mental and got 3 B's so grades show jack
#25
Originally Posted by Inactive
Obviously spelling isn't accounted for in English these days.



Umm this is online - a place where we dont have to comform to society and its stupid language rules if i dont want to use capitals for my i's i dont have to -- ppl still understand me --------just about :D
#26
dandoc2
Umm this is online - a place where we dont have to comform to society and its stupid language rules if i dont want to use capitals for my i's i dont have to -- ppl still understand me --------just about :D



I never mentioned capitals, I said " spelling ", it is as easy to spell a word correctly as it is to spell it incorrectly.

I thought you said you were " pretty smart ", so that shouldn't be too difficult for you.;-)
#27
Thing is, you go to college to try and do well and pass the course. There's a lot of people who don't go to college.

They say 25% of A level students got As... but what percentage is that of all 18 year olds? Probably half that amount or less...
#28
I think it depends on the subjects.

grades are getting better, but more people are choosing the easier subjects rather than science or maths etc.

I think it is the way that we are taught. Teachers used to teach so that the student understood the subject, now we are just taught to pass exams.
#29
kelly_o_fanatic
I think it depends on the subjects.

grades are getting better, but more people are choosing the easier subjects rather than science or maths etc.

I think it is the way that we are taught. Teachers used to teach so that the student understood the subject, now we are just taught to pass exams.



Agreed, and that is reflected by potential employers, who are constantly complaining about achieved standards and the reality of the situation.
#30
I tried higher maths twice and both times we were basically taught "here is the standard formula, work out this list". I never understood it as much as Advanced Higher Computing and Tech Studies because the teachers taught properly.
#31
kelly_o_fanatic
I think it is the way that we are taught. Teachers used to teach so that the student understood the subject, now we are just taught to pass exams.


Spot on! :thumbsup:
#32
Today's A levels are no more difficult than the O levels that I took 25 years ago. A levels, when I was at school, were bloomin' difficult. Now they are a piece of ****.
#33
I think it's a sad reflection of the standards taught that nowadays A-level students seem to have to do another year at college to get up to speed to go on to university. In addition you have universities considering setting their own entry exams because they have problems with the A-Level results. In my day you went straight on to university after A-levels or took a year out for some experience of life.

Regarding GCSE's, I was helping my partner's daughter with her maths revision this year and was shocked at the level she had been taught to. If that was an indication at GCSE level I hate to think what the standard is at A-level. It all has a knock on effect:-(
banned#34
Mark Hancock
I think it's a sad reflection of the standards taught that nowadays A-level students seem to have to do another year at college to get up to speed to go on to university. In addition you have universities considering setting their own entry exams because they have problems with the A-Level results. In my day you went straight on to university after A-levels or took a year out for some experience of life.

Regarding GCSE's, I was helping my partner's daughter with her maths revision this year and was shocked at the level she had been taught to. If that was an indication at GCSE level I hate to think what the standard is at A-level. It all has a knock on effect:-(

I think GCSE maths was too easy 50% at gsce got me a B whereas 50% at as level get you a D, this is why i struggled i think.
#35
GCSE maths was pretty easy to get a decent grade at. When i did it, the higher paper was a*-b and to get a b you only needed about 46% which isnt too hard

its because of this that a lot of people find the jump from GCSE to AS maths quite difficult as getting a B would allow you to take AS maths no problem at colleges/schools and considering a student could get on by only getting 46%, that might cause them a problem at AS
banned#36
nipperkipper
GCSE maths was pretty easy to get a decent grade at. When i did it, the higher paper was a*-b and to get a b you only needed about 46% which isnt too hard

its because of this that a lot of people find the jump from GCSE to AS maths quite difficult as getting a B would allow you to take AS maths no problem at colleges/schools and considering a student could get on by only getting 46%, that might cause them a problem at AS

thats been exactly my problem :thumbsup:
#37
Just try to make sure you know your higher end GSCE stuff beacuse without a solid base AS maths can be troublesome and teachers assume you know GCSE inside out

Also understanding some topics is essential such as differentiation and integration and simply learning just to pass the exam may not work
#38
A level and GCSE level maths are completely different subjects - around two-thirds of A level maths is based solely on calculus, whereas a very minimal amount of GCSE maths is. This reflects the fact that the study of calculus is a necessary skill for science and engineering based subjects at degree level, which is one of the key reasons to take maths at A level.
#39
At the moment i'm taking maths, physics, chemistry and business. Business is the easiest subject i take, it is breath takingly easy to say the least. For my AS exams i did 2 days revision for business and got an overall B. Chemistry would have to be the hardest subject i take as i did 2 months revision for this and got a B. Maths is relativly easy for me as long as i get lots of practice in for it, otherwise i end up forgetting it.

From past exam papers exams are definatly getting easier, but my teachers have told me that that is because people are now taking more a-levels so they had to make them easier.
#40
Scribbles
Today's A levels are no more difficult than the O levels that I took 25 years ago. A levels, when I was at school, were bloomin' difficult. Now they are a piece of ****.

How do you know they are easy have you taken the exams and had them marked ?

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