Eight Radio 1 DJs took the Maths GCSE in June. They got their results today...

So, how did they do? I won't post a spoiler here in case you want to watch the video.

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made me laff hehe

The comment "I thought I did good" says it all

24% for a C!!!!!!

im going to re-take my gcses im old and wise enough to know to swat these days!!

to be honest if alot of people on here did the exams they would not do very well, not because there stupid or not clever enough, its just they most likely have forgot what they were taught in maths. Im sure if they had the same time to revise and lesson time as the children, they would get A's :).

One word..............Brilliant!

Looking at that grading scale is it any wonder that the pass rate gets higher and higher each year.

A* - 65%
A - 51%
B - 38%
C - 26%

When I sat my GCSE's, 65% would have been the equivalent of a B grade and 26% would have given you an F grade and definitely not a pass. I think the pass mark was around 45%.

Students nowadays should have no excuse for failing exams if the pass marks are so low.

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Looking at that grading scale is it any wonder that the pass rate gets … Looking at that grading scale is it any wonder that the pass rate gets higher and higher each year.A* - 65%A - 51%B - 38%C - 26%When I sat my CGSE's, 65% would have been the equivalent of a B grade and 26% would have given you an F grade and definitely not a pass. I think the pass mark was around 45%.Students nowadays should have no excuse for failing exams if the pass marks are so low.



Wow! I only took mine 9 years ago and it was about 50% for a C and 93%+ for an A* - I would have been laughing with those grade percentages!

What on earth are they playing at?

modoc;2796538

Looking at that grading scale is it any wonder that the pass rate gets … Looking at that grading scale is it any wonder that the pass rate gets higher and higher each year.A* - 65%A - 51%B - 38%C - 26%When I sat my CGSE's, 65% would have been the equivalent of a B grade and 26% would have given you an F grade and definitely not a pass. I think the pass mark was around 45%.Students nowadays should have no excuse for failing exams if the pass marks are so low.



You're no exactly scoring well today, the exams were GCSE's not CGSE's.:whistling:

The exam they took was for "higher level maths" which gives them an A-C grade or a fail, there is a another "normal standard maths" which is easier and gives grades down to "F" grade. So it is very dificult to compare your exams with the ones taken this year.

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You're no exactly scoring well today, the exams were GCSE's not … You're no exactly scoring well today, the exams were GCSE's not CGSE's.:whistling:The exam they took was for "higher level maths" which gives them an A-C grade or a fail, there is a another "normal standard maths" which is easier and gives grades down to "F" grade. So it is very dificult to compare your exams with the ones taken this year.



CGSE's... I don't know what you mean sorry :oops: :lol:

I understand what you are saying about the higher level etc, but surely 26% to obtain a pass is still a very low score regardless of the exam type or level.

i cant watch this at work would anybody mind writing down who got what?

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i cant watch this at work would anybody mind writing down who got what?



They all failed except for Carrie from the Breakfast show. She obtained a score of 28% and a grade C overall.

LOL thats funny

As a Maths teacher (someone has to be) of many years, I can say that the exams are certainly not any easier. It is clear that students are being better prepared by teachers now than ever before (certainly better than i was!) and as for the 26% C grade boundary, that is actually quite high - in the past, it has been known to be about 18%.

Furthermore, it should be about there - the material at C grade and higher is neccesarily difficult - if the grade boundary for higher were at 45/50%, very few students would achieve a C grade and make the exam worthless. Incidentally, 26% is about as high as it has ever been and as previously quoted, the foundation paper requires in excess of 60% for a C grade - quite right when this is the highest grade for this paper.

modoc;2796538

Looking at that grading scale is it any wonder that the pass rate gets … Looking at that grading scale is it any wonder that the pass rate gets higher and higher each year.A* - 65%A - 51%B - 38%C - 26%When I sat my GCSE's, 65% would have been the equivalent of a B grade and 26% would have given you an F grade and definitely not a pass. I think the pass mark was around 45%.Students nowadays should have no excuse for failing exams if the pass marks are so low.



You've fallen under the misapprehension that these percentages mean the same as they did in 'your day'. The system is now tiered. Example: If you took a Foundation tier GCSE and got 100% you would only get a C grade. Let me guess, there would have been people in your school who got D's and possibly even E's? There are no D's in this Higher Tier system as you will note in your concise table above - the system has quite obviously changed.
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