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Old 08-18-2004, 05:13 PM   #1
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Exam results


Tomorrow I get the results of my AS level Exams(I am 17) and i was wondering how other people deal with the situation. Do you look forward to the results and do you have anything you do for good luck before you get them(i may need it).

Now for a rant, at my college the results are displayed on a board for everyone to see. Does anyone agree that this is a stupid and unfair practice. I understand the need for teachers to know the results but is it necessary for you friends (and enemies) to find out.

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Old 08-18-2004, 05:22 PM   #2
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When I got my A level results (which was years ago) I got the results I was expecting so I didn't actually feel anything. I just went to the pub with my mates for the rest of the day as it was one of the last times I would meet up with all the various people I had been study with for 2 years in one place.

Anyway lots of horrible schools and colleges post exam results so everyone can see them. The best one for me was my GCSE result's when I saw a teacher who hated me walk of very quickly. This is cos I was the only person out of the 60 odd people she taught who got an A in her subject.

By the way if you go to uni get used to finding your exam results posted on the board so everyone can see them.

By the way I am not going to say how exams have got easier etc because I know how they mark them is completely different from years ago. Years ago they use to set the mark at the time they were marking the exam papers, and years before that they used a bell curve, now they set the marks for grades during the time they set the exam papers. I know this because one of my friend's use to work for an examing board.

Good luck tomorrow.
 
Old 08-18-2004, 05:28 PM   #3
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By the way I am not going to say how exams have got easier etc because I know how they mark them is completely different from years ago.
ok then, i will! my A-Levels were, in places, stupidly easy when i did then in erm.. 1998. sometimes i was left thinking "is that it??". Uni was a substantially harder affair...
 
Old 08-18-2004, 05:37 PM   #4
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Apparently I have been told by many older people including teachers that they have always put a very stupidly easy question on the exam paper so they can give out U's to people.

Mind you exams are normally easy if you have done the work, understood it and revised.
 
Old 08-18-2004, 05:54 PM   #5
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I would say exams aren't easy and kids aren't brighter. Its just we now know what will be on the exam (well generally) so we can prepare better. Teachers can now spend more time teaching only what is on the syllabus so we can do everything on the exam. As for you saying when you left the exam thinking is that it, all I can say is that is good for you as you must be clever. Some people wont be and they are the ones who get lower grades. If the exams were hard enough to test you to your full ability then people of a lower ability would get left behind and fail miserably. This would falsely leave them feeling thick. I know people who got C's in the first module and feel they are thick because they are used to A's. The steps can't be too high or too many people will stop doing further education as they feel they aren't good enough. Thats not to say i support the governments quota of 50% of pupils in further ed. I think that will also push people beyond their abilities.

Anyway thanks for the good luck. I hope i don't need it but i probably will.

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Old 08-19-2004, 09:34 AM   #6
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Got my results. A(bio) A(chem) A(physics) A(maths). I'm not pleased with all the people saying A's are worth less. I worked my arse off for them. Tut.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 09:57 AM   #7
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What it is, is they are peed of because the youth of today have worked out how to work the system to their advantage.

Congrats Boffy what subjects are you going to do next year to full A level and what are you going to do afterwards?
 
Old 08-19-2004, 10:12 AM   #8
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Re: Exam results

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Originally posted by Boffy
Now for a rant, at my college the results are displayed on a board for everyone to see. Does anyone agree that this is a stupid and unfair practice. I understand the need for teachers to know the results but is it necessary for you friends (and enemies) to find out.

Boffy
I think that is illegal to do in the US... however the college I attend i dont even have tests/exams
 
Old 08-19-2004, 10:45 AM   #9
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Re: Exam results

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Originally posted by Boffy
Tomorrow I get the results of my AS level Exams(I am 17) and i was wondering how other people deal with the situation. Do you look forward to the results and do you have anything you do for good luck before you get them(i may need it).

Now for a rant, at my college the results are displayed on a board for everyone to see. Does anyone agree that this is a stupid and unfair practice. I understand the need for teachers to know the results but is it necessary for you friends (and enemies) to find out.

Boffy
1st,

Congrats on passing your exams, from across the pond.

2nd

I, also believe this might be illegal practice over here in the states (but not sure which levels of education it is illegal at, perhaps, only high school and post-secondary education?)

3rd

The teachers should already have the results (aren't they the ones doing the grading?)

4th

Posting of grades is a controversial issue in the educational realm. Some feel it leads to an improvement because of the competetive effect, others argue to contrary. What the other poster here may be referring to is the posting of grades with student IDs (which, coincidentally) happens to be 9 times out of 10 their social security numbers.

I don't think they have ss numbers in the UK, but in the US, once somebody has that, they could pretty much ruin your life by ruining your credit.

That, *WAS* deemed illegal.

5th

Passing the A series in the UK is a big deal. We have smart students over here on our side of the pond, but typically our high school education system pales in comparison to other european systems.

And lastly,

Indiana has a test called the I-Step. This test tests the students from grade school (primary school) to high school (secondary school, college preparotory, etc.). Just recently, they made the last exam in the series a graduation qualifying exam.

Now, we have a rush of people not graduating high schook, but turning around and getting their ged (an equivalency diploma.)

I haven't seen the test myself (I only took it once, when it was first instituted) so I don't know how difficult it is. What I remember of the test was it seemed like a bunny (a real easy test) at the time, but I have heard they have made it more difficult.

Again, congrats from our side of the pond.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 10:52 AM   #10
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At my old school, somewhere in Zimbabwe, all results were published at the school on a notice board, so everyone knew what grades you got. I don't think it was right though, I believe results should be private
and you tell those that you choose to.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 11:03 AM   #11
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>> Got my results. A(bio) A(chem) A(physics) A(maths). I'm not pleased with all the people saying A's are worth less. I worked my arse off for them. Tut. <<

Congrats Boffy, excellent results - it was a while ago I did Mathematics at A level (Pure Mathematics primarily ) - did you do P1 & P2 or M1 or T1 etc etc - what are you thinking of studying at Uni.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 04:35 PM   #12
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Hi again. Thanks for the praise. I am going to do Medicine at Uni in 2005. I'm not sure whether or not to keep on biology for next year, it might be too much but it was my best subject so it is a difficult decision.

In reference to the maths exam, i did P1(pure) D1(decision) and S1(statistics). Decision is a strange maths thing. If you do a google search on it with the words Ed Excel. It is mainly algorithms. I think it would be more appropriate in a computing course but who am i to argue.

At my college they just show you name and student number which i think is public.

In reference to hp46168's third point, the AS and A levels in the UK are marked externally (by teachers at other schools) so they wouldn't know automatically but the college will inform them before we know.

Anyway thanks again for the praise.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 05:55 PM   #13
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Boffy I would phone a few medical schools admissions tutors to see if they advise if you should drop biology or not.

I know from my own doctor friends' that the ones who didn't do biology had a rough first year.
 
Old 08-19-2004, 11:29 PM   #14
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I think that is illegal to do in the US... however the college I attend i dont even have tests/exams
What college do you attend? Happy birthday.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 03:56 AM   #15
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OK thanks olly300 I will do that today. I was unsure about that. A lecturer at oxford said that biology is the one to drop but its only marginal but its only marginal. Personally I would have thought it was important since biology being the study of life and all. I see a stronger link between that and medicine than physics and medicine but thats just me.

Biology is my strongest subject so I was wavering as to whether to drop it. I will check it out now.

Boffy
 
  


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