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Just saw the end of a programme of a group of students who got top marks in GCSE taking the old o levels and failing them.
Just goes to show how easy they have made them.
A grades were very rare when i was at school,and this goes to show how easy the exams are.
I saw a GCSE Maths exam paper last year and it was easier than the old CSE papers of the 70s.
My son who is Autistic and had a full time support worker took 7 Gcse's and passed them all.
The problem is the Government does not like the world 'fail'.

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known that for ages, nobody believes me..

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I got an A at GCSE maths and could probably get the same now but I wouldn't fancy one of those old CSE exams.

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A in maths at o'level were very rare.From my memory during my stay at school until i left in the upper sixth, only i boy got a A in maths and he ended up going to Oxford.

The benefits of the old system was that you did not have to do course work,which allowed you to take the exams in a short time.I did my A levels in a year and got my History O level in 2 months.

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cantos said:
Just saw the end of a programme of a group of students who got top marks in GCSE taking the old o levels and failing them.
Just goes to show how easy they have made them.
A grades were very rare when i was at school,and this goes to show how easy the exams are.
I saw a GCSE Maths exam paper last year and it was easier than the old CSE papers of the 70s.
My son who is Autistic and had a full time support worker took 7 Gcse's and passed them all.
The problem is the Government does not like the world 'fail'.


depends though. if your no good at a subject you will fail. i do single science so can only get a C anyway - moved groups cuz i hate science - got D in my first exam and C/D in my last one - very close i know someone who got C with 30 marks and i have 29 which is a D i guess.
i found science hard but maths - despite also moving sets - i got a B(3 off an A <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" /> lol) and literally sailed through 9/10ths of the paper only one section i found hard because i completly forgot learning it - i still dont think i did.

its very easy for people that have done GCSEs to say they are easy but the amount of pressure put on most people to pass now because they are so "easy" means more people get stressed and worried about them and end up failing them

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[quote]cantos said:
A in maths at o'level were very rare.From my memory during my stay at school until i left in the upper sixth, only i boy got a A in maths and he ended up going to Oxford.

Blimey I must be more intelligent than I thought lol. I got an A in Maths and a B in English Language O'level (but I cant spell lol). Also got a B in Biology, as well as 7 CSE's grades 1 - 3.
And I fort I was fick!! <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I understand Zack what you are saying regarding pressure nowadays at that is because A grades are thrown around to liberally.
When i left school a C grade was good,today it is regarded as a failure by some employers.
The pressure we had was that it was all about the exam,which i can assure you for some was a great pressure.

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Paula i took English O Level with 2 boards on the same day.Got a B with one and U with the other.I actually thought i did better with the one i got a U .
I can understand the B in Biology,was there an oral exam.

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I'm not sure where your going with the last remark but no there wasn't.
I did get U in English Lit - probably coz I only put my name on the top of the paper. I bunked all the lessons and I was still put in for the exam. If you didnt attend then your parents had to pay for the cost of the examination so I didnt really have a choice. Think it was 3 hours of looking out the window.




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