General Chat Thread, AS Level exams in General; BBC News - Grade fears prompt A-level exam board checks by heads
BBC report maybe sheds some light on argument ...
31st January 2010, 02:05 AM #1
AS Level exams
BBC News - Grade fears prompt A-level exam board checks by heads
BBC report maybe sheds some light on argument I've been having with my daughter's college (She got awarded a D in her AS exam!!!)
a D! - she's brighter than me - can read/write and count (I can only do last one) and has never had anything less than a A in any previous ICT exam!
College kidded me on they were going to have all ICT papers sent in for re-mark but then they changed their mind and by the time I found out they weren't going to do it - it was too late.
So she's ended up having to spend/waste time on a re-sit. (Which would have been better spent on 1st A2 maths module revision)
Its makes me so annoyed when I believed that they said that some students don't adapt to A level ICT from GCSE!!!!!
Spooky how she managed it OK in Maths/Spanish and Graphics!!!!!! (And got an A in her mock!)
31st January 2010, 11:32 AM #2
- Rep Power
the problem with ICT qualifications is that they are incedibly fussy when it comes to the specific terms used.
for example with OCR missing out one word could mean that marks are not awarded, also it is quite common for A-level students to miss the point of the question slightly and if it is a multi-part question getting the first part wrong could lead to the second part not being answered correctly as well.
might be worth having a look at past mark schemes and papers, as with all exams there are only a certain number of questions that can be asked so look through and learn what the exam board are going to assess you on.
Thanks to deanc from:
SimpleSi (31st January 2010)
31st January 2010, 12:42 PM #3
31st January 2010, 01:24 PM #4
A bit strange really ... if she is down as an A/B student then most schools / colleges would chase up any discrepancies as they are not just checked on the overall grades ("ooohh ... look ... we got 96% B and above in out A level blacksmithing"!) but also (and now mainly) on comparison with what the student *should* have got. Ask the college for what they put down as a predicted level on the entry and if it not the A/B the teacher / lecturer / tutor has been saying then chase it.
Also ask to see what information the school sent to the exam board about extenuating circumstances (eg fire alarms) as these are to be reported. Ask to see the copy of the response about it from the exam board. There is an exam officers association (actually, Chris and I met someone ... pretty sure it was the Chair ... at the OFQUAL meeting we went to ... and his is a thoroughly nice bloke ... ) and it might be worth checking with them what *should* have been done.
I am not saying the college has done anything wrong, but there are means to check this out.
Thanks to GrumbleDook from:
SimpleSi (31st January 2010)
31st January 2010, 02:03 PM #5
mm - interesting - i might try that
as they are not just checked on the overall grades ... but also (and now mainly) on comparison with what the student *should* have got.
(I'm battling the college on the stupid non-attendance letters they've (or more probably their Borg MIS) sent out about youngest daughter - we are getting the sort of letters that you'd only send out in primary schools if your child was only turning up 2 days a week for a term
Stupid computer seems to be equating snow closure and 1 week off in Oct with flu as truanting!!!!! )
Now she's taken the b&^*(t resit Its now a bit virtual as to whether worth chasing (but if she gets a D/C in the resits then I'll have to go to town and I'll use the valuable infor you;ve given me)
But from working in schools - you know how happy/schools colleges are to deal with upset parents and how they welcome them with open arms
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