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Postby Darksun » Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:15 am

Curiosity, I have an 'Unconditional Offer' on my insurance but my firm is still saying Condition Offer :(
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Postby Curiosity » Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:35 am

It might be that your firm is just being slack about updating.
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Postby Flamekebab » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:22 am

Woo, I'm not applying, so my results are meaningless!

Anyways, I got a C in biology, a C in History and a B in Spanish. Good enough, no Ds. Party on!
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Postby Darksun » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:30 am

Computing B, Psychology C, Maths C, General Studies B

Think my ABB offer will accept me? >_<

Edit: Well, Southampton have rejected me (*cough*wankers*cough*), but my insurance Lancaster accepted me, so yay, and stuff.
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Postby edd8990 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 12:10 pm

AS Results:

Bio: B
Computing: B
Maths: C
Chemistry: D

Oh well, Bye bye Oxbridge.

I suspect I'll apply to Manchester for Bioinformatics.
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Postby ReflectingGod » Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:13 pm

Darksun wrote:Computing B, Psychology C, Maths C, General Studies B

Think my ABB offer will accept me? >_<

Edit: Well, Southampton have rejected me (*cough*wankers*cough*), but my insurance Lancaster accepted me, so yay, and stuff.


When I was living in England, I got accepted by Southampton... :P

But then, I did make AAAB...

Anyway, good luck to you all back there, and I hope you get what you need to get your places.

And believe me, it only gets harder when you get to uni...
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Postby coolsi » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:20 pm

Chemistry: A
Biololgy: B
Music: B

My offer for Southampton to do Chemistry and Medicinal Sciences was BBB, so off I go! :D
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Postby Babylon5 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:25 pm

Has anyone else seen the exams on the news? I don't know if it is just Scotland, I haven't been paying attention that much, but it seems that pass rates are superb, or are as predicted or higher.

This raised a few questions in the Babylon5 household.

1. Are exams getting easier?

2. If so, I'll be taking them next year, and if they are being changed, this could mean overly hardened questions/pieces of music in my case.

3. Or are teachers suddenly becoming efficient, and have spent more time developing teaching skills rather than complaining about lack of holidays. Sorry if that offends anyone, or upsets them in any way :oops:
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Postby edd8990 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:32 pm

look.

If the pass rate was going down, the critics would say teachers aren't working hard enough, pupils are lazy.

If the pass rate stays level, teachers aren't working hard enough, pupils are lazy, and aren't pushing for better grades.

As pass rates are going up, teachers aren't working hard enough, pupils are lazy and so the exams must be getting easier.

There's no way to win.
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Postby coolsi » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:34 pm

As time goes on, if exams don't change then more people will pass because better techniques will be learned and perfected which suit the subject specification. They have definately not got easier, the papers I took in the summer were just as difficult as past papers from the past few years.
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Postby Babylon5 » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:36 pm

I'm not critisizing you coolsi, but if the teatime news said so, then it's got to be true. Ahem.
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Postby Mas Tnega » Thu Aug 18, 2005 4:44 pm

But half the people on teatime news said it was bollocks...
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Postby coolsi » Thu Aug 18, 2005 5:55 pm

Babylon5 wrote:I'm not critisizing you coolsi, but if the teatime news said so, then it's got to be true. Ahem.


Damn, you got me there :p
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Postby ReflectingGod » Fri Aug 19, 2005 2:22 am

When I was at college back in England, I looked through past papers that were 5+ years old, and they were no harder than the latest ones.

I think that the improving pass rate is due to the fact that less people are taking A-Levels for the sake of it, now that people are being encouraged to take vocational courses or apprenticeships to continue there education, so there are less people taking A-Levels that really couldn't give a toss if they pass or not.
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Postby Rkiver » Fri Aug 19, 2005 9:00 am

Congratulations to those who got what they wanted. Condolences to those who did not.

Also results are generally up a little in England and Wales, and up a lot in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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