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    'Off-topic' exam sparks protest by Basingstoke students

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    'Off-topic' exam sparks protest by Basingstoke students

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 13 Sep 2017, 11:10 am

    Exam questions not in the syllabus.

    Biology students have challenged their A Level exam after claiming none of the questions were on topics they had studied.

    Alexandra Elkins and Annabel Smith, who are studying at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke, now want to re-sit the exam with a new series of questions.

    More than 4,000 people from across the country have signed a protest petition.

    The Pearson group which provides the Edexcel exams said its papers "accurately reflect the curriculum".

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    I know that they have said that the exams are going to get harder so that the pupils study harder in order to get the best education possible, but when the questions that are in the examinations have not been previously taught it is ridiculous that they expect the students to know the answers from normal study.

    What say you ?


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    Re: 'Off-topic' exam sparks protest by Basingstoke students

    Post by zathrus on Thu 14 Sep 2017, 12:18 pm

    That actually happened to me when I was at school. I took one of the final exams, maths I think it was, and there were questions there that I did not even recognise never mind be able to answer.

    I think it happens much more often than in that Basingstoke school.
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    Re: 'Off-topic' exam sparks protest by Basingstoke students

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 15 Sep 2017, 11:54 am

    Yes, it happened to me too.

    Then again maybe I just missed it when it was taught to me, as my mind often strayed when I was being taught subjects that I hated.


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    Re: 'Off-topic' exam sparks protest by Basingstoke students

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 16 Sep 2017, 11:51 am

    As a teacher I too have seen many exams made up by people who seem to know very little about the curriculum.

    It must be hard for students to answer questions on subjects that they have never been taught about.
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    Re: 'Off-topic' exam sparks protest by Basingstoke students

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 17 Sep 2017, 12:03 pm

    Of course, that is too much like common sense for the privatised exams-setting authorities.

    If there are questions being asked in exams that the kids have not already covered in their normal studies, they are bound to not be able to answer these questions.


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