Are the actual gcse test papers as hard as teachers make them out to be?

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I'm worried about them and knowing this would really help. Thanks.

Posted Sat 1st September, 2012 @ 22:02 by The girl who really needs to study more:/

9 Answers

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I think it's basically impossible to tell; for instance, in Maths, our mock was really hard, compared to the real thing, but it was an actual past paper. It varies. However, they consider this and vary the grade boundaries, so you're marked fairly.

Answered Sun 2nd September, 2012 @ 21:47 by Cate
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well, it depends, sometimes you get a really easy paper, and sometimes they make it really hard... but don't worry- i mean if you really know all the stuff you should know you'll be fine :) 

Answered Mon 3rd September, 2012 @ 20:56 by Natalia
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It honestly depends on the subject and what you mean by hard. For example, when I was doing the P7 (triple science) exam, half the things we revised weren't even asked!

Just remember to revise properly, don't just revise the night or day. Trust me, I just finished my Gcse's like that, and I tell you it would've been easier if I were more concentrated and revised more.

Answered Sat 8th September, 2012 @ 00:30 by Red
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do you mean the exam paper for your final exam?

Answered Sat 1st September, 2012 @ 22:15 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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I know that a lot of my teachers gave us extremely hard mocks so that the actual exam seemed REALLY easy. Don't worry about whether the exam is harder than the mock.

What I did was not compare the mock to the exam at all (bare with me here). For example, we had a mock in maths last year and I did really badly (I think I ended up with a C in that mock) but I just took the mock home, made a note about which questions I didn't do so well on and made sure I revised those first (I got an A in the real exam). So try to see the mocks as a test of what you should revise if you can.

If you have teachers that tell you the exam papers will be hard it can be really beneficial for you. My religion teacher told us nothing about our first exam for most of the term, we knew it was coming but we knew nothing about what it was like, so when we had the mocks I was one of the highest in the class with a D but because my religion teacher scared me into thinking the exams were harder I studied really hard and came out of the exam with an A* in my pocket.

What I'm trying to say is do the best you can, don't freak out about mocks and be a little confident in yourself. Good luck x

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 17:32 by Rebecca
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they are the same usually but the teachers tend to mark mre harshly than examiners :)

so dont worry too much. as i got an A* in my history formal exam but for all my mocks no one in my class was getting higher than a B

Answered Sat 8th September, 2012 @ 15:33 by Ragnaros the Firelord
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I think it depends what subject they are for. my maths papers I did I found really hard but the actual exam paper I found alright

Answered Sat 8th September, 2012 @ 15:51 by Thegirlwhoknewtoomuch - Team GR
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confession: I did little revision and passed all of them... but I do seem to be lucky, and a good guesser... :P

Answered Sun 9th September, 2012 @ 23:31 by Neon
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No, not compared to A levels anyway. I did no revision for GCSE and got A*s, when i tried that technique for AS levels I failed them. You should get into a habit of revising though or you'll not be able cope with A levels

Answered Mon 10th September, 2012 @ 06:28 by Sam Holman