Anyone else got year 11 mocks coming up?

(37 Posts)
webwiz Thu 29-Nov-12 18:30:18

Just being nosey really. DS's start next week and apparently they are revising in school so he doesn't need to do much at home hmm.

bigbluebus Thu 29-Nov-12 19:14:19

DSs start next week too. He says he isn't going to bother revising as they are "only mocks so they don't matter". Nothing I say can convince him otherwise! He is grudgingly doing 1/2 hr revision per night atm!

Polgara2 Thu 29-Nov-12 19:26:00

Oh yes we have. Dd1 is squirrelled away in her bedroom permanently revising at the moment. This is the first time she has had several subjects in one week and she is unimpressed - also at my lack of sympathy along with the 'in my day we had 3 hour exams' speech grin.

AmberLeaf Thu 29-Nov-12 19:27:59

Yes..except they aren't mocks but the real thing!

Several have been set as early as january of this year during year 10.

webwiz Thu 29-Nov-12 19:51:21

DS is not impressed by having three exams on thursday (his 16th birthday).

He has revised for Maths as that is two full papers but hasn't done much else yet. He has Religious Studies on Monday but it is only one question as they did 50% of the GCSE in the summer and so haven't covered all of the syllabus for this year yet. I thought he was being sarcastic when I saw he had written in his planner "revise matters of life and death"!

AmberLeaf Thu 29-Nov-12 20:06:23

Whereabouts in the UK are you all?

are you sure they are mocks?

Maybe London is the only area where they are doing actual exams spread across yrs 10-11 rather than waiting until may/june of yr 11?

webwiz Thu 29-Nov-12 20:16:06

We are in Hertfordshire and they are definitely mocks. DS did a few actual exams in May/June of year 10 but apart from a couple of English papers in January everything else will be in the summer.

AmberLeaf Thu 29-Nov-12 20:19:24

Ah ok! well good luck to your son and rotten luck that it's on his birthday!

Hope he enjoys his birthday all the same smile

creamteas Thu 29-Nov-12 22:07:33

We've just finished mocks, and I'm wondering if we will get the results this side of Christmas. I do hope so as DD has some January papers so it would be good to know areas to work on over Christmas.

But I've got a feeling that we won't get any real feedback till parent's eve in Jan which will be after her real first paper....

webwiz Thu 29-Nov-12 22:12:29

That's a bit unhelpful creamteas - DS is doing an English literature paper in January and they actually did a mock for that last week and have the result already.

mindgone Fri 30-Nov-12 00:14:19

Y11 mocks next week here too! No stress shown though, not sure if that's good or bad!

Loshad Fri 30-Nov-12 22:59:11

amberleaf, no real gcses scheduled before jan now anywhere in uk.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 30-Nov-12 23:43:02

Yep, end of next week until end of term! Official 'results day' in January.... Some schools round here give the study leave for it, but not ours, which I can't help but be pleased about!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 30-Nov-12 23:43:47

And she starts a day early in January for real science exams.....

My DD is just getting over having her appendix out sad she starts mocks next week so lord know what her results will be like her health has been bad this year.

Still there are alway resits, as I said to her getring better is the most important thing!!!

AmberLeaf Fri 30-Nov-12 23:52:37

Loshad do you mean from now? Because my son definitely had real ones earlier this month.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Fri 30-Nov-12 23:57:22

We've had real bits and bobs for aaaages!

ibizagirl Sat 01-Dec-12 08:40:08

Dd did a mock RE this week and she is in year 9. She does a mock ICT next week and her real exam is in January. I'm sure she said there was another one too. Bit early if you ask me.

circular Sat 01-Dec-12 13:56:11

DD yr11 had mocks last week. But only Marhs and 2 option subjects. Lower sets had firs hit at real maths GCSE the week before.
Had real Eng Lang, first module x 3 for the sciences, and a Geog module in Yr10. Her next real one will be linear Maths in Feb/Mar, then the rest in May/June. CA"s ongoing.

Already getting mock results back. Nit brilliant, but DD generally does better in the real thing. Jus hope they are good enough to get the predicted grades needed for an oversubscribed sixth form place

prettydaisies Sat 01-Dec-12 17:20:36

DS does his mocks after Christmas, but all his course are linear so only exams in May and June.

MsAverage Sat 01-Dec-12 18:10:37

DD has mocks on Monday. Played xbox all day. Such bliss for the parent's heart.

Loshad Sat 01-Dec-12 20:01:58

yes from now, there were some in nov.

NaturallyGullible Sat 01-Dec-12 21:37:09

My DD is in Y11 and she hasn't mentioned mocks. I am assuming they are in January rather than December.

It is crazy for schools to be doing mocks in November or December, when there is so much of the courses still to teach - and no advantage whatsoever.

If the exams are going to have a realistic feel, they need to be taken as late as possible. If they need to support special consideration for the real thing, they need to cover a decent proportion of the course.

Loshad Sat 01-Dec-12 21:54:35

Naturally, we are doing mocks mid dec for exams to be taken in jan, they are quite close to the real thing!

AmberLeaf Sat 01-Dec-12 22:18:05

My son took his first actual GCSE exam in the january of yr 10, so 4 months into the GCSE course.

This is the last year to do it that way though.

omgmydd1isnearly16amIoldenough Sat 01-Dec-12 22:23:44

My DD1 started hers on 17th November and has done 6 mocks already. She has already finished her maths GCSE so asked whether they would have to sit mocks as they have no more exams and were told they would have to confused. Luckily her maths teacher is on the ball as he has sorted out some AS mocks for them to do as they will be starting their AS level in January.

moosa1 Thu 06-Dec-12 05:51:19

Can anyone enlighten me on the subject of mock exams, please. Are they past year papers, the same across all schools or do schools prepare their own tests?

Polgara2 Thu 06-Dec-12 06:23:38

Well our school is using past papers.

webwiz Thu 06-Dec-12 08:16:44

DS has done mostly full past papers but I think History will just be parts of past papers put together to cover the bits of the syllabus that they have already done.

moosa1 Fri 07-Dec-12 10:53:13

Thank you. So it is definitely worth going through the past papers. My son realised in the morning he lost his schoolbag 2 days ago! Yesterday was an inset day. Gosh! I hope he is going to find it in school. It s never ending.

creamteas Mon 17-Dec-12 22:52:49

Anyone got results from their mocks yet? We had had Maths so far (did ok) but none of the subjects which have module papers in January. Very frustrating!

webfizzystuff Tue 18-Dec-12 09:19:33

DS has all of his I think, he has various results ranging from very good to ok but no disasters.

What modules are there in Jan creamteas? DS has an English lit exam but they actually did that mock earlier than the others so that they could see what they still needed to work on for the exam. According to his English teacher DS makes the questions harder than they are - I'm not sure how he can fix that one!

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 18-Dec-12 09:22:17

There is science in January here...

We've had some results but off the record... They're giving them out formally after Christmas.

gelo Tue 18-Dec-12 09:47:40

Loshad, controlled assessments which are bits of real gcses can take place any time. I know some mfl writing tasks are taking place this week at our local school and these are like mini exams that you have time in advance to prepare for. Worth quite a lot percentage-wise too.

creamteas Tue 18-Dec-12 17:37:26

web My DD is taking 3 science papers, geog, and English language.

We are waiting for the Geog and English mock results...... (they didn't do formal mocks for science, just working on past papers in class)

webfizzystuff Tue 18-Dec-12 18:56:18

Very frustrating creamteas it would be helpful to have the mark and the paper back for Geog and English Lang to see where any problems are.

creamteas Tue 18-Dec-12 20:15:37

My thoughts exactly. They have had some general feedback in class, but knowing the detail would help shape the revision strategy!

I've heard a rumour that for English at least the plan is to enter them all again in the summer anyway, because the exam board is not going to release the UMS (after last year's fiasco). I hope to find out more at parent's eve which is (also frustratingly) after the Jan exams!!!

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