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To think this is a little unfair

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MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 19:46:34

So have an OU interview for apprenticeship.

45 minute written assessment/exercise which will have to be done with camera on in teams.

Women organising accidentally sent all the candidates the questions last week (choice is 6/7) , said she would get different questions. We were asked to delete the questions.

Today says questions will stay the same but we will be told which one we have to do.

AIBU to think this is unfair and puts us at a disadvantage of securing a place (which are limited) due to her mistake?

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Andwoooshtheyweregone Tue 16-Jun-20 19:57:51

If you’ve prepared you should be able to handle any question but you’ve seen the question (they are staying the same?) so you’re at an advantage.

MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 19:58:57

I deleted the email without reading as requested.

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AintNoMaryPoppins Tue 16-Jun-20 19:59:07

If the questions are the same as the ones you've already seen are you not at an advantage rather than a disadvantage?

DontTouchTheMoustache Tue 16-Jun-20 20:00:07

It may be in your deleted folder

AintNoMaryPoppins Tue 16-Jun-20 20:00:26


I deleted the email without reading as requested.

Okay well surely if you were never supposed to have seen the questions in the first place you're at no more of a disadvantage should she have never sent you them in the first place?

Witchend Tue 16-Jun-20 20:00:40

Why does it put you at a disadvantage?
You're all in the same boat.

MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 20:01:01

My deleted folder deletes everything when I close outlook.

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MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 20:02:38

Because there were 6 or 7 questions to choose from and we all have different backgrounds and disciplines and some will be more familiar with certain subjects than others.

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Witchend Tue 16-Jun-20 20:02:59


Then email back, explain you deleted it and could she resend it.

MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 20:04:07

Because some won’t have deleted the questions will they?

The whole thing stinks a bit and isn’t the proper process.

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MonteStory Tue 16-Jun-20 20:04:24

I think op means that they should have had a choice of questions but now this woman is choosing it.

Yes op I agree with you. Email back and explain. It’s highly likely some of your peers have seen the questions so are at an advantage. The whole exam has been fucked up.

Quartz2208 Tue 16-Jun-20 20:04:29

can you undelete the email

MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 20:05:01

Well she asked us to delete.

Then said today she would be choosing the question anyway.

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MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 20:06:06

She has fucked it up so the fairest thing would be to get new questions from the OU.

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BuffyTheBuffetSlayer Tue 16-Jun-20 20:06:56

I'm studying with the OU, you will get used to the cockups, mismanagement and unfair handling from tutors who dont know their arse from their elbow grin

MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 20:07:45


After this I might not be 😭🤣

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BuffyTheBuffetSlayer Tue 16-Jun-20 20:08:41

You can either email the woman and if you get no luck contact student support and explain. Student support are brilliant.

MadameBee Tue 16-Jun-20 20:09:43

I am not actually on the course yet and this lady has a say in it so I am not overly keen to kick up a huge stink.

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YouDirtyMare Tue 16-Jun-20 20:12:10

I agree with you @MadameBee
Challenge it, it could be part of the assessment. You have nothing to lose either way

BuffyTheBuffetSlayer Tue 16-Jun-20 20:17:17

Then I recommend emailing the woman organiser, explain you deleted the questions immediately as directed and after the new update that the questions will be chosen for you, you are now concerned you will end up with a question that is not your speciality area therefore concerned it will impact you negatively and prevent you securing a place.

My experience of the OU so far (going into my 4th year) are they can be very fair and accommodating, especially when the error is down to them. I've seen some almighty rules bent to ensure students are not left at a disadvantage so always worth contacting them. Organiser first, then student support as a back up.

That was a very very very long sentence!! I dont write like that in assessments grin

JakeChambers Tue 16-Jun-20 21:33:57

You might be able to recover the email if you go on Outlook online. There's an option to recover recently deleted items within the trash folder.

But, as others have said, email the tutor. I studied with the OU and the tutors were always really trying to support students and keep them on track with their courses. I'm sure if you explain that you followed the instructions given but that has now put you at a disadvantage, they'll make it right one way or another.

Dontfuckingsaycheese Tue 16-Jun-20 21:42:21

Ooh. The OU does apprenticeships?

Witchend Tue 16-Jun-20 21:53:53

I think it could be very positive to ask. You're showing you deleted as asked, and are keen enough to follow up.

Pixxie7 Tue 16-Jun-20 22:31:05

Surely if everyone got the same e mail your all in the same boat.

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