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A2 French (AQA) result - unexpectedly low grade

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3littlefrogs Thu 13-Aug-15 20:19:53

Anyone else perplexed/disappointed or had an unexpectedly poor result?

Kanumoov Thu 13-Aug-15 21:44:10

Yes but not french but is AQA which my DD hates.

3littlefrogs Thu 13-Aug-15 21:52:27

I have spoken to a couple of friends whose DC have had strange results - different schools - teachers are going to arrange a whole class re-mark - I have to wonder about the whole marking system TBH.

These kids have got really low grades, yet have consistently excellent marks in their AS levels and mocks. None had any difficulty with the exam.

Kanumoov Fri 14-Aug-15 07:54:04

Teachers said similar last year at my DD school. They sent a handful back for remarks so that they could see if worth sending them all back but nothing came of it. DD really hates their marking scheme but I can't help wondering if this doesn't come from listening to teachers as surely not everyone in the country sitting the through this exam board does so unexpectedly badly otherwise things would have changed. Sadly it's like banging my head against a brick wall to stop DD blaming AQA but I don't understand it at all ie like you said all of them doing so well through the year then suddenly this!

sassymuffin Fri 14-Aug-15 12:27:02

Lots of AQA getting sent back from DD's school for remarks including DD's English Lit but the teachers are requesting photocopies before they request the physical remark as they are baffled as to what has happened.

cathyandclaire Fri 14-Aug-15 12:43:24

DD had a very unexpected Drama AQA mark, along with the rest of her class. 90+% very well prepared, a huge number of past papers done, marked by 2 teachers and always at A or A*. She though the exam went very well and got 35% raw marks!
She scraped an A because of her existing marks but is totally baffled, we've looked at the examiner's report and are no clearer.

AugustRose Fri 14-Aug-15 12:51:52

DS's school are paying for priority remarks for his History through AQA as well below predicted grades - there are only two in his class and strangely they both got exactly the same D instead of B.

AugustRose Fri 14-Aug-15 12:52:47

Its seems like AQA will be making a lot of money this year on remarks!

3littlefrogs Fri 14-Aug-15 13:23:54

I just wonder who is actually marking these papers and under what conditions. I know there is a shortage of people to do the marking - it makes you wonder if the standard is consistent.

3littlefrogs Sat 15-Aug-15 11:22:53

Apparantly "StudentRoom" is heaving with distressed people who have had bizarrely poor grades from AQA.

These students have had consistently high marks throughout their A level courses yet have ended up with C and D grades. There really needs to be some sort of enquiry about this IMO. sad

Happy36 Sat 15-Aug-15 15:00:23

My A Level subject at my school does not do AQA so apologies if AQA doesn't offer this - look at the breakdown of the results to see if it was one paper in particular where the mark was lower than the others. Then on that paper look at the breakdown of marks by question (in tandem with the exam. paper) and see where the marks were lost. If it looks fishy, you could request a re-mark, but do remember that marks can go down as well as up.

Basically if there are just lower than expected grades across all papers, it's probably not worth requesting the re-mark. On the other hand, if one or two questions worth, say, 30 points, have been marked very low (and much lower than the rest), unless your child can re-collect having screwed up / not answered / not understood that or those questions, consider the re-mark.

3littlefrogs Sat 15-Aug-15 15:27:14

The breakdown of marks in my case shows no marks for one whole paper.
I am certain it is fishy.

This is with a background of straight As for every single previous exam and paper.

ImperialBlether Sat 15-Aug-15 15:34:48

No marks for one paper? Was it a coursework task or an exam task that has missing marks?

What does the school have to say about it?

3littlefrogs Sat 15-Aug-15 15:56:44

Exam task.
We will go in on Monday to discuss as that is the designated day when all the teachers will be in.

I think it hasn't been marked, or maybe got lost somehow, but I don't know whether that is even possible.

ImperialBlether Sat 15-Aug-15 16:05:01

Add up the tasks that have got marks and see whether the total matches the number given on the overall grade sheet. If you could give us the marks it would help.

Btw I'm an examiner for OCR.

cathyandclaire Sat 15-Aug-15 16:06:27

Sounds like they've lost the exam.
That is good news for you I'd have thought, if they can't find it I understand the estimate based on the other papers/mocks/predictions which will almost certainly up her grade.
Good luck!

cathyandclaire Sat 15-Aug-15 16:07:44

I bow to Imperial's knowledge, I only know what I've read on The Student Room grin

ImperialBlether Sat 15-Aug-15 16:22:30

I've never heard of an exam board losing an exam. Now that so many are marked online, it goes straight from the school to the exam board (and it's tracked, using Parcel Force or similar), where it's scanned in. Examiners access it electronically.

It would be interesting if someone on here had a child taking the same exam who could compare mark sheets.

AugustRose Sat 15-Aug-15 16:35:44

Imperial It's interesting you say you have never heard of an exam board losing an exam - I have just been reading my local paper and there is an item about exactly that. Exams for several students at a Carlisle school have been given lowered grades after the WJEC exam board lost their psychology papers.

Thankfully this is not my son's school or exam but it is making me question his history paper more, and the fact that his school are paying for the remark confirms that they also think something has gone wrong.

ImperialBlether Sat 15-Aug-15 16:41:37

WJEC doesn't mark electronically, as far as I know, because it's a small exam board. I used to teach an A level for that board. This means that the papers would be sent from the school to an examiner and then sent from the examiner to the exam board for storage and checking etc.

I know there was a case a couple of years ago where an examiner's house caught fire and everyone got their predicted grades. I don't see how they could be given lower than their predicted grades; that's the point of predicting them.

I don't understand in the OP's case why there wasn't a mark by the exam module. I do know some of the exam paperwork can be difficult to understand at first. For example, I don't think they put a mark for an AS module (trying hard to remember this) when the student gets the A2 grade.

The reason that case was in the paper was presumably because it's rare. I didn't mean it never happens, more that I've never heard of it happening. The only one I remember was the fire.

ImperialBlether Sat 15-Aug-15 16:54:14

Just thinking about those lowered grades... if a teacher tried to be clever and put A grades for predicted grades when the students had never been near an A grade in their lives, that would cause the exam board to lower the grades, presumably. So if an A2 paper went missing and the student got a D and an E for the AS module, a C for one A2 module and then the teacher predicted an A for both A2 modules, I would imagine the exam board would refuse to give an A for the missing module.

Happy36 Sat 15-Aug-15 17:09:10

3littlefrogs You could phone AQA now to ask about the paper with zero marks. They will be there over this weekend.

Also, do as Imperial advised and doublecheck that the marks for each unit add up to the total marks awarded (and that this mark is in the grade boundary for the grade given).

serendipity200 Sat 15-Aug-15 17:20:19

ImperialBlether OCR lost one of my DC's papers this year and made a 'guesstimate' of the module grade which was lower than expected Meant that neither the Uni which was his firm did not receive his grades and we had to send a copy of the guesstimate to them, firmed a day late with a knock on of no accommodation offer yet, when all firm offers seem to be been allocated. More seriously though is that DC's application to the Rep of Ireland universities could not be processed in time for offers (which come out on Tuesday) as OCR had not put 'guesstimate' up on UCAS for their system to access, which we only found out late Friday afternoon. It will be included in 2nd round offers, however, that is like the old clearing here where the courses available are not the competitive ones DC has applied for. We are taking this very seriously indeed, roll on Monday. A statement on the OCR website about 'Estimating' grades which get lost does not absolve them of responsibility in my view. Apologies for sounding bitter, but this unnecessarily does impact a the future of an individual. Ok not the end of the world or life threatening, but careless and irresponsible and a blase approach to their mistake infuriates me.

3littlefrogs Sat 15-Aug-15 17:23:07

Thanks all.
I think that the teacher will be requesting some re-marks.

3littlefrogs Sat 15-Aug-15 17:24:43

Yes - this is about people's life chances and their future. sad

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