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Exam Grade Changes. Should we have been asked?

Community Partnership Team Community Partnership Team  •  2020-04-30  •    3 comments  • 

Should the SQA have consulted young people in the process of changing the way grades are awarded and should young people be offered the chance to resit any exams they feel they could have done better in?

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  • MS
    MS  • 2020-04-30 15:41:56

    I think most young people use prelims to figure out how much more needs to be done to get the marks they know they're capable of if they put the work in. It's a chance to find out what you don't know. I think it's unfair to be given a final mark on what most see as a practice run before they fill in the gaps.

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  • Jodi2004
    Jodi2004  • 2020-04-30 14:22:34

    Definitely. The only people who know how young people feel right now are the young people, not the SQA board. The final exam to most is a way to prove themselves, and I feel as if, whilst this method of awarding results will benefit some, it will disadvantage more and in that case young people should be allowed to sit their final exam (be that virtually) so they can get the grade they know they are capable of.

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  • Lewis2004
    Lewis2004  • 2020-05-11 17:07:38

    This is more about exams being revamped than grades.

    Scottish Exams currently are based on a 1 day paper, we know this but I believe we fail to realise that so much can go wrong in just one day. People go into the exam hall so anxious that they start to forget things and end up failing. We as young people believe that exams should be more practical and have student work submitted throughout the year, take for example physics, biology or chemistry: If you done an experiment, analysis, hypothesis etc for each and everyone of the units in that subject it would show the pupil’s understanding of the concepts and could get them the grade they deserve. We need to scrap the idea that all someone’s knowledge of a particular subject should be challenged in a single day, not even a day, hours, mere hours. We’re only human and humans forget things.

    We need system change, it’s our future, not the SQA’s

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