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Sarah Edwards
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Posted on 17-04-2008 18:06
Just thought I would create a space for people to discuss how it is going for them. I had my first exam session today, and it is going pretty well so far, I got a lot done. Only 7.5 hours left now, then all my art is over (except for putting up my exhibition).

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Posted on 18-04-2008 20:10
Now, I'm not familiar with the acronym GCSE, I imagine it has something to do with learning, but I'm not sure what. I have yet to do the whole university thing, is it some art certification course?
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Posted on 19-04-2008 12:49
Its the national exam in the UK at age 16... Nothing too high level, below the american SATs or the european IB, which are more like A-levels, but still they seem to be a lot of work. I have lots of revision coming up...
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Posted on 19-04-2008 17:08
Oooh ok, yeah, its been a while, but when I was in school we did the SAT and the SAT2 (aka the ACT). Apparently there are benefits to taking some tests and not others, a whole big hooplah.

I'm not sure what other tests they have in other countries, or what they entail, but a tactic that worked for me on the SAT was to not study, and stay up late. Then again, a friend of mine studied all year and managed to get a perfect score on the SAT, something unheard of as far as I'm concerned. I'd be jealous, but I'm too lazy to display emotion.
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Posted on 20-04-2008 15:13
Ah, that is confusing! I guess it is similar to the A-level/IB debate and apparently a score over 40 on the IB is equivalent to 6 As at A-level, which is pretty much unheard of unless you are bilingual/ trilingual, and even if you have done really well in those, some of the best universities still make you take extra entrance exams... and they are first introducing the A* to A-levels in my year, for those who get over 90%, which is altogether very confusing...

My own tactic is listen in lessons the first time round then I should remember it. There are a few flaws with this tactic, one being that it means I have to concentrate in lessons, and another being that my memory is simply not good enough for it to work regardless... But I am an optimist, therefore I shall continue to spend my weekends shopping, watching movies, reading books, going to restaurants and wasting time on the OMM...
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Posted on 28-04-2008 12:19
Haha, yeah, i reckon even if you do that right up until the week before GCSEs you'll be fine. With everything except art (which is an exception as it requires the most work by far... it's actually not that big a jump to A level from GCSE for art) all you really need to do is a little last minute cramming; i did this for two out of eleven subjects and not one of them was below an A. Frankly, i know at the time it's worrying, but GCSEs are piss easy, no problem. Even if you get a hard exam they'll adjust the grade boundaries to fit.

The A* thing for A-level really bugs me. Because it's being implemented so close to my year having taken them i'm sure i'm going to be competing against you guys with your A* A-levels and we just won't seem as good smiley
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Posted on 28-04-2008 17:43
That's assuming anyone gets the A* smiley I am hoping that universities won't ask for A* for a while - hopefully they will be unsure what to make of it (like me). At least perhaps A* will be easier to compare to the IB...
It is strange that art, which is meant to be relaxing in my mind, requires so much work. The lessons are so fun but then you get home and realise how much you have to do in your sketchbook/ art journal... But at least now that is all over. All I have left is to put up my exhibition.
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Posted on 12-05-2008 17:25
oh yes, i'm doing art gcse. smiley i mean...i did art gcse. oh my god.
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Posted on 19-09-2008 23:34
Just thought I would comment on this thread now that GCSEs are well and truly over for me. I am really missing art, I chose not to take it to A-level because of the sheer amount of work involved plus there were already too many subjects I wanted to take. But art lessons were the best, so relaxing but actually productive (most of the time smiley) but at least I still go to life drawing...
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