Studying for A Levels can be rather stressful for students. Having to achieve the right grades, especially for university, can be rather challenging and demanding. However to add to that, the majority of students have “zero faith” in the exam system in place for A Levels.
Many complain that the system consists of: “memorising facts and techniques for exams”, “inconsistent marking”, “being taught to pass an exam” and “a stepping stone into university”, as opposed to: learning, and reflection of hard work and ability.
Students believe that the exams system is in need of a major overhaul in order to test ability, not as a stepping stone into university.
Apa says the exams system is about memorising:
“Exams don’t give you the opportunity to actually show your knowledge and instead it’s just your ability to say exactly what the mark scheme says, even if the answer you give is technically correct.”
chinaberry says that the whole exams system is a mess:
“The thing is, what do we want these tests to do? Prove how bright we are or how much we know? Because at the moment it’s neither. The whole curriculum should be scrapped/overhauled, and minimum university entry requirements implemented… It’s a stepping stone, nothing else.”
Another student suggests an alternative system in order to test true ability reflected by hard work:
“I think Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) should replace all the other exam boards. From my experience at least, people who take the board always get exactly what they deserve. People at my college who worked their ass off always got A/A*’s year after year.”
No system is flawless, but many students believe that the A Level examination system is simply a stepping stone and is in dire need of a review and a major overhaul in order to reflect true ability of candidates as opposed to a stepping stone into university.