December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
For one reader, the nightmare struck not once, but twice, when she sat her A-levels, but she and her fellow students voted to plough on regardless.
Moire Lennox said: “I recall sitting in the exam hall (early 80s) and realising that we had a different paper. The syllabus we had studied did not match. This was the subject I had applied to study at university, so the outcome mattered.
“We were asked if we wanted to carry on, and we voted to give it a go. This happened for two of the four ‘A’ level subjects that I took, which was a little disheartening.
“At that time, the grade was based on the exams. I think there would be a bit of uproar today if a school entered candidates for the wrong exams.”
And it appears even our reporters had a tough time with exams.
Junior reporter Donna-Louise Bishop said: “Working as a journalist it is industry standard to pass your 100 words per minute shorthand exam.
“In 2009 my shorthand speed was at its peak and I was ready. The exam was going so well but during the last few seconds the ‘hoot’ of an owl took me by surprise and not only did I miss what was being read but I had also forgotten what had just been said, leaving a massive gap in my transcript and my grades.
“But over the next four years I managed to pick myself up again and pass that exam. Granted it took another whopping fourteen times but I am proud to say I got there in the end.”
Senior reporter Lucy Wright was devastated when she did not get her predicted grades.
She said: “After gaining some of the top AS level results in the country, I was calm and collected when it came to A-level results day. But I wasn’t prepared for the results I received - two predicted As had slipped to Bs and I had lost my place at Aston University.
“A dozen frantic phone calls and a lot of tears later, I had secured a place through clearing and was on a train to London to celebrate.
“Falling short of your expected grades may feel like the end of the world, but for me it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.”