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DancerDancer Bog Off Justine!Posts: 5,397 Part of The Furniture
Hi,

As most of you probably know I am currently in year 10 so I thankfully don't have to do my exams until next year although I have heard a lot of stuff about mocks. What exactly are the mock exams, how significant are they and would they also be for coursework based subjects such as Health and Social Care and Photography or are they just for certain subjects? Are mock exams external (sent to the exam board) or internal (marked by the school?)
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  • natalie_bnatalie_b Posts: 40 Moderator
    Mocks are practise exams that allow you to see how much of the exam content you know really well and what things you need to learn. They are usually not worth anything towards your final qualification (GSCE in your case @Dancer). However they may be used to give you a target grade, or even as the final grade in extenuating circumstances, for example if you cannot sit the exam.

    Usually you won’t have a sit down mock exam for a subject unless there will be a final exam. However they may do a mock coursework run through. Usually mock exams are marked by your teachers and not sent off to the board, they are really just for yours and your teachers use to gage where you are.

    Hope this answers all your questions! Good luck I’m sure you will smash them ❤️
  • natalie_bnatalie_b Posts: 40 Moderator
    I will add that you should check out all your questions with a teacher, just to make sure. As things can vary from school to school! :)
  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,397 Part of The Furniture
    Thank you so much for that. One of the subjects I do has no exams, one of the subjects that I do has an exam component at the end and one of the subjects has an exam at the end but the rest of it is coursework.
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  • DancerDancer Bog Off Justine! Posts: 5,397 Part of The Furniture
    These are the subjects that I do and what would be happening if GCSE exams are going ahead next year.

    Sports Leadership: No exams- all coursework
    Citizenship: Exams
    Spanish: Exams
    Photography: No actual exam paper but there is an exam component done over about 12 weeks
    Health and Social Care: Exam
    Dance: Exam paper and also some videos for exam board
    Maths: Exams
    English: Exams
    Science: Exams
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  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 81 Budding Regular
    Those are some really awesome subjects @Dancer !!! Particularly dance and photography - I would have loved to have done such rewarding subjects at school (totally agree with everything Natalie said too, mocks are usually just about seeing how you're doing and I am sure things will be okay).
  • coc0maccoc0mac Posts: 833 Part of The Mix Family
    Sounds like a great mix of subjects @Dancer :blush:

    How are you feeling about the idea of mocks? :heart:
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck EnglandPosts: 297 The Mix Regular
    edited April 14
    do you start mocks in year 10? im in year 9 now and yeah, know nothing about them
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  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 81 Budding Regular
    Good question @LorryTruck :) Yeah so in the UK, usually mock exams do not begin until Year 10 around January time and as said above the purpose is to have a baseline of how you are doing at the time. (Obviously most schools do not expect students to get really high grades because you're only like 4 months into learning GCSE content). Schools are meant to give lots of warning so that you have enough time to revise - that way any worries can be minimised <3

    How have you found any of the exams that you've done this year? :3
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck EnglandPosts: 297 The Mix Regular
    @AislingDM Thanks for answering.

    theyve been ok.
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  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 81 Budding Regular
    No worries @LorryTruck ! I'm glad to hear they've been going well - I know they can be really stressful for some people, so I'm happy that people are talking about their experiences with tests :)
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck EnglandPosts: 297 The Mix Regular
    @AislingDM omgs there sometimes SO hard.
    like i've just had a science test and it was hard
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  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 81 Budding Regular
    Bless your heart @LorryTruck <3 I can't imagine how frustrating that must be for you. Coming away from a test and worrying about it being difficult is never comfortable! Like you deserve to feel relaxed about and enjoy your education!! I know for me that science was always a tough subject, so I'm right there with you! =)

    I'm curious what about the science test was hard this time around?
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck EnglandPosts: 297 The Mix Regular
    @AislingDM Thank you so much. Yeah. I really want to enjoy my education, but I can't because it's so stressful. Science is probably the hardest I have to do, beside maths.

    The science test - A lot of it wasn't taught because of lockdown, and a lot of it was to do with practical's we couldn't do because of covid.

    And I got my score back and it was really bad :s , well i got more than the average mark in the class, but still :s

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    - Erin Hanson.
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 81 Budding Regular
    I'm so right there with you @LorryTruck maths and science are my toughest too. It really does make sense for it to cause you distress, especially if you have teachers reminding you of the importance of tests. Oh bless you hun, like as you say over the average mark is better than below, but when it's not what you were looking for/hoping to get that feels quite irrelevant :( I'm curious do the teacher's at least give feedback on tests?

    One thing that my dad told me a few years back that has really stuck with me is 'it's really unlikely that something that happens to you at 19 is going to stay with you forever' (obv this depends on the situation) and sometimes I feel really happy when I remember it because I know I can try again in a worst-case scenario and other times the quote annoys me haha but maybe it will bring you some comfort (just swap out 19 for your age xx)
    LorryTruck
  • LorryTruckLorryTruck EnglandPosts: 297 The Mix Regular
    Teachers do give feedback yes.

    I hope what I do now won't stay with me forever, that wouldnt be good.

    I start my GCSE option choices next year. :s
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    - Erin Hanson.
  • espurrierviespurriervi Posts: 5 Confirmed not a robot
    Dancer wrote: »
    Hi,

    As most of you probably know I am currently in year 10 so I thankfully don't have to do my exams until next year although I have heard a lot of stuff about mocks. What exactly are the mock exams, how significant are they and would they also be for coursework based subjects such as Health and Social Care and Photography or are they just for certain subjects? Are mock exams external (sent to the exam board) or internal (marked by the school?)

    Hi! Just here to say please please out effort into your mocks, people around you may say they're useless but theyre a great measure of how you're doing and what areas you may need to revise before your actual exams :)
    treat yourself with kindness
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