Today it was revealed (leaked) that an A level maths student need only achieve 55% in the maths examination to be awarded an A grade. This is with the exam board Edexcel and similar numbers are expected with other boards.
When my daughter sat her A level maths in 2001, 80% correct was the required number in order to attract an A grade.
Given that an A grade in mathematics is usually required in order to commence a medical degree, is it acceptable that the score required for an A grade has dropped so far? A doctor must calculate regularly in order to prescribe the correct dosage of medicine for his/her patients, particularly those patients who are in hospital. A mistake could so easily occur when mathematical abilities are poorer. If 80% was required in 2001 why is 55% sufficient today? The curriculum has not changed significantly since 2001.
Will you feel confident about being treated by a medic who scored 55% in his/her A level mathematics?
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