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 Post subject: Real past papers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:27 pm 
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I was wondering if it was possible to get hold of actual past papers? I realise that I can purchase various versions on this site but I was interested to know if it was possible to get hold of real papers that had been sat in the past to see the layout/difficulty/variety of questions etc. Many thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Real past papers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:05 pm 
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It's not possible. A closely guarded secret!


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 Post subject: Re: Real past papers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:24 pm 
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Ooooh! I wonder why, seeing as they're now redundant papers. I would have thought they'd be really useful but, as they change every year, not any conduit to cheating in anyway? Can't think why students couldn't take a look at them. Maybe it's the same with past GCSE's and A levels?


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 Post subject: Re: Real past papers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:31 pm 
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from what i can remember the tests are set by Nfer/GL so the format will be the same as the GL papers.


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 Post subject: Re: Real past papers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:42 pm 
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As the kids are not allowed to write on the papers there has been suggestion that they are re-cycled in some way. Also, apparently, there are occasionally question types on there not covered by practice VR papers (my DS said there was a type he hadn't encountered before a few years ago). If we were privvy to all the 'tricks' the examiners had up their sleeves then what fun would that be?? :roll: The practice papers are examplars of questions which may possibly appear on the actual test. I think we have all wished to see exactly what is on there but alas...no chance :lol: Even should one go to appeal (and request to see the child's test) you do not get to see the question paper, only the child's answer sheet.


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 Post subject: Re: Real past papers
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:49 pm 
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How mysterious! Thanks for everyone's help though.


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 Post subject: Re: Real past papers
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:41 am 
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One of the papers is re-used every x years, although new papers are introduced from time to time just in case someone has managed to get hold of a one of the old papers. The other paper is new each time.

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