I have late in the day realised that the GCSE is modular (when did this happen? The famous O levels and A levels we took abroad did not use to be!)
This must be the first place in the world where you have modular paper addressed to the dim , the less dim and the acceptable (a look at the Higher convinced me that the latter is OK but more on a KS3 sense, nothing fancy). Usually modular means covering different aspects of Maths (or anything else) in different exams (I am fine with that, but not different levels of easiness).
Mike: there is nothing political about this issue Mike. It is just a sinister process by the ruling elite (who more or less consists of the same people) of slowly adapting the masses into a lack of ambition via a lack of basic knowledge (numeracy and literacy). When did the GCSE and the A levels became easy? Why? It can not be that people are more dim today than they used to be!
Intermediate level is aimed at grades E to B - 2007 is the last year it is beng examined. The first question is about grade E - the quadratic is probably a C - they don't need the formula at intermediate. You have to score about 75% to get a B.
A sixteen year old who may never do Maths again in his life has to get 75% to get a B at Inter??? I must have a word with my colleagues about re-introducing the A level in Maths for entry to Economics! We can not have people that at the very best have a good knowledge of KS3 getting into a subject that is increasingly quantitative. No wonder we have to do remedial maths for the students , not only in their first, but also in their second year.
Most schools want a B at Higher for A level as the algebraic content of Intermediate is not sufficient preparation for A level.
You can say that again!