Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Exams!!

It has come upon us, as a home..............

G.C.S.E.s
(Dum dum duuuuuum)

It is terrifying! For us, as much as him (the teen). Why is it scary? Let us count the ways..

1. My baby is growing up, in many ways he is now classed as an adult.

2. This is it. What he does now, pretty much, defines how the rest of his life goes.

3. This is just the beginning. After this there will be higher education, driving theory tests, driving tests. The tests that start now, just keep going.

4. This is the first step towards my baby leaving, growing up and stuff!

Is that enough for you? Add to that, my tween is about to start the local Comprehensive, it all adds up to me feeling very sick..........and old!

On a serious note
This is hard for the teen. He has put a lot of time and effort into getting through these exams, with good results. It is exhausting. 
He received his exam timetable the other day, this is a snapshot:

Can you remember what that felt like? I know I wouldn't want to go back there.

Then you have the joy of dealing with the WJEC, the examining board. The examining board that, in it's infinite wisdom, decided to change the way it marked it's English exams........

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR!??!

There is plenty of waffle information, on the Internet, to tell you why they did this. But none of it excuses the fact that children (they are still children), who normally get A or A*, were suddenly getting D's or lower?!

My son was a victim to this, as his exam was marked as a D, he was expecting a B. In their good grace(?!) they are allowing the teens to sit the exam again, free of charge. Isn't that nice of them?

So on top of the normal stress, they now have to worry about failing a very important exam. This is not right!

So exam season is upon us. 
How are you coping? 
Does sitting exams get easier?
Does being a parent of a child sitting exams get easier?!

12 comments:

  1. My boy is in the 4th year of his Masters and is still stressing about his exams. Even though he's always been a straight A student, with A* in many of his exams! he still feels the pressure. We try to tell him that we are so proud of him and if he ends up with a 2:1 instead of the first he should get, we will still be happy that he's done his best. There's pressure from all sides, and I think they push themselves. I wish your boy the best.

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    1. Thank you for your well wishes.
      It's so hard for them isn't it? I hope your son does well too x

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  2. I remember reviewing for this in high school. And it is scary and I was happy when I finished it only to find out that life after that will all be exams =P University exams, medical exams, every uni exams =P

    Recently I am studying for an exam as well. It is.. scary and its giving me sleepless nights so I think your son deserves so more loving during these times. Give him lots of moral support and quiet time to study and remind him to rest a bit as his brain needs a bit of a break sometimes.
    #pocolo

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    1. We are trying to make sure he takes plenty of breaks and making sure we support him in every way. Good luck with your exams! xx

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  3. My daughter is just about to do her year 6 SATS. These are her first formal exams so although not on par with GCSEs it's a major step for her. Good luck to your son! #pocolo

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    1. Any test is major, it just never seems to end x

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  4. Dun dun duuuun indeed! I have two more years before my teen tackles his GCSEs, next year will be his mocks! So naturally I am already fretting for him!! But good luck to your teens exams!!! #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you! It is more stressful than when I was doing them! x

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  5. We have a few years yet, although over here in the US my son will has first taste of exams with the MCAS next year (they start sitting them in third grade), he'll only be eight! Good luck to you and your son!

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    1. Eight is so young, isn't it? My tween has already had a number of tests, but these big ones are so scary x

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  6. This is such a worrying time - for everyone involved I think! Grace has her first bunch of SATS in May and I am starting to wonder how she will take it. I do hope all goes well for him..and you! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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    1. It is scarier then I was sitting them a few *cough* years ago!
      Thanks for hosting xx

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