Hi just wondering how people found yesterday's exams?
I found them generally OK with a few very strange / ambiguous questions, mdroz. 'Expansion' in paper 1 and the so-called compaction diagram in paper 2... and I wished I'd read up about wormeries! How about you?
I think it's the same every year always at least one or two left field questions. In my year it was Comfrey Tea which although I had not done it I did know the principles but it threw a lot of people. Don't panic too much no one gets 100%.
Don't worry, I'm not panicking. No point.
There were indeed some pretty left field questions - your comfrey tea was our wormery! There were also some that were so easy that we all wondered if we'd read them right. Hopefully the two will balance each other out. But the two I mentioned were so ambiguous that of about 20 people, not one of us is sure what the 'right' answer was, even afterwards.
When we were looking at past papers with our tutor there was one which even he had to look at the examiners report to work out what they wanted, cant remember what it was now. He even contacted the head examiner to complain about the ambiguity but of course all he got was a bland reply about all the questions being checked & agreed by a panel.
Yes, I can imagine that would be the response! We did wonder whether a first draft had accidentally got through or something. All but those two were fine, but I'm really curious about what they wanted - still no idea nor any idea how to work it out. Am going on to the next course in a couple of weeks - will ask the tutor his opinion.
Yes I was back at Capel Manor yesterday & saw my old tutor, I mentioned the exam & he shares our view about left field questions. He says they seem to have this idea about putting in "topical" subjects even if they are a very minor part of gardening. He does not like it but accepts that they just have to try to prepare students as best they can. It will be interesting to see the examiners report later in the year that will be the only way of knowing what it is they were expecting. Hopefully there should be enough marks available on other questions for it not to matter too much.