When a ten-year series is not enough

I know Singaporean students take the examinations seriously, but this is ridiculous.

Seen in a classroom today:
  • Chemistry examinations at A Level, 1983-2001
  • Mathematics examinations at A Level, 1982-2003
  • Biology examinations at A Level, 1993-2003

Notice that only the last one fulfils the dictionary definition of the "ten-year series" of examination papers. (The "ten-year series" is a phrase used in local parlance to denote assessment books collating Cambridge examinations from previous years. Students use the ten-year series as practice exams for the real thing.) Two of these books are, in fact, twenty-year series --- which means that the seventeen-/eighteen-year-old students who use these books are doing practice exams that were set before they were even born.

Oy vey.


At 3/23/2005 6:28 am , Blogger Agagooga said...

"Biology examinations at A Level, 1993-2003"

That's 11 years, my dear.

What's it with girls and maths? :)

At 3/23/2005 9:40 am , Blogger Tym said...

Eh, don't suan girls on my blog. I can too count. I just figured 1993-2003 was close enough to a ten-year series to pass without comment. It was the other two titles that made me do a double-take.

At 3/25/2005 3:16 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a recent Secondary 2 GEP common test, we had a 1900's question that came out. Needless to say, we had never expected that.

At 3/27/2005 10:26 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've noticed that for a long time already in 1999 when I was mugging for A's.
All my 'ten-year series' already had questions from the 70's back then.


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