Days after GCSE students took to social media to complain of the apparent carnage that was the Edexcel Maths exam, teenagers are celebrating after sitting an “easy” AQA Chemistry paper, with the answer to one question appearing in the wording of another.
After many students were left scratching their heads when they were asked to answer a now-infamous question about Hannah’s sweets, many said they’d scored an easy four marks on Tuesday when they were asked to fill in the blank on question 2a.
— Jack Edwards (@jackbenedwards) June 9, 2015
— Elena Cresci (@elenacresci) June 9, 2015
— ǝqolɔ (@ChloeEvxns) June 9, 2015
question 2a. the main compound of limestone is calcium …
question 5b. calcium carbonate is the main compound of limestone #aqachemistry
— Ally P (@ItsAliceHere) June 9, 2015
— sophie (@sophjedavenport) June 9, 2015
AQA has apologised for featuring the answer to 2a in the wording of 5.
A spokeswoman said: “The answer to Question 2(a)(i), asked students to complete the sentence ‘The main compound in limestone is calcium____’. In Question 5, part of the question states : ‘Limestone is mainly calcium carbonate’.”
“As part of our ongoing quality control checks we noticed that an answer to a one-mark question was given in a longer question later on in the paper. This shouldn’t have happened, and we’re sorry it did.
“As the papers had already been sent out to schools and colleges, we took the view (and informed our regulator, Ofqual) that it was better to leave both questions in than cause unnecessary stress and confusion to students right at the start of the exam.
“We’ll make sure it doesn’t affect students’ grades, but schools can get in touch if they have concerns.“
Last week, the nation’s adults with confronted with the reality of their wilting maths skills, after perplexed students made the following question go viral:
Hannah has 6 orange sweets and some yellow sweets. Overall, she has n sweets. The probability of her taking 2 orange sweets is 1/3.
Prove that: n^2-n-90=0