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October 08, 2002

UK A-level Fiasco

In the UK, tens of thousands of students are to have their A-level exams re-examined due to a row over alleged grade fixing. The case blew up when the government was forced to deny claims that they had pressured exam boards to downgrade the results of tests which were judged by some to have become too easy. Following an inquiry, the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA exam boards agreed to review the tests of over 90,000 students in 18 subjects, including English literature. No grades will be reduced as a result of the review, but there may be considerable confusion for students who have already started at universities that were not their first choice.

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