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#1 Blackbird77

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 18:41

I got my Grade 1 flute results today - passed with merit party1.gif I'm very happy with this as I thought I only would have scraped a pass but apparently I was 2 marks off a distinction.

This 2 marks away from thing is really starting to haunt me. I was 2 marks off a 1st class degree, 2 marks off a merit for Grade 2 violin and now 2 marks off a distinction for Grade 1 flute.

Anyway, I'm thrilled with my flute result (more than my violin one but that's another thread) so am off riding to celebrate and then stuff my face with chocolate cake rolleyes.gif
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#2 sarah123

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Posted 12 December 2007 - 19:06

Congratulations!!! Think about it this way, 2 marks off distinction is better than 3 marks off, and if you'd got one mark off it, then you'd be even more annoyed, so either way, you win biggrin.gif Enjoy the cake smile.gif
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 22:59

Congratulations Blackbird. Enjoy the cake. party1.gif party1.gif party1.gif
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 23:23

Well done Blackbird! party1.gif
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Posted 12 December 2007 - 23:24

Well done biggrin.gif
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 14:40

I remember reading here that you don't usually get one mark off a merit or distinction so they either mark you down or up if you got 129 - so you might have been 1 mark off instead of 2?


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Posted 13 December 2007 - 15:02

QUOTE(Claudia's Mum @ Dec 13 2007, 02:40 PM) View Post

I remember reading here that you don't usually get one mark off a merit or distinction so they either mark you down or up if you got 129 - so you might have been 1 mark off instead of 2?


I've heard that too, but not on here. Why would they mark you down though, surely they wouldn't knock off a mark just because you were borderline?
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 21:11

Hi Blackbird, I've just been reading your other thread, so congratulations on passing TWO exams in one session, and getting a high merit in one of them! I think you've done brilliantly! hurrah.gif
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 22:01

Congratulations on all your achievements! biggrin.gif
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Posted 13 December 2007 - 23:32

QUOTE(cat_loves_flute @ Dec 13 2007, 03:02 PM) View Post

QUOTE(Claudia's Mum @ Dec 13 2007, 02:40 PM) View Post

I remember reading here that you don't usually get one mark off a merit or distinction so they either mark you down or up if you got 129 - so you might have been 1 mark off instead of 2?


I've heard that too, but not on here. Why would they mark you down though, surely they wouldn't knock off a mark just because you were borderline?


Funnily enough, that makes sense to me.

While 128 marks is a borderline Distinction but you wouldn't feel like "why didn't they mark me up" whereas with 129 marks you would definitely be wondering "why didn't they mark me up".


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#11 LooneyTunes

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Posted 14 December 2007 - 10:28

Well done! That's a great score. party1.gif

I got 128 for my first ever exam - grade 3 piano. I didn't realise I was even close to getting a distinction because I had no benchmark - and teacher saying 'you'll never make it'........ I thought she meant I wouldn't pass! ph34r.gif Which is why I ended up doing grade 4 next sitting....... rolleyes.gif
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Posted 14 December 2007 - 15:14

128 is a score to be proud of. Well done.
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Posted 16 December 2007 - 10:08

Well done!


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Posted 16 December 2007 - 15:53

I was told by a teacher that examiners don't give 119 or 129 because that leaves it too open to claims of "why not the one mark up?"
so in effect 118 and 128 are very very good marks where on the day the examiner didn't feel the performance was quite Merit or Distinction.

so you should be really proud of the result!
Well done.
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Posted 18 December 2007 - 16:03

QUOTE(Blackbird77 @ Dec 12 2007, 06:41 PM) View Post

I got my Grade 1 flute results today - passed with merit party1.gif I'm very happy with this as I thought I only would have scraped a pass but apparently I was 2 marks off a distinction.

This 2 marks away from thing is really starting to haunt me. I was 2 marks off a 1st class degree, 2 marks off a merit for Grade 2 violin and now 2 marks off a distinction for Grade 1 flute.

Anyway, I'm thrilled with my flute result (more than my violin one but that's another thread) so am off riding to celebrate and then stuff my face with chocolate cake rolleyes.gif


21, 22, 21 - sounds like the x-files ooo!

congratulations by the way, well done!
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