A full report usually appears in the December version of epi information (I don't make this anymore), but here are my most important conclusions:
1. ABCD: extra 30 minutes
- There were concerns that some papers (this year B and C) seemed to be longer than average, eating up the extra 30 minutes given to make the paper. The EC's assured us that the papers are made and tested based on the time limits defined in the Exam Regulations (REE). The extra 30 minutes remains extra time for candidates to make the paper, and compensates for slower reading and writing by those who do not do the paper in their native language.
- My advice is to build & practice a methodology for doing the papers without the extra 30 minutes. You can then decide at the exam how to use this.
2. D: lower passing rate in 2018
- Only 33% of candidates got 50 marks or higher this year for the D paper (45% got 45 or higher).