35,000 students brace for O/A-Level exams
KARACHI, May 3(Daily Times): Thirty-five thousand
students are scheduled to sit this year for the Cambridge International
Examinations (CIE) O-, AS- and A-Levels that will start next week Tuesday.
The number of candidates has gone up significantly from last year, said
the examination director of the British Council Karachi, Asim Khan. Every year, 610,000 entries are received for the
international O-Levels exam from 76 countries, while 90,000 entries were
received internationally for the A-Levels and AS-Levels exams, taken in over 100
This year the exams will not take place at Regent Plaza Hotel
due to some technical matters and DHA Public School, Karachi Grammar School and
St Michael's High School are centers.
The first exams, both O-Levels,
are Physics (Practical) 3 and Physics (Alternative to Practical) 4 on May 8,
Tuesday. The last exam is on Friday, June 15, AS-Level Biology (Multiple Choice)
1, A-Level Accounting (Multiple Choice) 3 and AS-Level Economics (Multiple
Choice) 3. A-Level exams begin with Urdu on May 14.
Mahboob Sadiq said that due to the generalisation of subjects, regardless of
whether they fall in the category of science, arts or commerce, there was too
long a gap between multiple papers for a particular subject. "I have to sit
three exams this year. The first and second exams are more than a week apart,
while the third exam is on the very next day of the second exam. This huge gap
makes a student lose concentration while no gap at all makes preparation
difficult," he said.
Sariq Amin, who is appearing for his AS-Level
examination privately, complained about the placement of the practical
examination canters. "My examination center is St Michael's School but the
practical examination will take place at an unannounced location." According to
him, searching for the practical examination center would be tedious and if the
center was far from where he lived, it would become an even bigger problem.
Danial Siddiqui, who has been teaching O- and A-Level students for the
past four years, pointed out another problem with the examination schedule. "The
O-Level English Papers I and II have been scheduled for the same day with only a
10-minute gap in between. Also, the O-Level Chemistry exam will take place on
the same day in the second half. So, candidates who have to sit both exams would
face a real nightmare."
According to the pre-decided examination
schedule, the exam session for 2007 formally starts on May 5 when the IGCSE