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PWC Recruitment: Verbal Reasoning 4

The 2008 A level results show that 97.2% of students passed compared with 96.6% in 2007. And 25.9% gained A grades, a rise of 0.6%from the 2007 results. The number of students sitting A levels in 2008 was also up, at a record high of 827,737. 

This high success-rate is causing concerns in some quarters that the exams are getting easier. However the government attributes the annual change to the increased spending on schools over the period. 

Meanwhile the general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, Dr Mary Bousted, has berated teaching methods in schools as spoon-feeding students to pass exams without developing the desire to continue learning or gaining the skills necessary to learn independently. 

Adding to the debate, the general secretary of the University and College Union, Sally Hunt, suggested it is unfair to downplay the students‟ results and the hard work of their teachers. 


Q7 A level results are improving year-on-year. 


A. True
B. False
C. Cannot say 

Cannot say - The passage tells us the there was an increased percentage 
of students passing in 2008 compared with 2007, but we are not told about results from any other years. So we cannot say for sure if results are improving every year.


Q8 A level exams are getting easier.


A. True
B. False 
C. Cannot say 

Cannot say - Some people have expressed concerns that the exams are getting easier, but no evidence of this notion is given in the passage.


Q9 More money was spent on schools in 2008 than in 2007.


A. True 
B. False 
C. C.Cann say 

True - The passage refers to the “the increased spending on schools over the period” and from earlier in the passage we see that “the period” referred to is 2007 to 2008. 

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