And we all thought it was just a stereotype.
In the UK's defense though, that diagnostic test is just that, a diagnostic, used to test the overall level of maths ability in the class (since there are no entry test on most university courses, and most courses only require a GCSE in maths), I've taken a diagnostic test, and there were harder questions than that. As for the Chinese problem given, that stuff is usually covered at A level (I.E. the 2 years before uni).
Ad no, I'm not going to solve, I might remember how to do it, but I can't be bothered.
Yay! Stereotypes! I was looking at the first one and I was like "Oh noes!" and then I looked at the British one. I for once actually laughed out loud.
That actually looks kinda fun. I'll print that off and work it, I think.
The British one is a joke.
Now is when I realize that, probably, my only impediment to enter a British University is money.
While I'm not wanting to refute how dumb a lot of the people here are, and I realise they are showing that example to highlight the contrast, it still doesn't actually say which university that test is from. There are a lot of universities here that have obscenely easy entrance requirements, i.e. being able to spell your name correctly given three attempts, as all they probably want is money off people who want to fuck about for three more years. It's not like they're going to be all that bothered how intellectual their students are.
rofl. Nice entry tests, but I am able to do both .
The British one is not an entry test. Its a basic assesment for those alredy in university.
Originally Posted by KyubiNoKitsune
Like I said, the British one is not an entry test, most UK unis don't have entry tests, they only require that you passed highschool maths. The British on is simply used to guage the level of mathematical understsnding of the class at the beggining of the year, the teacher can then tailor the module to help those with a poor understanding, but eventually the class will also be doing stuff like in the Chinese test.
Originally Posted by StealthMoose
The stuff in the chinese test is the same stuff I did at A-level.
Maybe a simple diagram will help:
The fact is, the BBC has blown this out of proportion because they haven't taken into account the differences in the education systems. The fact is there is little difference between the level of education. I merely made this topic as a joke, but it seems that people have misunderstood it.
A little background as to why the BBC posted this story:
Here in the UK there is this stupid misconception that exams have gotten easier (their "evidence" was that more people are getting better grades), despite the fact that most of the people who say this probably can't even remember how to do highschool maths (my dad can't even remember pythagoras). The idiots in the media have also ignored the fact that part of our grades are now determined by coursework.
But as usual, the media knows that people want to read about exams getting easier, so they print these sensationalist stories because it sells well. Whats worse is that the public believes it.
I did questions like this when I was a kid. Are they serious? @_@
meh I can't even remember how to do it anymore. It's one of those things that I learn and then after a few years I would have completely forgotten. :P
yeah, i tend to learn things and forget them right away afterwards too (it's not as if 100% of what we have to learn will be useful anyway)