That line from a famous song seems to be somewhat appropriate for this paper. In general, students are saying the paper wasn’t much like the past years papers that they have done previously.
It is quite frustrating when the format of the exam (and the ‘coded questions’) get in the way of being able to show what you have learned.
The examiners will of course contest this, believing their questions are designed to probe the learning requirements of the paper.
Well, personally, I think that for whatever reason(s), are overlooking things that they do which could be better and would be best avoided.
I think all the exam boards could (even if possibly to lesser extents) be accused of not being so clear in presentation of their questions. Also, don’t forget this…. all students of P42 will face exactly the same struggle. It will all be reflected in the grade boundaries they set. If you’ve worked well over the last year, then you have very little to fear from the exam.
The chief examiner explained a bit about the examination question process. The different stages of review often lead to alternative answers / ways of accomplishing the questions, having a broad set of acceptable answers hence marks.
Of if you struggled, just put it behind you. Refocus (some have Physics paper 52 tomorrow). So just give them all best shot and keep punching your way through the exams.
UPDATE: 14th My 2016…. Tq Faiz (one of my July 2014 students) for pointing me to the MUST WATCH post Paper42 video…