Any thoughts about this year`s listening exam? My students thought it much more straightforward than the 2011 paper they did in their Mock. In fact, they felt disgruntled that there was only one of the longer style questions referring to metre, rhythm and dynamics we`ve spent ages preparing for. The melodic dictation seemed to cause no problems, but the identification of rhythms (particularly Q6) was more problematic (usually it is the other way around). This is the third year for this syllabus and this style of listening paper. I was disappointed that was there was little opportunity for my higher level students to `shine` via the longer answer questions. There were too many closed questions.