My AS students just sat the Edexcel AS French Paper 1 exam on Monday. I am totally disillusioned at the level of difficulty of this new exam. It has been a real challenge this year to even teach the massive amount of content on a wide range of complicated topics as well as a film and the excessive demands of the speaking test. To find the examiners had included in the reading section a literary text from Madame Bovary was the last straw! In what universe could they think that, on top of everything else, a 19th century novel from Flaubert be accessible to AS students ( one year after the old-style GCSE!). I am in a state comprehensive where recruitment is a constant worry and it seems to me that even my most talented students are likely to see that if this is the level of difficulty of AS it is not worth continuing to A Level. Does anyone else have a similar experience?