Prediction - the hardest exams in Mathematics (and English) for decades result in incredibly low grade boundaries and students having a bad experience in the exam room. From what I have seen so far, paper 3 seems the worst - nice to leave students with such a negative image of mathematics - well done to the exam boards if this happens. Droves of otherwise bright mathematicians will end up not choosing Mathematics (and English) A level, resulting in elitism at A level with sky high grade boundaries. An already crisis situation of recruiting to the profession (especially Mathematics and English but most probably Science as well) in about 6 years time will become far more real - who would want to join the teaching profession with the pull of so much more money in industry as an increasingly rare University Graduate in mathematics? I hope I am wrong, but I think, in trying to raise standards in education in Mathematics and English, it may cause the opposite effect as tens of thousands of competent mathematicians choose not to continue their studies in the subject post-16 and the average ability in the country takes a downward spiral for the next decade. Could this possibly be true?