or even an A for that matter? A2 essays content marks much lower than expected. I thought they were well prepared. They came out feeling good about it. They had practised the essay before (by fluke, although there are only so many htings they can be asked) and still nobody got in the top band for content. A2 speaking also no-one higher than a B, and some of them were so fluent and really surprised me with what they came up with. These are only A Level candidates for gods sake, what do they want from them??? This is AQA by the way. I can only think that you have to be a native speaker to get the top grades these days in German. Anyone agree? I just don't get it. I even have years of practice as an an examiner for the old lit paper on AQA, so would have though i an barking up the right tree with what i am teaching my kids. I'll have to get the photocopies i think, but would feel compforted if i wasn; the only one puzzled. I definately feel that AQA have lost touch with what they are expecting and what the average A'Level kid shoul dbe able to do. And if one more person tells me record numbers of As and A*s in a levels this year bla bla bla. Definately not in state schools MFL as far as i can see. I GIVE IN!