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A-levels: Row over maths standards

A fresh row over A-level standards broke out as it was disclosed that a third of A grade mathematics students failed the Cambridge University entrance exam.

By Amy Willis and Graeme Paton
Published: 10:00PM BST 21 Aug 2009, The Daily Telegraph (front page)

Hundreds of top students with offers to study the subject were rejected after failing the maths test set by the university to identify the brightest candidates.

Geoff Parks, head of admissions, suggested that it was difficult to pick out the most able sixth-formers based on A-levels alone.

The disclosure comes just days after students celebrated another round of record results. The number of passes increased for the 27th year in a row while more than a quarter of entries was graded an A.

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