GCSE vs O-Levels: Which is harder?

April 26, 2021

It is the busiest time of the year here at Tutor House, and after months of revising and hard work the time has come where students will be finding out their GCSE results. It's a time of stress, relief, future planning and (hopefully) celebration for many students, not to mention their parents who will be anxiously waiting on the side-lines to see how well their child has done.

It can be hard for parents and other family members/friends to empathise with kids in exam season, partly because it's often been years since they went through it themselves and partly because the 2019 curriculum is vastly different to what they will have studied a couple of decades ago.

We often hear about students and their parents discussing (or, to put it another way, arguing over) whether GCSEs are harder than what most parents would have sat, O-Levels. So, we thought we'd do our bit to put the debate to rest by creating a quick GCSE vs O-Level quiz, where people can test their knowledge and see which exam is harder to pass.

Here’s the quiz, it will tell you which grade you’d get in both exams based on the number of correct answers you get, we wish you the best of luck!

Alex Dyer, founder of Tutor House said,

“It seems like just yesterday that students were taking their GCSEs, and they’re now about to find out their results. Time really does fly! There’s a lot of debate between parents and their kids around whether GCSEs are too hard or too easy, especially compared to the older equivalent, O-Levels – I’m sure my parents argued the latter when it came to my own results!

“We hope by creating this quiz we can offer some insight into what students in 2019 are tested on compared to their grandparents and give both generations the credit they deserve for achieving their grades. If you want to find out which one is easier, take the test and find out!”

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Alex Dyer

Alex is the founder and director of Tutor House and has a degree in Psychology. He has worked in the educational industry for 14 years; teaching Psychology for 8 years at a school in London. He now runs Tutor House, after setting it up in 2012. Alex still tutors every week, he writes for the Huffington Post and has appeared on the BBC and ITV to discuss educational topics. Alex is an educational consultant and UCAS expert, he’s worked with hundreds of students over the years. He’s obsessed with squash, but is distinctly average.

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