Analysing the ED209 course results

Now that I’ve come across the overall results for ED209 I’m finding that they’re quite fascinating reading.

For a start, despite everyone knowing about one of the questions in advance, 7 people didn’t answer it!

As expected, most people did the questions on the first two books as the third was a) perceived as harder than the other two and b) much thicker than them. In fact, over twice the number did the other questions and a mere 15% did the question on categorisation and early language development.

The pass rate on the seen question hit 97% and the marks on it were higher across the board with 16% on distinction compared to 7 to 10% at that level on the other questions.

The overall pass rate was 87% which implies that those that failed were largely confined to those that left the exam early and who hadn’t answered three questions. Although that might sound to some non-OU folk like it’s just a matter of sticking through to the end, the OU system is designed to weed people out as early as possible so you’d expect a fairly high pass rate in exams.

Finally, the big numbers on the psychology courses mean that there will be over 200 people doing the resit in April compared to around 500 for a typical normal exam in other subjects. Since the seen question for April is the same as it was in October, it’s unlikely that there’ll be much discussion as to how to go about answering it in forums or blogs though with the 97% pass rate on it that shouldn’t be an issue.

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2 Responses to “Analysing the ED209 course results”

  • Alex says:

    I don’t suppose you could point me in the direction of those course results, could you? I’ve searched for that kind of thing on several courses on the OU site, and never found anything!


    The course results for your own courses appear on your studenthome page ( Once a course is completed, there’s a link for “results” which will contain your results and within that you’ll generally see a link for the overall course results. What you’ll see varies a lot from course to course and over the years too.

  • Alex says:

    Ah, that explains why I couldn’t find any results! I haven’t completed any OU courses yet (although I’ve got two on the go at the moment and begin ED209 in a month!).

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