How To Get An A-star

Actress Imogen Stubbs investigates how to achieve an A* grade at A-level.

A-level results come out soon and some of the pupils who gave it their all will achieve the new A* grade, which has just been introduced.

But what is the magic ingredient that adds the star?

Imogen Stubbs has watched her children go thorough the agonizing experience of exams and has often wondered who the people are who set the questions and how they mark them.

In 'How to get an A*' she goes on a quest to discover what it actually takes to achieve the new A*.

She talks to teachers, pupils and examiners.

Imogen also enlists the help of actor Adam Long and her husband, director Trevor Nunn who have both agreed to sit one A-level Shakespeare exam question and see how they get on when they have it graded by a genuine examiner who does not know who they are.

Producer: Lore Windemuth

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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Actress Imogen Stubbs investigates how to achieve an A* grade at A-level.

A-level results come out soon and some of the pupils who gave it their all will achieve the new A* grade, which has just been introduced.

But what is the magic ingredient that adds the star?

Imogen Stubbs has watched her children go thorough the agonizing experience of exams and has often wondered who the people are who set the questions and how they mark them.

In 'How to get an A*' she goes on a quest to discover what it actually takes to achieve the new A*.

She talks to teachers, pupils and examiners.

Imogen also enlists the help of actor Adam Long and her husband, director Trevor Nunn who have both agreed to sit one A-level Shakespeare exam question and see how they get on when they have it graded by a genuine examiner who does not know who they are.

Producer: Lore Windemuth

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.