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Guestbook Archive - September 2013

Will there be new issues for AS level Edexcel revision guide for the new 2013 specification for Biology and Chemistry as im not sure buying the cgp book which follows for the 2008 specification will confuse me or make no difference?

megha patel — pinner, United Kingdom — 28 Sep 2013 at 14:39:44

Guestbook Editor: Hello — AS-Level specifications have been largely the same since 2008, and they're still not changing in 2013 (although there won't be any January exams from now on). We always keep our books up-to-date with any minor adjustments, so everything you need will be covered!

Last we heard, the government's plan was to launch the first batch of new AS-Level specs in September 2015, so there's a bit of a wait yet.

Pasta with spicy sausage sauce.
(Well you did ask!!!)

Suzi — Fielding, United Kingdom — 26 Sep 2013 at 10:53:05

Guestbook Editor: Crikey.

Thanks for expediting my order. Sardines on toast tonight.

Stuart Davies — Barnstaple, United Kingdom — 24 Sep 2013 at 09:04:56

Guestbook Editor: Tonight, sardines; tomorrow, a delivery of CGP books. You have so much to look forward to.

Mr. Gove says there will not be any SATs Maths test "with calculator" anymore. Will that start in May 2014? If so, will you have Exam Papers to allow for this change, soon ... or when? ... please :-) Thank you.

Suzanne — Leicester, United Kingdom — 22 Sep 2013 at 15:16:26

Guestbook Editor: Yes, absolutely — our updated, calculator-free KS2 Maths Practice Papers are available now, and have been given the nod by the Standards and Testing Agency. Choose from Set 1 and Set 2. Enjoy!

I recieved A grades in all my GCSE's thanks to CGP books! I have just purchased the AQA AS-Level Biology Student Book to use for revision. My school asked us to purchase the AS Biology book by Michael Kent, which seems to go into a lot more detail than the CGP book I have. I was just wondering if this extra detail is unnecessary? If I revised solely from the CGP book would I have all the information needed for the exams? Thankyou.

Emma — Cambridge, United Kingdom — 22 Sep 2013 at 11:18:49

Guestbook Editor: Hello! All CGP books are planned and written to tell you exactly what you need to know for your exams, so no worries there. In the case of the AS Biology book you have, the writers slept with a copy of the AQA specification under their pillows every night so that they could refer to it around the clock.

Oh, and congratulations on your GCSE results, by the way.

No Drama Book......?? Is it as undervalued by your company as Mr Gove seems to think it is?
Please cater for all students!

BS — Nottingham, United Kingdom — 21 Sep 2013 at 17:09:52

Guestbook Editor: We'd love to cater for all students (in fact, we've just released a new book for GCSE Catering), but there are so many subjects out there. Maybe one day we'll catch them all.

(Commenting on book HWRR43, GCSE History OCR B: Modern World History Revision Guide (A*-G course)

I was planning to buy these for our GCSE students but won't because the book doesn't include the Depth Study we follow.

Kath Viala — London, United Kingdom — 20 Sep 2013 at 12:45:16

Just got back from two weeks holiday in the sun and can't believe how much I've missed my CGP books. I'm going to take them all with me next time I go away!

Steve Goacher — Brough, United Kingdom — 20 Sep 2013 at 11:10:05

Guestbook Editor: Hmm. I suppose our Revision Guides make more entertaining holiday reading than most books by *well-known author's name redacted to avoid potential litigation*.

Wow CGP is great! at first I wanted to buy things from WHSMITH they were also CGP but they didn't have all these great books and they didn't have as much but today I found this website and I'm loving it already!

Kiana Sedaghatkish — manchester, United Kingdom — 19 Sep 2013 at 21:59:14

Guestbook Editor: Welcome aboard.

Hi, I loved your books when I was doing my GCSEs, but I was wondering whether you could do AS and A2 Law books too?

Nicole — Liverpool, United Kingdom — 18 Sep 2013 at 20:11:12

Guestbook Editor: We could, and we might... but probably not just yet, sorry. Great to hear you found the GCSE books useful.

Excellent reviews and recommendations from a colleague...looking forward to my delivery

hippychic — West Midlands, United Kingdom — 18 Sep 2013 at 18:58:10

Don't eat worms

Bobby Tables — Basingstoke, United Kingdom — 18 Sep 2013 at 17:13:11

Guestbook Editor: But they're so delicious!

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Turtle — Hammer, United Kingdom — 18 Sep 2013 at 16:38:45

I love your books. i have got loads. Can u make a health and social care one?

ritik — London, United Kingdom — 17 Sep 2013 at 18:21:22

(Commenting on book HPM43, GCSE History Schools History Project The Revision Guide (A*-G course)

Still no Crime and Punishment? A shame in view of the 300 students I teach!

R Reynolds — Stratford upon Avon, United Kingdom — 17 Sep 2013 at 14:59:05

Guestbook Editor: I'm not sure whether it's the number of students that's most significant here, or their criminal tendencies. Either way, apologies for the lack of Crime and Punishment coverage.

(Commenting on book SPHR43, GCSE Spanish Revision Guide - Higher (A*-G course)

I have read that this guide is full of errors. Is that right? Is there a new edition which has rectified the mistakes?

siobhan campbell — bristol, United Kingdom — 16 Sep 2013 at 21:53:01

Guestbook Editor: Er, "full of errors" might be putting it a bit strongly, but we have made a few minor corrections each time we've reprinted this book. The latest edition (which is the one you'll get if you order through our website) was printed in May 2013 and is even more correct than ever!

Had great understanding with the CGP textbooks I own but really need one for AS Physics for Edexcel, will there be a CGP textbook coming out soon?

Lewis — London, United Kingdom — 15 Sep 2013 at 22:22:18

Guestbook Editor: It's not something we're working on at the moment, I'm afraid. But there's always our Complete Revision & Practice book to tide you over.

Have you considered adding a Paypal option to your payments section? I find it simple, fast and secure and prefer it to inputting my card details each time.

Margo Pownall — Leek, United Kingdom — 15 Sep 2013 at 10:17:51

I love CGP's revision guides - no other book compares to them! I've already bought 9 of them! All I need now is an Ancient History CGP GCSE revision guide and I will have all the revision guides I need for my GCSE's...

Sunil Tanda — Derby, United Kingdom — 14 Sep 2013 at 12:59:36

CGP revision guides is for me one of the clearest books that i can find to revise with. However i am concerned with some of the pictures that you display on these guides e.g. AQA revision guides.

Ahmed — Manchester, United Kingdom — 13 Sep 2013 at 16:41:19

These books are fantastic! Nothing, and I MEAN nothing beats them for exam prep. I owe all of my GCSE grades to CGP, and I'm sure a lot of other teens around the country do too. Thank you for being fabulous. (And for posting a picture of a toilet with the caption 'Pete's bog' on the GCSE Biology text book - genius!)

Fatemeh Moussavi — North East, United Kingdom — 11 Sep 2013 at 22:03:11

Guestbook Editor: You're welcome. Being fabulous comes naturally to us.

Brilliant books! They've really helped me alot through my GCSE's helping me achieve A grades. I have just bought the A level biology, chemistry and maths books. It would have been great if you had any A level Philosophy and Ethics books.

Sara — Aylesbury, United Kingdom — 11 Sep 2013 at 19:15:39

Love these books! Use them for homework, practising skills learnt in class. The children love them too. I really like the 'I can...' at the bottom of each task. The children can add their own assessment. For me that is the best bit. I hope you will be updating them / keeping them going even with all the new curriculum changes? And by the way I am having 'Old fashioned Chicken Pie' for tea tonight.

Sue Isaacs — Husborne Crawley, United Kingdom — 11 Sep 2013 at 14:58:52

Guestbook Editor: Mmm, chicken pie... sounds dreamy.

Sorry, I was miles away then. But yes, you can rest assured that our books will be keeping pace with all the curriculum changes the government can throw at us. We've got a team of researchers trawling through Michael Gove's dustbin every night to make sure we've got the most up-to-date information.

(Commenting on book SEHR44, GCSE Core Science Edexcel Revision Guide - Higher (with online edition)

These books are brilliant. I used the core, additional and extension revision guides for my GCSE's and achieved A*'s in all 9 exams, which i'm sure wouldn't be possible without the help from these books :-) i strongly advise you to purchase them!

sophie — manchester, United Kingdom — 08 Sep 2013 at 16:09:14

I've just started my IGCSE AQA science courses and I heard there might be some revision books coming shortly for them. Is that true? :)

Tom — London, United Kingdom — 08 Sep 2013 at 11:30:44

Guestbook Editor: Yes, it's true! In fact, our new Revision Guides for AQA Certificate Biology, Chemistry and Physics will be available later this week. (Give us a call on 0800 1712 712 if you'd like to order in advance.) We're also working on Exam Practice Workbooks to match, due later this autumn.

So, basically I was reading my maths book and I was startled by the cow page. I mean seriously, why was there a cow page, thoroughly disappointed. So much so I quit my AS Levels and turned to a career in poker.

Poker — King, United Kingdom — 06 Sep 2013 at 16:15:58

Guestbook Editor: Fair enough. You should probably keep your AS Maths book, though — the Probability section might come in handy for improving your poker skills.

Love your books. I was wondering if there is a mistake in the GCSE Music Complete Revision and Practice book (purple). Pages 26-27 on an extract from Sonata Pathetique by Beethoven (1st movement I believe, first two bars). Question (a)(iii) asks for the interval between the lowest and highest notes in the right-hand chord at the letter b. The answers say minor 7th, but I think it is a diminished 7th as it is a B natural (indicated at the beginning of the bar) to A flat (in the key signature). Is this a mistake or did I miss something?

Sam — Exeter, United Kingdom — 06 Sep 2013 at 10:53:03

Guestbook Editor: No, you're right — this should be a diminished 7th. Our apologies. We'll correct this next time we reprint the book. Good to hear you're loving the books apart from this accidental mishap.

Please add Italian to your KS3 and KS4 languages books

Nicole Cherry — Birmingham, United Kingdom — 05 Sep 2013 at 14:45:31

I am writing to congratulate you. The maths books you produce are second to none, I've just achieved an A (near enough A*) at GCSE maths. I have come from a G grade. Your books and my determination were the only reasons my grade could be achieved as I was labeled as "stupid" by friends beforehand. I am continuing on to take maths and further maths at A level along with chemistry and physics. And yes. I've already purchased your books, what others would I get?

Morgan — Matlock, United Kingdom — 05 Sep 2013 at 13:23:42

Guestbook Editor: We should be congratulating you... that's an excellent result all round. We hope your friends are suitably apologetic.

Are you going to make an AS-Level Law book?

Callum Stukins — Wisbech, United Kingdom — 05 Sep 2013 at 09:32:48

What are the chances of AQA Further Maths revision/text books being released before the Summer 2014 exams?

James — Wellingborough , United Kingdom — 01 Sep 2013 at 13:35:51

Guestbook Editor: I'm going to contradict my previous answer to this question (see below) and say that we probably won't have a Further Maths book before next year's exams. (It depends a bit on the government's announcements about the new A-Level courses that are in the pipeline, so let's put this one down to Circumstances Beyond Our Control.) Sorry!