Former chief schools inspector Mike Tomlinson, who checked AS and A-levels were properly graded, said forcing AS-level
pupils to do all their exam papers for each subject in one day may have caused "unevenness of performance".
Plans to allow sixth-formers an unlimited number of AS-level
resits are being considered by the exams authority.
THE reliability of this year's AS-level
grades is being investigated by the A-levels inquiry, a spokesman for chairman Mike Tomlinson said.
"Many of the UK's leading universities, including Cambridge, have recognised the predictive value of AS-level
for final A-level achievement and have resisted Michael Gove's move to have them de-coupled.
The 10-year-old computer whizz scored a C grade in his computing AS-level
"I'm working harder now and in the summer 2006 retakes I got four A grades at AS-level
The 14 and 15-year-olds took their AS-level
statistics paper at St David's Catholic Sixth Form College in Cardiff, this month.
William achieved three As at A-level as well as two As at a AS-level
The Prudhoe High School pupil also scooped a B in AS-level
While the 392 second-year students were celebrating their A-level successes today, the remaining 439 first-year students received their AS-level
The second problem was the introduction of the new AS-Level
, which was rushed through in the early years of the Labour Government.
The rise in passes and A-grades came despite a fall in the number of entries from 748,866 to 701,380, suggesting sixth formers were dropping subjects they struggled with at AS-Level