BBC News - Tough new O-Levels to replace GCSEs under Gove plan Long overdue or unnecessary change? No doubt some of Gove's mates in the private sector will swoop in to deliver and design the new exam. GCSEs were a farce when I did them ~11 years ago. One of the questions for GCSE Physics paper was something like "Which one of these emits light? A) A dog; B) A stick; C) A Lightbulb; D) A Brick". I still got it wrong.