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    Which do you think are harder and what is the difference if any?

    International papers are definitely more difficult, but that may be due to the structure of the questions being different.

    Impossible to compare and find a significant difference really when most key subjects have a new more challenging specification for uk A level and no full A level exams have yet been set. Variations in exam structure and grade boundaries would also have to be taken into account. Looking at maths, where the specifications and exam structure are fairly similar, some IAL unit papers are definitely easier than the uk paper set at the same time (e.g. F1/FP1 last month) though often it looks like it's the other way around. The combined C12 and C34 papers often contain more challenging questions but the grade boundaries appear to be lower.

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    Which do you think are harder and what is the difference if any?
    looking at the grades statistics, at least compared to the CIE A-level and not the GCE UK a levels, maths and physics appear to be easier(?) at least more pupils are able to get an A* in these 2 subjects. I also agree about the core models idk how to start self-studying c12 & c34 but otherwise everything is fine.

    one significant difference is the practical exams in UK A-levels as in chem&bio but in International a levels it's a full-written exam so! same with history uk a level which includes coursework but there's no such in international a level.

    In here, I'm talking about Edexcel board in particular, so take that into account!
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