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    Well?
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    Neither. Good universities don't accept them. But I was forced to take General Studies and it was very easy, so I'll say GS!
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    Good universities don't accept them.
    Really? I know about GS, but critical thinking is a bit like philosophy. Weird :confused:
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    (Original post by Lauren)
    Neither. Good universities don't accept them. But I was forced to take General Studies and it was very easy, so I'll say GS!
    Lol i wasn't trying to say that either was exactly advanced chemistry or history, just interested in what is seen as more of an indicator of ability. You are right, GS is easy, i got 120/120 in one module with a pre release booklet requiring at least 3 hours of prior study which I didn't so much as flick through before the exam :confused:
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    General studies is totally pointless. I did no work throughout the year, along with no revision for the exams and came out with 270/300...
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    (Original post by Aired)
    General studies is totally pointless. I did no work throughout the year, along with no revision for the exams and came out with 270/300...
    Well if you can do GCSE maths and know what goes on in the Guardian, then it is easy to pass, yeah. However it still means that i can now say i got AAAA at A level, so ill take it
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    (Original post by Lauren)
    Neither. Good universities don't accept them. But I was forced to take General Studies and it was very easy, so I'll say GS!

    I'd beg to differ! Critical Thinking is HIGHLY REGARDED by top unis (esp. Oxbridge). It is also by far the hardest AS to achieve a Grade A-C in (something like 8% get an A)

    NB: Parts of it are also similar to the LNAT exam for Law admissions, so I'd say its a pretty good bet to take it if your going in to Law.

    I, personally just sat the exam w/o prep or anything...i would advise some prep is done, but the beauty of Critical Thinking is that it is NOT a content based subject and yet is regarded extremely highly by universities.

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    Well, a lot of courses in decent universities do accept them, such as manchester, Leeds etc. They normally won't have it on courses with a lot of competition thoughm or where prior knowledge of a subject is very important.
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    (Original post by Niccolo)
    Well, a lot of courses in decent universities do accept them, such as manchester, Leeds etc. They normally won't have it on courses with a lot of competition thoughm or where prior knowledge of a subject is very important.

    With the number of pupils with excellent passes at A level growing, the importance of different style exams (eg AEA and Critical Thinking) is becoming more and more deciding for top unis unfortunately.
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    Can someone explain to me what's the difference? I've never taken General Studies or Critical Thinking but my friends have... I have a teeny idea what Critical Thinking is because I'm planning to take it as a complementary study at uni.
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    (Original post by Godmaster)
    I'd beg to differ! Critical Thinking is HIGHLY REGARDED by top unis (esp. Oxbridge). It is also by far the hardest AS to achieve a Grade A-C in (something like 8% get an A)
    Yes, but they won't include it in your offer.
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    (Original post by x-Jo-x)
    Can someone explain to me what's the difference? I've never taken General Studies or Critical Thinking but my friends have... I have a teeny idea what Critical Thinking is because I'm planning to take it as a complementary study at uni.
    Well general studies AS has an english, humanities and arts paper with a written comprehension/multiple choice thingy where you have to analyse the meaning of sentences in a broadsheet article/a publication like the economist, something along those lines, and a really half-arsed science and technology paper which haas very little bearing on the actual sciences. It also has something about politics and the economy.

    The A2 is better. It has a language paper (in either french spanish or german) with multiple choice questions, and an essay in english at the end about either history, geography, english, politics or the use of languages. It also has a paper about the economy based on a pre-release booklet (normally about consumerism/economic systems, you dont necessarily need prior knowledge or to have studies economics) and a science maths and technology paper which is much better than the AS one.


    Critical thinking is more about philosophy and ethics, i think.
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    I would say Critical Thinking but that's because it's the only one I've done, and I taught it myself. However, if you're looking for an easy A, I would say General Studies.
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    (Original post by Niccolo)
    Well general studies AS has an english, humanities and arts paper with a written comprehension/multiple choice thingy where you have to analyse the meaning of sentences in a broadsheet article/a publication like the economist, something along those lines, and a really half-arsed science and technology paper which haas very little bearing on the actual sciences. It also has something about politics and the economy.

    The A2 is better. It has a language paper (in either french spanish or german) with multiple choice questions, and an essay in english at the end about either history, geography, english, politics or the use of languages. It also has a paper about the economy based on a pre-release booklet (normally about consumerism/economic systems, you dont necessarily need prior knowledge or to have studies economics) and a science maths and technology paper which is much better than the AS one.


    Critical thinking is more about philosophy and ethics, i think.
    Ok, cool - thanks!
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    Haha General Studies. What a joke. I still can't find my textbook! :p:
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    (Original post by JohnStuartMill)
    Yes, but they won't include it in your offer.
    yes it actually helps you get the offer....over 10000applicants were rejected this year from oxbridge...nearly all going on to get AAA/AAB
    :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Godmaster)
    yes it actually helps you get the offer....over 10000applicants were rejected this year from oxbridge...nearly all going on to get AAA/AAB
    :rolleyes:
    Indeed, having a decent grade in general studies/critical thinking could work in your advantage in terms of getting the offer in the first place.
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    There's a general studies *textbook*? I never saw one of those.
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    critical thinking is the best because more and more uni's are seeing it as an attractive award. It has very low grade boundaries compared to most other subjects. It is also accepted at the best uni's and is very similar to the law admissions tests. It is a good subject to have but it is boring and the exam although 3hours, needs 2 b about 4
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    yep i agree ct is much better
 
 
 

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