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hi. im startin year 12 next year and so far am doing economics, maths, chem and biology. is it worth doing crit thinking on top of this if im considering applying to oxbridge?? will the skills help me in the interview etc??
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dont take that, it will make you look worse, its a joke
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take further maths instead
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Critical Thinking is compulsory for me because I got above a certain GCSE point score (if you get below that then you do general studies). So can anyone explain what critical thinking is about?
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I don't think it's worth it really. It's not a 'proper' A-level so it won't really help you and you have enough work with your 4 real subjects.
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Well I loved the course - but then again I chose to do it as a prospective lawyer. Nothing you're forced to do ever seems too great.
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I did the Advance Extension Critical Paper just recently for my A2 Levels and I got a merit. That is without doing the actual proper ALevel subject, nor revising, but simply just having a 2 minute glance at some past papers my teacher gave me the night before the exam.

To conclucde, Critical Thinking is a load of *******s. Choose something else like Eng Lang or Lit (I did both and the essay questions on the Critical Thinking absolutely took the piss - it was like a overglorified comprehension test).
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Well I'd say take Critical Thinking, as it's really easy, and is another A level. However, you have to make sure you know how the exmainer wants the questions answered. I went through exam technique for twenty minutes the night before and got an A - a lot of people got E's or U's for not doing that.

On the down side, it's really boring, but if you're only doing it for an hour a week like I did, then it's worth it. Or just ask to be entered for the exam without haivng any lessons in it.

To the person who asked what it's about - Basically, you get a biased article and have to point out the strengths and weaknesses, how the statistics they use could be twisted to look like something else etc. etc.

To sum up: EASY BUT DULL

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Here's my advice:

If you are looking towards a top university in your (subject) area, critical thinking will not be useful. Consider taking further maths, as somebody said, if you think you can and it's mildly related to your possible degrees.

Otherwise, you can take critical thinking if you like, but not to A2 level - it's a waste of time. I would also suggest you take it in the second year after dropping some other subject. If you aren't going to drop something, don't take it.

JC87 - your school must be really daring to enter you like that! Congratulations on getting a minor qualification.

chazzinio - you're getting a quick reply since you posted while I was writing! The top universities will not respect critical thinking, but it won't do any harm and it *may* help you for applications to lesser universities.
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I did Critical Thinking at As level and I really enjoyed it. Aren't the entry test for places like cambridge based on Critical Thinking? I'm sure I've seen some that lookjust like Critical Thinking papers.
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(Original post by r3m0t)
JC87 - your school must be really daring to enter you like that! Congratulations on getting a minor qualification.
Yeah. Especially as I did English Lang, Lit and History (all humanties) whilst the other 8 people who did the Critical Thinking Advance Extension paper all did Further Maths. I was definitely the thickest out of all of them, but in the end, the second and third section of the paper which consisted of all essay questions made it look like a joke to me (like I said, its an overglorified comprehension exam).

To be honest, our school doesn't do Critical Thinking as a proper subject (hell, we don't even have psycology, law, media studies etc. because we're a very traditional grammar school) and to have 9 candidates entered for the advance extension paper of the subject pretty much proves how crap it is.
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(Original post by Joe_JBB)
Well I'd say take Critical Thinking, as it's really easy, and is another A level. However, you have to make sure you know how the exmainer wants the questions answered. I went through exam technique for twenty minutes the night before and got an A - a lot of people got E's or U's for not doing that.

On the down side, it's really boring, but if you're only doing it for an hour a week like I did, then it's worth it. Or just ask to be entered for the exam without haivng any lessons in it.

To the person who asked what it's about - Basically, you get a biased article and have to point out the strengths and weaknesses, how the statistics they use could be twisted to look like something else etc. etc.

To sum up: EASY BUT DULL

Joe
oh okay thanks. I'm not entirely sure but I think it's compulsory for us for AS Level. Hopefully I wouldn't have to do it at A2.
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This was tacked on to my Psychology A-level, whats more the teacher didnt tell us till virtually the last week before the exams :mad: ....steer clear, IMO
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It's so boring ...
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I took it in year 11, its garbage, I think they make it up as they go along and I failed the exam.
I couldn't get my head round the stupidity of some of it.
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I've heard lots of different things about it. Some people say that it's really boring and not worth anything, but others say that it's really useful for the BMAT exams at oxford/cambridge. some of the reccomended reading for the BMAT is critical thinking textbooks
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At my sixth form, Critical Thinking is reserved for those considered to be more academically able and General Studies is compulsary for everyone. Although I'm yet to start AS courses, I think it is a skills based subject which it is impossible to prepare for. Apparantly it isvery well respected by the top Universities as it shows you are able to deal effectively with situations outside your chosen A-Level specialism. That's what we were told. Hope this is of some use.
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We can choose to do critical thinking at my school instead of PSHE, and to be honest, i think that anything is better than PSHE which is a total waste of time. Also if we take it for the whole two years we get an AS level in it. I am def taking!
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However useful or not, or important or not or how accept or not it is, the bottom line is I got a merit in the bloody ADVANCE EXTENSION(!) paper of the subject with little to no knowledge of what I was to face in the exam. The school (and I) obviously thinks little of the subject to allow anyone willing to pay £30 to take the exam (I did get the money back though becasue I passed it).

To be completely honest, if you are thinking of going to Oxbridge, it would be much much better to do a core of traditional subject and maybe do Critical Extension as an Advance Extension or something like that (something on the side to show you are able, but taking it as a main subject is taking the piss really).
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'critical thinking - is it worth it?'

To be honest, no. It's a nice distraction from proper AS work, but that's about it. I did it last year since my sixth form made it a requirement for me and the rest of the lower sixth to do so and most people failed it.
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