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    (Original post by Gemma :)!)
    Sorry I should have been more exact with what I meant here.. I meant if you put in exactly the same amount of work into A2, your grade wouldn't be as high as it was at AS, as it's harder.

    People DO get higher grades, but they have to do resits and slog their guts out for A2.
    We're talking about the difference between an A and an A* candidate. .
    more than likely, they're already slogging their guts out.
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Firstly A2 is quite a step up from AS and at my college this year, pretty much all the A* predictions turned out completely wrong. People who were predicted them didn't get them, and those that weren't, did. Cambridge even said themselves that they're not going to look at A* predictions at the open day, they're treating A*A*A* the same as AAA (mainly because of policy differences between colleges) yet they'll still offer A*AA. So if Cambridge think A* predictions are pointless, I'm inclined to agree.
    I agree with pretty much everything you say, except the faith you place in Cambridge. Not everything they say is gospel, IMO. Especially Trinity College.
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    (Original post by ilickbatteries)
    I agree with pretty much everything you say, except the faith you place in Cambridge. Not everything they say is gospel, IMO. Especially Trinity College.
    Cambridge don't need to look at predictions at all since they ask for your module marks in the SAQ. So it is not surprising if they don't look at predictions.


    In response to the thread- Imo, you should have to declare your grades (or even marks) on UCAS and predictions should be scrapped. If you have genuine reasons for doing badly, you should get them mentioned in the reference. If you messed up, that is your own fault, and if you can improve at A2, you can take a gap year and reapply.
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    depends on the school...mine won't predict you A*...

    I got 94% in history..predicted A....(*******s)
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    (Original post by Ray_Han)
    Cambridge don't need to look at predictions at all since they ask for your module marks in the SAQ. So it is not surprising if they don't look at predictions.


    In response to the thread- Imo, you should have to declare your grades (or even marks) on UCAS and predictions should be scrapped. If you have genuine reasons for doing badly, you should get them mentioned in the reference. If you messed up, that is your own fault, and if you can improve at A2, you can take a gap year and reapply.
    I was agreeing with the lad, except for his belief that Cambridge are always right. They're not.

    No - I'm not applying there, and no - I've got nothing against them, etc etc. I just think they place a wee bit too much emphasis on maths and science A-Levels for people who are applying to do a course that includes neither science nor maths.
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    Almost Half of my psychology class is predicted A*.
    They are hardly rare.
    Though a lot depends on your college.
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    (Original post by ilickbatteries)
    I was agreeing with the lad, except for his belief that Cambridge are always right. They're not.

    No - I'm not applying there, and no - I've got nothing against them, etc etc. I just think they place a wee bit too much emphasis on maths and science A-Levels for people who are applying to do a course that includes neither science nor maths.
    Well I would agree with you there, but that is probably true for any university.
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    my school gives A* normally if you are 90% of above at AS level, or if you discuss it with them and explain why you havent got 90% at AS, retakes for example, I am predicted 3A*S but in my year group of over 350 students I don't know anyone else yet who has been predicted 3 A*s
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    I think the college I went to was predicting A*s mainly to students who had achieved high UMS/percentage at AS, or were seen to be capable of achieving said grade. Saying that, my A in Psychology at AS wasn't at the top end but I was still predicted an A*, though I think my teacher simply had high expectations of me :p: I think it may have been department-specific, because I remember a boy with 89% at AS who wasn't predicted an A* by his Law teacher because she had said 'you didn't achieve 90% at AS', whereas other departments might have had other deciding factors or may not have even had a 'criteria' as such.
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    I got a 97%, 90% and 87% and predicted A*A*A* I'm sure there's lots more like me out there.
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    (Original post by Anon1993)
    You know that they say about 'assume'. .
    so what's he doing hanging out with an english city kid like you? :rolleyes:
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    A*s should be predicted fairly to people who can actually get it. I messed up on a maths module and got 81% while the rest were above 90. You would think that I'm getting an A prediction but they said everyone is gonna do a test instead.
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    Also, it depends how many A* predictions there are - Im guessing someone with four predictions at A* is rarer than 3 at A* , even though both are "straight A*"
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    I got over 90 in all my modules but only got predicted As
    My friend got 98 in French and the teacher refused to predict her an a* :/
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    I've got A*A*A*A* predicted :cool:
    Doubt it's going to happen, doubt uni's will pay much attention to it. But it makes me feel special for now
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    not really!!
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    I got predicted all A*'s, but got 2 and 2 A's. Quite a few people at my school got predicted straight A*'s (we are not a private school BTW). TBH it doesnt matter unless you are applying to Cambridge or a few other courses (at Imperial, Warwick and some others). Even then, as A*'s suck these Unis often use other exams to distinguish the best students eg STEP, TSA, AEA and interviews.
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    (Original post by Anon1993)
    As the title says, i'm wondering how many people have got their teachers predict them straight A*s?
    Just curious really. . My school rarely predicts A*s, but in other schools, is it really as rare as it's meant to be? And does it mean a lot more than straight A's, as most universities don't even use the A*?
    Á*s are vastly over predicted, they are so easy to slip up on and miss.
    Last year i was predicted 3A*s, in the end i ended up with only 1, missing the other two by a couple of UMS each... this being said, A*S were vastly over predicted last year, as for this year im not sure, but the number of people being predicted straights stars last year was pretty high
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    An alternative question is "are A* predictions pointless?"

    From the St John's College, Cambridge website:
    "We recognise that making accurate A* predictions will be difficult for schools/colleges in the early years of this new grade. We will therefore not be placing any weight on whether or not a school/college predicts an A* and applicants will not be rejected just because they are not predicted to achieve any A* grades. Those applicants whose AS performance make the achievement of an A* look a remote possibility, however, are unlikely to be successful unless there are mitigating circumstances that explain why their AS performance does not properly reflect their true potential."
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    (Original post by obbsidian)
    I got predicted all A*'s, but got 2 and 2 A's. Quite a few people at my school got predicted straight A*'s (we are not a private school BTW). TBH it doesnt matter unless you are applying to Cambridge or a few other courses (at Imperial, Warwick and some others). Even then, as A*'s suck these Unis often use other exams to distinguish the best students eg STEP, TSA, AEA and interviews.
    Interestingly, the PPE admissions tutor I spoke to at Oxford Open Day actually said that the TSA has 'little to no correlation' to performance at degree level, from their statistics, and that the interview is not considered a very good indicator either, since you can't really gauge someone in half an hour--he said it is mainly used to check that your reference is accurate and just get a final impression before making a decision.

    Basically he said that academic achievement and references are what they place the emphasis on, with predictions being taken with a pinch of salt because standards for predictions are very different.

    STEP is perhaps a better indicator though.
 
 
 

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