Poll: Gcse Grades you have (if you have recieved Oxbridge offers only)

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it could be that from state schools they expect 3 A*s and from independant schools they expect 10A*'s..


also has anyone noticed that in a state school you are likely to take bout 10/11 gcses whereas the in independant schools 9/10 are taken? unless people learn out side classes?
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(Original post by ogs)
it could be that from state schools they expect 3 A*s and from independant schools they expect 10A*'s..


also has anyone noticed that in a state school you are likely to take bout 10/11 gcses whereas the in independant schools 9/10 are taken? unless people learn out side classes?
well i am in an independant school at i took 12 subjects
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(Original post by ogs)
also has anyone noticed that in a state school you are likely to take bout 10/11 gcses whereas the in independant schools 9/10 are taken? unless people learn out side classes?
No. I took 13; the norm was between 10-12. This was an independent school.

I don't think the grades they expect vary much depending on what school you went to, although they may take it into account.

I think the reason there are more people with offers who have 3 A*s than 10 is that more people overall get 3 A*s. Perhaps (I don't know) a higher percentage of people with 10 get in; perhaps they don't. Assuming that people with 3 have the potential, GCSE grades aren't that important when comparing strings of As/A*s. Without knowing the percentages of people who get in relative to the numbers of A*s they get at GCSEs, it's impossible to make any fair assumptions.
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Someone from my (state) school last year got 11 A* and was rejected, so GCSEs really cant count for that much in the selection process and oxbridge doesn't necessarily favour state school students with slightly lower grades than those from public schools. when it comes down to it GCSEs are an indicator of effort and not only intelligence and to get A*s is within the reach of a lot of people if they do some work.
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I started at an independant school at the beginning of sixth form and was really suprised that people only had 9 GCSE's even though they were at high levels! however that is only my school! (it's probally to keep its status on the league tables!)
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No, I got them in IGCSE's at the International School of Geneva. Judging by the feedback they sent, they were only interested in my personal statement, the standard of my written work and my performance at interview. My IGCSE's weren't mentioned.
I went to one of these schools in Moscow 5 years ago and IGCSE's are crap to be fair. Things like the sciences are infinitely easier.
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I went to one of these schools in Moscow 5 years ago and IGCSE's are crap to be fair. Things like the sciences are infinitely easier.
Which are easier?
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(Original post by kildare)
Which are easier?
The IGCSEs are much easier than the GCSEs
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(Original post by Yannis)
The IGCSEs are much easier than the GCSEs
damn right
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I thought IGCSE's were harder and you had to learn more stuff...
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(Original post by me!)
I thought IGCSE's were harder and you had to learn more stuff...

no igcses are very easy
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I did Scottish S-Grades/Highers (fourth and fifth year = your fifth/L6) and got 8 1's in my S Grades (just below GCSE) and 5 A1s in my Highers (same/just above AS's, not modular).

But nobody minds. If you think you're bright enought, just go for it.
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(Original post by TheWolf)
no igcses are very easy
You've taken both?
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(Original post by Yannis)
The IGCSEs are much easier than the GCSEs
Certainly not the impression I've gotten from looking at the individual papers, the way they are marked, the percentage of people achieving high grades and at the results and opinion of the schools which offer both. Both are equally irrelevant when it comes to Oxbridge admittance though.
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(Original post by TheWolf)
no igcses are very easy
I suppose it depends on which IGCSEs you take, and which board, but one of the reasons we used to do them at my school (I was the last year to do so) was that they provided a better bridge between GCSE and AS/A2 level. Some of the things in Chemistry IGCSE didn't come up in AS level and don't (I think) in A2. The grades for the arts subjects were almost universally high, but they often dipped for the sciences, maths and english, which were the IGCSE subjects.

Some evidence to back up your statement would be gratifing, I wouldn't want to think were a bunch of think sh*ts after all...
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Why is there no option for people with 11 A*s? We do exist y'know!
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Why is there no option for people with 11 A*s? We do exist y'know!
11a* is just sad
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Lol whatever. But dont make the assumption that all people with really good grades are losers!
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11a* is just sad

Why? (Not that I got 11, hehe)
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Lol whatever. But dont make the assumption that all people with really good grades are losers!
no! i didnt say that all 11a* are sad!
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