You have to realise that A levels are only a preparation by giving you a boost of knowledge needed for university. At university, you can then start to think more rigorously and deeply. If you feel 'unchallenged' before university, then there are plenty of math competitions you can go into. BMO leading to the IMO, for example. No advanced knowledge(below A-level standard) is required but is a hell of a lot harder than pretty much all standard under-18 examinations.(Original post by curiousquest)
I have to disagree with you that the HK exams isn't much harder than the UK equivalent. Have read comments by others on TSR who seem to agree with me.
That's the point re universities league tables (or any table for that matter), it's highly subjective as to what is better.
To rank by objective measures such as starting salaries would be more meaningful, even though that too is subject to large fluctuations and inaccuracies.
If what is regarded as "best" is measured solely by preception, then why do research for these tables. Instead, just pluck institutions from thin air because "the ones that are deemed good always will be".
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