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    Would anybody retake their AS/A2 module if they got a low A (80% rather than 90%?)?
    If yes, do the unis that you're looking to apply to look at whether or not you've retaken exams?
    If no, then are you just going to work EXTREMELY hard on your other modules to boost it up?
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    I retook a score of 80 which I achieved I'm Decision Maths and got 89 on the retake. TBH, I really don't see the point in it now, as it is A2 modules which are used when calculating an A*.
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    Yeah, I did it for Chains & Rings, M1 (low As) and a Product Design module I got a C(?!) in.

    Got the same mark in C&R but destroyed the other two
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    It would depend on the subject. For example i got a low A for English Literature exam (AS) and then a bad grade for my coursework. This meant i got a low B overall. Because my college doesn't allow us to retake coursework i am going to resit the exam in order to boost up my grade to an A overall
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    Personally no, but I see why people would

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    Retook C3 maths so I would have better chance at an A*. Went from 83 to 90 but got 80 in C4 :sad:

    At AS it's pointless unless you're in danger of not getting an A overall.
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    Depends to be honest. If there were like three exams in a unit and I a low A, then maybe no. I would just revise loads and pray for the best.

    But saying that, is it worth the risk? Honestly, yes I would.


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    No need, seriously, no need, unless Cambridge.
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    I want to do a chemistry degree, and I'll probably re-sit unit 1 when I get less than 90.
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    I wouldn't but i'm not clever, the fact I'd got an A in a module would be good enough. If you fancied a pop at Cambridge or felt that with other modules it could lead to a B then I can see why people would.
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    Depends on how hard I worked on the exam.
    I was forced to retake a low A :rolleyes:
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    yeah, if I thought I had a realistic chance of getting an A* overall.
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    (Original post by Wattsy)
    I wouldn't but i'm not clever, the fact I'd got an A in a module would be good enough. If you fancied a pop at Cambridge or felt that with other modules it could lead to a B then I can see why people would.
    Wouldn't Cambridge penalise re-sits?
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    I resat unit 1 and 2 economics as many times as i could because unit 3 and 4 expanded on the knowledge we learnt in the first 2, this meant I had had a higher level of knowledge going into the exam and had to do very little in the way of extra revision.

    Same with some of the maths modules C1 and C2 became a lot easier after studying C3 and C4.
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    (Original post by CJG21)
    Wouldn't Cambridge penalise re-sits?
    I'm no expert but have been through the system, they're impossible for the uni to detect through UCAS if you do them in Y12 e.g. re-sit your January papers in June of AS Year. I'd also hazard a guess that they'd look more favourably on a 97% on second attempt than an 83% on the first without a re-sit. That said Cambridge is hard to get into and everyone is clever so I suppose if you're up against people with 97% on first attempt with no other variables, they'd get the spot ahead of you.
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    I have tomwork 'EXTREMELY HARD' to get low A's :dry:
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    I think it depends. If you need an A* in mathematics, you need 90% in C3 and C4 with an A overall. So, if I got 80% in C3 or C4, I would resit them. But, I can't resit these exams, I have to do them all in June. So, no, if I got 80% in any of my other maths modules (expect further maths, where you need 90% in at least 3 A2 modules I think, as well as an A overall), I would be over the moon .
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    If I was sitting my AS year again and got a low A then yes I would resit, but purely because I would be applying to Cambridge. At A2 then depends on the unit, if it's an ISA then would not be that fussed, if it was one of the 'proper' exams then yes I would resit to give a buffer for the A*.
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    (Original post by CJG21)
    Wouldn't Cambridge penalise re-sits?
    Not as such. Improving your score substantially is only ever an improvement to your application. Of course, if you get a low A again, that means you've got a substandard score twice, which is worse than just getting it once...
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    (Original post by vianli)
    Would anybody retake their AS/A2 module if they got a low A (80% rather than 90%?)?
    If yes, do the unis that you're looking to apply to look at whether or not you've retaken exams?
    If no, then are you just going to work EXTREMELY hard on your other modules to boost it up?
    Depends on the subject. I do Maths/F.Maths/Physics/Economics, if it was a Physics or Economics AS paper I'd probably wouldn't bother since that doesn't contribute to getting an A*.
 
 
 
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