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1. I was just wondering how my target grades will be decided for AS when I start sixth form in September? Will they be the same as what we achieved in the subject at GCSE? (So if you got an A at GCSE your target at AS would be an A?) And how are target grades for subjects you didn't do at GCSE decided (a C?) Curious about how it all works really. I'm taking Eng Lit, History, Geography and Sociology next year and hope to get As or above in all except Sociology which I haven't studied before.

Thank you.
2. With my sixth form, they used an average GCSE points score system where they added up the GCSE grade points and then divided to create an average score:
8 = A*
7 = A
6 = B
5 = C
4 = D
3= E
etc.

I think it was then something like:
Between 7.5 and 8 = Predicted A* (for A2)
Between 7 and 7.5 = Predicted an A
Between 6 and 6.5 = Predicted a B
Between 5.5 and 6 = Predicted a C
etc.

I don't know if all schools use this system and it's not always accurate to determine predictions from GCSE since it takes all subjects into consideration, not just the subject you are studying, but I guess it's the only way they can predict something for AS. The A2 predictions are much more likely to be accurate.
3. My sixth form used a similar system to the poster above, but ultimately you shouldn't worry too much. Throughout the year your teachers will adjust your targets depending on how well you're doing (I had BBCC changed to ACCE).
4. Sometimes they make you do some dumb test to calculate it

But AS predictions mean absolutely jack sh

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5. We did a point system for GCSEs like one of the posts above where each grade is worth a certain number of points and then they were averaged out and you're put into a band, the bands for us were like:

A*AAA
AAA
ABB
BBC

etc etc

I got A*A*AAAAAAAA at GCSE and my predicted grades were set as AAA
6. It's stupid to do predictions based off of GCSEs to be honest, getting As at GCSE is no where near as difficult as getting As at AS.
We had a test, and I got predicted CCCC (my GCSEs were 3A*6A2B, and those were taken into account with the test results),
but if your school is smart, they'll change the AS predictions throughout the year, based on topic tests, teachers views on your classwork, etc. By November my predictions were changed from the CCCC to AABB.

It's the A2 predictions that matter really, and schools usually do those based on your AS results (my school just gives you the AS grade as your prediction for A2, no higher, no lower).

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