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    I do IB I'm pleased I did
    52.15%
    I do IB I wish I'd done A-levels
    11.66%
    I do A-levels I'm pleased I did A-levels
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    (Original post by rockin the universe)
    i hate A LEVELS. IB is much better
    Why do you hate A levels?

    You clearly do the IB so how would you know what A levels are like??

    :rolleyes:
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    i have heard from other people abt A - Levels.. plus universities give a better recognition to the IB than the A - Levels. for example in the US, even for admissions in the UK thru UCAS.. IB's 38 points is equal to 3A's...

    this proves that IB is way above A - Levels.. actually a- levels isn't that bad... they have a better subject course.. i mean they have to cover more portion but they have less burden as compared to IB students who have to do a lot of other work other than studying the 6 subjects.. internal assessments, tok essay, presentations, EE, CAS.. that's why IB is considered to be a more rigorous course than A - levels
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    what is this International Baccalaureate qualification??
    how is it graded?? Is it like a A-level??
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    (Original post by rockin the universe)
    i have heard from other people abt A - Levels.. plus universities give a better recognition to the IB than the A - Levels. for example in the US, even for admissions in the UK thru UCAS.. IB's 38 points is equal to 3A's...
    this proves that IB is way above A - Levels.. actually a- levels isn't that bad... they have a better subject course.. i mean they have to cover more portion but they have less burden as compared to IB students who have to do a lot of other work other than studying the 6 subjects.. internal assessments, tok essay, presentations, EE, CAS.. that's why IB is considered to be a more rigorous course than A - levels
    That's not good...38 points requires waayy more dedication and hard work than getting 3 A's does...you're kinda disproving your own point there! :p:
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    (Original post by cathay)
    what is this International Baccalaureate qualification??
    how is it graded?? Is it like a A-level??
    see this thread: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=313189

    I'm not writing it all out again :p:
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    or for a more accurate description....

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    haha. or that, yes. Or from the God: www.ibo.org
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    Just throwing a couple of pence in the bucket, but the results are bound to be a little... hmmm... bending towards the "I do IB and I'm pleased I did!". Perhaps, this thread should be moved out of the IB subforum and just placed in the exams forum instead?
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    well i kinda tried both IB and A-levels... i did an As subject as extra on the side... and frankly i didn't feel that pressured by it, maybe cuz it was only 1 subject:p: but still it didn't have that much of a load on me. And my brother actually graduated with an A levels degree, the only good thing i can say about his school life was his social life:p:.

    I personally enjoy the challenge that IB offers its students, although i'm not really enjoying the deadlines at the time being, i know in the end I'm the only one benefitting. And besides, think of it this way, uni is bound to be easier than this right? I mean all I'm thinking of right now is that it can't get any worse...
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    at the moment im hating the IB, i hate deadlines! but when i first went into 6th form i wasnt sure wat i wanted to do at uni, so it was good for me to do loadsa subjects and find out which one i enjoyed most do i caould make the right desicion for uni.
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    (Original post by danglenister)
    I'm a bit hesitant on voting here. I do IB and I love the fact that we are getting recognised now by UCAS and the unis.

    However, I still have that nagging thought in my head of: "If I did A levels, I know I'd do better and I'd get into a good uni with less work".

    BUT I will vote for "I do IB I'm pleased I did" because I know I'd be bored ****less if I did A levels - I get bored with one free period a week let alone having to stand having about 12 in a week like the A level people at my school
    WHAT?! The lucky little buggers! I'm doing A-levels, and I have 7 (!!!) periods of each A-level every week. No frees. It's like 3 sets of double periods, and one double period per week. It's sooo tiring - and gets repetitive. At least with IB, I had six varied subjects - while with A-levels...less. I don't know how people who choose all sciences/humanities can do it - I would die if I had 4-5 AS subjects of the same sort of nature. But maybe that's just me...
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    Doing the IB. In my case it's kind of a love-hate thing. I love the IB in that I love the stimulating environment it creates, the people who do it, I love the fact that it's an open and interactive learning and thinking process and not just a "memorize this" type of education, and I love the opportunities that it'll bring me if I succeed. On the other hand, I also hate the IB in that I hate that I actually have to work (then again that's true of all education systems), I hate that I HAVE to take maths, and I hate that a lot of the Diploma depends on your personal drive and initiative.
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    Just out of curiousity, one of my teachers at school kept ranting and raving about [yes, here it comes, another oxbridge reference..] how Oxford and Cambridge prefer IB students to A-Level students. Do you think this is true?

    Also, as a lot of you are well into your courses, do you think it's impossible to get a solid 40 (roundabouts that mark) if you haven't got a bunch of A*s and As at GCSE?
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    (Original post by Nikoletta)
    Just out of curiousity, one of my teachers at school kept ranting and raving about [yes, here it comes, another oxbridge reference..] how Oxford and Cambridge prefer IB students to A-Level students. Do you think this is true?
    Quite honestly I think no. In fact I think the complete opposite.

    Also, as a lot of you are well into your courses, do you think it's impossible to get a solid 40 (roundabouts that mark) if you haven't got a bunch of A*s and As at GCSE?
    No. As long as you are good at the 6 subjects you do, you can get 40+.
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    (Original post by danglenister)
    Quite honestly I think no. In fact I think the complete opposite.
    Fair enough. Do you have a paticular reason why?
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    (Original post by Nikoletta)
    Fair enough. Do you have a paticular reason why?
    Yes. I still don't think any uni understands the complexity of the IB so stick more with A level applicants from the UK. I stress from the UK because international applicants are judged differently in the applications process because often A levels aren't available to them.
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    (Original post by danglenister)
    Yes. I still don't think any uni understands the complexity of the IB so stick more with A level applicants from the UK. I stress from the UK because international applicants are judged differently in the applications process because often A levels aren't available to them.
    I can see where you're coming from there. I understand that they've changed the A-Level equivalent with 45 points quite a bit, so it could always change again, who knows.

    It's ace to get a second opinion so thanks!
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    Hi All,

    Currently in my first year of IB study and after a few months I'd say I'm glad I chose IB. I still get the thought of "Hmmm...maybe I should have done A-Levels", especially when I get a heavy workload one week, but I'm learning lots of new and interesting things and most of all am enjoying the courses
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    (Original post by nikoletta)
    I can see where you're coming from there. I understand that they've changed the A-Level equivalent with 45 points quite a bit, so it could always change again, who knows.

    It's ace to get a second opinion so thanks!
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    I think part of why oxbridge might appreciate A levels more because let us not forget it is the english system, and cambridge is one of the educational boards for A levels, so you can understand their bias...
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    (Original post by ~Lc~)
    I think part of why oxbridge might appreciate A levels more because let us not forget it is the english system, and cambridge is one of the educational boards for A levels, so you can understand their bias...
    That's not correct. I talked to an admission tutor there and they fully respect how easy A levels are. They just don't appreciate how hard the IB is. ;yes;

    If they thought A-levels were better then they wouldn't be pioneering a new exam system :p:
 
 
 

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