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    Doing A2 chemistry now, got a low B at AS level, how much work should I put in to get an A/A* for OCR b Salters? Thanks
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    It is quite hard to get an A/A* at A2, it really all depends what UMS you got for last year. To get an A your UMS needs to average out at over 80% in total. The whole A level is 600 UMS, so to get an A you need to get 480 (isn, it changes slightly every year). So what UMS you got last year dictates how much you need this year to get the A. A*s are tricky, even for students who get really high AS marks, because even if you get full marks at AS, you can only get an A* if you A2 units average out to over 90%. Salters is hard, the exams are tricky and at A2 particularly the mark schemes get really picky and specific. You could get an A if you put loads of work in, and even an A* if you do really well this year, theres nothing stopping you from getting an A, it shouldn't be impossible, but you really do have to put the work in for it, its not the kind of subject and exam board that you can do little work for and still come out with top grades. My biggest advice would be to look at loads of past papers and mark schemes so you can see the kind of thing they are looking for for certain questions, and then if something similar comes up, you have an idea of the kind of things that will be on the mark scheme. And try and do well in the coursework, it takes some pressure off the exams.
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