Question for people who got A*'s A's and B'sWatch
I mean after you did a particular exam did u think straight away "yup thats another guaranteed A*/A/B" or were you surpriced when you got your results?
This is because i have just finished my gcse's and just having mixed feeling on specific papers and just curious
Umm well I came out all my exams pretty confident. The ones I was most confident about I tended to get A's in as opposed to A*'s and the papers I thought I found a bit harder I tended to get A*'s in as opposed to anything less.
All my B's came in subjects I knew I was weak at. English lit, RS and french. I did better in more scientific subjects, maths etc.
Do not panic! There's nothing you can do but wait :-) Be happy and have fun! Ive just finished my a-levels and should listen to myself and relax!
After the exams I remember stressing endlessly about silly things like whether I had answered the right number of questions.
People think i'm kidding when i say i think i've done rubbish, but i honestly do, i make sillly mistakes + i don't read questions properly so i never know whetehr i did ok or not. the only one i was confident with was my french oral + that was because i was suddenly able to speak this strange language + the teacher told me she was dead chuffed with it.
i'm now going through a similar stage with my AS levels- i just really really hope that it has a similar outcome (but am seriously doubting it)
Anyway, GCSEs are extremely easy and to answer your question, most of the time I actually did think that I would get A* after walking out of those exams. It may be that I was being overconfident at that time, but in actual fact they are relatively easy exams. They were also very generous on time too, especially mathematics and the sciences.
If you have mixed feelings, don't worry, some people tend to be a little pessimistic and focus on those minor errors which they've made after walking out of exams. It depends on personality. I guess these people can be classified as perfectionists. It doesn't do much good though since it stresses you out and might weaken your performance on following exams. Though during results day, these people usually so pretty well, A*'s and all, so it's probably a good sign.
However, things change dramatically during A-levels. They are much harder and have strict time constraints. From personal experience, how you think you did is normally not far from the truth. So to do well, you must be much more prepared. Comparing GCSEs, half of those exams, many people can just walk in with a few hour's worth of revision and can ace it straight away. At A-level, this is impossible.
I was surprised my results were so bad to be honest.
I somehow got a B in French though, which was unexpected, as the highest grade on the paper i did was a C?
I think u may be wrong there. I did not state my AS results on my UCAS form as my skool doesn't cash them in (and I know this is the case with many other skools too) . Therefore they must still look at GCSE results.
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Universities look at GCSE grades, and they show what you can do - tested not predicted. Even if you are predicted three As, the unis won't be impressed if you've got a load of Cs and Ds in your GCSEs - it'd make you look lazy, like you haven't tried to work to your potential.
I think I read in the Telegraph once that some very popular courses like law and english at Nottingham and Warwick will not even consider you if you don't have A or above in maths or english GCSE.
I suppose the more competitive the course and the more academic it is, the more likely they are the knock you off because of bad GCSEs?
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but how can they if you havnt finnished your as, because most people resit at least one module in jan to boost theyre marks???
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