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    I'm giving my AS levels, and aspire to go to a Canadian/American uni. However, I royally effed up my M1 paper yesterday. I'm definitely losing 8-9 marks, so an A is out of the question. I'm gonna have to give a retake in November but the results come out inn late Jan. Will it be too late? Will the deadlines have passed? AM I SCREWED!???
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    I'm giving my AS levels, and aspire to go to a Canadian/American uni. However, I royally effed up my M1 paper yesterday. I'm definitely losing 8-9 marks, so an A is out of the question. I'm gonna have to give a retake in November but the results come out inn late Jan. Will it be too late? Will the deadlines have passed? AM I SCREWED!???
    I didnt know that they did retakes in November... 8-9 marks lost does not mean that you lost an A.
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    I'm giving my AS levels, and aspire to go to a Canadian/American uni. However, I royally effed up my M1 paper yesterday. I'm definitely losing 8-9 marks, so an A is out of the question. I'm gonna have to give a retake in November but the results come out inn late Jan. Will it be too late? Will the deadlines have passed? AM I SCREWED!???
    M1 yesterday? I thought all boards were at the same time?
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    (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
    I didnt know that they did retakes in November... 8-9 marks lost does not mean that you lost an A.
    Isn't there always an OCT-NOV session? And won't 41/50 (82%) in m1 mean bye-bye A grade??
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    (Original post by lerjj)
    M1 yesterday? I thought all boards were at the same time?
    I live in Karachi, Pakistan...
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    Isn't there always an OCT-NOV session? And won't 41/50 (82%) in m1 mean bye-bye A grade??
    Are you sure you are doing A levels? Can you link one of your papers?
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    I live in Karachi, Pakistan...
    Sorry. Had a minor heart attack thinking I'd missed my M1 exam. I expect that you're probably fine (or at least not totally screwed), just try to make up for it on your other maths papers as damage limitation, then explain to the uni that you're resitting a paper.

    I'm only As as well though, not too sure how all of this works out.
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    (Original post by Jai Sandhu)
    Are you sure you are doing A levels? Can you link one of your papers?
    I'm doing AS.
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    I'm doing AS.
    Have you got a maths paper you can link?
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    Isn't there always an OCT-NOV session? And won't 41/50 (82%) in m1 mean bye-bye A grade??
    Not unless international A levels have significantly different boundaries. You need 80%UMS to get an A for As maths. That's across C1, C2 and your applied unit (M1). 82% raw is probably either an A or a high B, which just means you'd better do well in C1 and C2.
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    Dude chill out. You need to drop like 20 (perceived) marks to actually get something below an A.
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    (Original post by lerjj)
    Not unless international A levels have significantly different boundaries. You need 80%UMS to get an A for As maths. That's across C1, C2 and your applied unit (M1). 82% raw is probably either an A or a high B, which just means you'd better do well in C1 and C2.
    Man, this is really confusing. I don't know what C1 is. This year, my Math exam comprised of a P1 (Pure 1) and M1. My P1 went fairly well but M1 sucked.
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    (Original post by lllllllllll)
    Dude chill out. You need to drop like 20 (perceived) marks to actually get something below an A.
    Is the percentile really that low? Also, even in the event that I get an A (God-willingly), won't this become a problem next year. A low A will hurt my chances of an A* in A2.
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    Man, this is really confusing. I don't know what C1 is. This year, my Math exam comprised of a P1 (Pure 1) and M1. My P1 went fairly well but M1 sucked.
    Ok. Most people here don't have any clue how your board works then. Do you want us to keep guessing? For actual advice, find someone in your country and ask them.

    For not qualified advice...

    A levels are normally graded on a Unified Marking Scheme. On this scheme, 80% corresponds to an A, and 70% to a B ; raw marks are awarded per the mark scheme and then converted to UMS in order to force the results onto a normal distribution where the mean mark and standard distribution has been preset. I'm assuming this holds for iA levels.

    You've done two units for As, in the UK we do three. Here they're weighted equally, probably the same for you. That means that here you could get a B (70% UMS) on M1 but get an A overall because you have two other papers which you could get 100% on to lift your average up to 80%. None of us know your exam board, but I would assume that 82% raw corresponds to at least a mid B if not an A. That means you need a mid to high A on P1, rather than a scrape A. Does that all make sense? (Note: I know absolutely no specifics. I am a 17 yr old with a laptop.)
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    Is the percentile really that low? Also, even in the event that I get an A (God-willingly), won't this become a problem next year. A low A will hurt my chances of an A* in A2.
    No, not really. My friend got a D in M1 and and A* in A Level Maths, likewise I got a B in S1 (don't tell anyone) and also got an A*. In reality you can get as low as a U in an non-A2 module provided you get 99-100% in C1,2,3,4 and your other applied module. Of course, try NOT to get a U because getting 100% in all the other modules isn't exactly a walk in the park.

    The thing about perceived marks are that you think you did badly when in reality you do better than you expected. It's a common trait among humans. Those who think they've done well are more likely to do badly (over-confidence) and vice versa.
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    (Original post by lerjj)
    Ok. Most people here don't have any clue how your board works then. Do you want us to keep guessing? For actual advice, find someone in your country and ask them.

    For not qualified advice...

    A levels are normally graded on a Unified Marking Scheme. On this scheme, 80% corresponds to an A, and 70% to a B ; raw marks are awarded per the mark scheme and then converted to UMS in order to force the results onto a normal distribution where the mean mark and standard distribution has been preset. I'm assuming this holds for iA levels.

    You've done two units for As, in the UK we do three. Here they're weighted equally, probably the same for you. That means that here you could get a B (70% UMS) on M1 but get an A overall because you have two other papers which you could get 100% on to lift your average up to 80%. None of us know your exam board, but I would assume that 82% raw corresponds to at least a mid B if not an A. That means you need a mid to high A on P1, rather than a scrape A. Does that all make sense? (Note: I know absolutely no specifics. I am a 17 yr old with a laptop.)
    Thank you for taking the time out to explain this to me.
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    Thank you for taking the time out to explain this to me.
    No problem. Again, you should probably try to confirm this with a teacher or at least someone on your exam board!
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    (Original post by lllllllllll)
    No, not really. My friend got a D in M1 and and A* in A Level Maths, likewise I got a B in S1 (don't tell anyone) and also got an A*. In reality you can get as low as a U in an non-A2 module provided you get 99-100% in C1,2,3,4 and your other applied module. Of course, try NOT to get a U because getting 100% in all the other modules isn't exactly a walk in the park.

    The thing about perceived marks are that you think you did badly when in reality you do better than you expected. It's a common trait among humans. Those who think they've done well are more likely to do badly (over-confidence) and vice versa.
    When you got a B in S1, what was your grade in AS Math? Also, do you have any idea when the deadlines for Canadian/American unis usually are?
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    No problem. Again, you should probably try to confirm this with a teacher or at least someone on your exam board!
    Will do, Please remember me in your prayers.
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    (Original post by Hamzah Mughal)
    When you got a B in S1, what was your grade in AS Math? Also, do you have any idea when the deadlines for Canadian/American unis usually are?
    I got an A in AS maths. I think for America you need to also take SAT subject tests and the SAT I or AP or IB. They don't really look at A Levels. The deadline usually depends on which university you're applying for.
 
 
 

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