Difficulty of "A" levels across countries

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Furion
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hello.

As in topic, I'm wondering about true difficulty of "A" levels. I would like to compare the tests, that You take at the end of your High School.

I'll try to rewrite here a "Matura" exam (I'm from Poland) form last year here, as soon as I'm home

I hope You will also write here you tests, I'm most intested in physics and mathematics.

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As far as I know A levels are a bit easier ^^, but I might be wrong...
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UK Exedel (I don't know how to spell it) A-level is known to be easy. Plus it is relatively easy to get good grades, esepcially if you are a science student.

For your information, the Hong Kong A-level is the most difficult A-level in the world.
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(Original post by yeung3939)
UK Exedel (I don't know how to spell it) A-level is known to be easy. Plus it is relatively easy to get good grades, esepcially if you are a science student.

For your information, the Hong Kong A-level is the most difficult A-level in the world.
Edexcel is the correct spelling.

some people would disagree with your second point and argue that Singapore A level is the most difficult in the world...
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I know that Singapore have more grades then ABCDE... like A1, A2 or something. But if you base it on the same grading (ABCDE..) of HKCEE and British A-Levels, HKCEE grades are probably lowered by 2 so its harder. e.g. A in brit AL is probably a C in HKCEE.
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Eng Lit. is special. You should compare subjects like Sciences, Geography, Economics.
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(Original post by Chriz)
I know that Singapore have more grades then ABCDE... like A1, A2 or something. But if you base it on the same grading (ABCDE..) of HKCEE and British A-Levels, HKCEE grades are probably lowered by 2 so its harder. e.g. A in brit AL is probably a C in HKCEE.
Singapore A Level grades are ABCDEOF. (and apparently also adjusted based on a normal distribution curve for grade A. but that's just a rumour i dun recall there being any official word on this)
A1 and A2 grades are only for the former 'AO' subjects, full 'A' level subjects are only given alphabetical grades.

I don't know much about the HK A levels so I can't comment or contrast between the two.
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(Original post by terencelzm)
Singapore A Level grades are ABCDEOF. (and apparently also adjusted based on a normal distribution curve for grade A. but that's just a rumour i dun recall there being any official word on this)
A1 and A2 grades are only for the former 'AO' subjects, full 'A' level subjects are only given alphabetical grades.

I don't know much about the HK A levels so I can't comment or contrast between the two.
HK AL has the same classification system.
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India has some of the most grueling A levels in the world. A % below 90 wont cut it, and on top of that you have to sit entrance exams for the reputed institutes like IIT/IIM.
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Why did I get neg repped? I was merely stating a FACT.
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lol thx for pos rep
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(Original post by yeung3939)
UK Exedel (I don't know how to spell it) A-level is known to be easy. Plus it is relatively easy to get good grades, esepcially if you are a science student.

For your information, the Hong Kong A-level is the most difficult A-level in the world.
Disagree. The Singapore system is harder.
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Singapore!
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now now kids...
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(Original post by Furion)
I hope You will also write here you tests, I'm most intested in physics and mathematics.

cheers,
Furion

You can go on UK examination boards websites and get past papers and mark schemes etc for nearly all A Level subjects.
Here is an example of OCR Physics 2007 paper: (Im not sure whether this is a whole paper as I dont do Physics myself so Im not familar with the layout and requirements etc..

http://www.ocr.org.uk/Data/publicati...Test_paper.pdf


Try AQA or Edexcel for others. Also remember that AS makes up part of the A Level!

Hope that helps
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China.
At the end of your high school, you need to take college entrance exams, and these exams are extremely hard.
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(Original post by alles_nichts)
China.
At the end of your high school, you need to take college entrance exams, and these exams are extremely hard.
Yes. But only for Science and Maths.
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one more vote for singapore...eurgh...those 2 years almost killed my interest in history...
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Completely agree. The Singapore-Cambridge GCE A levels is by far the hardest A levels in the world. By comparison, the UK A levels are almost a joke.

I got ABB. Physics/Math/Chemistry and easily got a high 1:1 at Imperial EEE. My peers with 4/5 straight As in their UK A levels are struggling to maintain their 2:1.

Getting a 2:1 from a UK university is like a walk in the park really.
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You can't say A levels are a joke when both Oxford and Cambridge accept them.
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