Difficulty of "A" levels across countries

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D.R.E
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So what, is higher difficulty a good thing then?
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Singapore and Hong Kong A-Levels are considered the hardest in our area of the world (I'm from South-east Asia btw)
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(Original post by wildrover)
You can't say A levels are a joke when both Oxford and Cambridge accept them.
I meant that in a relative sense to the Singapore-Cambridge Advanced levels and the Hong Kong equivalent.

Look at this article, it shows how easy the UK A levels are:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...-A-levels.html

Kid only started studying 3 days for some of the exams. I remember having to study for 5 months in advance for my exams, even 7 months in advance for mathematics... and this is coming from an International Mathematical Olympiad recipient.

I wish I did the UK A level, and obtain a modest 10 As for my A levels.
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In Norway, we have 6 or 7 electives over two years and 12 compulsory one-year, two-year and three-year units, which are:

English (11)
Social studies (11)
Natural science (11)
Geography (11)
Mathematics (theoretic/practical) (11; 12*)
Third language (11; 12)
History (12; 13)
Religion and ethics (13)
Norwegian (11; 12; 13) (Three grades: in oral, written 1st choice and written 2nd choice)
Physical education (11; 12; 13)
*Only when natural sciences, social studies maths or "X"-maths aren't taken in year 12.

I chose these electives
Physics 1 (12)
Chemistry 1 (12)
Mathematics for the natural sciences 1 (12)
International English (12) (Two grades: Oral and written)
Physics 2 (13)
Chemistry 2 (13)
Mathematics for the natural sciences 2 (13)

We might be selected for either an oral or a written exam in year 11.
We are selected to do one oral and/or one written in year 12.
We are selected to do three written exams and one oral exam in year 13.

Getting a 6 out of 6 is much harder than getting an A in A level. Usually less than 4 % get those in most exams. A level subjects might be of a higher level, but that is because of the concentrated focus on only those subjects for two years, which I envy.
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I would love to see a sort of official report on this, comparing A Levels to other national school leaving qualifications worldwide. I'm especially interested with the relative difficulty compared to the Turkish one, since A levels look easier in my opinion. Anyone know of anywhere to point to?
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I disagree with the points on Hong Kong and Singapore Alevels are hard, Consider the Srilankan GCE Alevels , it's harder compared to all.
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