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    I'm just starting year 9 and wondering whether I should take my gcse early in maths. I know i'm definitely capable of it but not sure what it offers? Any ideas are appreciated
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    No, don't. You'll probably not get an A* which you could easily get - with your intelligence - in another year or so. There isn't any rush tbh. There's only 2 exams and judging by your intelligence, you'd be able to cope with that.
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    (Original post by harrycarson)
    I'm just starting year 9 and wondering whether I should take my gcse early in maths. I know i'm definitely capable of it but not sure what it offers? Any ideas are appreciated
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    Look through some past papers and give it a try and see how you do! You'll be able to get a feel for it. If in any doubt, don't rush yourself to take them. Good luck
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    (Original post by algebrax1)
    Look through some past papers and give it a try and see how you do! You'll be able to get a feel for it. If in any doubt, don't rush yourself to take them. Good luck
    I got a* on majority without revision so capable of it
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    (Original post by Edosawr)
    No, don't. You'll probably not get an A* which you could easily get - with your intelligence - in another year or so. There isn't any rush tbh. There's only 2 exams and judging by your intelligence, you'd be able to cope with that.
    thanks for the advice, but if I took it with my other exams isn't it just an extra exam to worry about
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    (Original post by harrycarson)
    thanks for the advice, but if I took it with my other exams isn't it just an extra exam to worry about
    Universities don't like early entry - they want to see you can cope with lots of GCSEs. It'll be obvious you've done it early as your grade will be a letter not the new grading.

    If you don't get an A* you are massively restricting future options.
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    (Original post by harrycarson)
    I'm just starting year 9 and wondering whether I should take my gcse early in maths. I know i'm definitely capable of it but not sure what it offers? Any ideas are appreciated
    Thanks :-)
    Unless you are absolutely 100% certain that you're going to get an A*, do not take it early. You get absolutely no benefit by taking it early (the advantage of having "one less thing to worry about" is seriously negligible, to be honest) and you are potentially sacrificing a better grade. Universities don't think "Oh, this person got an A in Maths but that's fine because they took it really early", they just see the lower grade. I don't want to make a massive drama out of this and say that your life will be ruined if you don't get an A* in Maths because that's obviously nonsense, but I do want to stress that you don't get any benefit by taking GCSEs early. It's not a competition to see who can do GCSE Maths the earliest, it's about you getting the best grades you can get.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    Unless you are absolutely 100% certain that you're going to get an A*, do not take it early. You get absolutely no benefit by taking it early (the advantage of having "one less thing to worry about" is seriously negligible, to be honest) and you are potentially sacrificing a better grade. Universities don't think "Oh, this person got an A in Maths but that's fine because they took it really early", they just see the lower grade.
    thanks for the advice, what if I want to take further maths at gcse aswell, and in year 11 I will be taking the 9-1 gcse so I have something to fall back on if I don't get the harder grade 9
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    (Original post by harrycarson)
    thanks for the advice, what if I want to take further maths at gcse aswell, and in year 11 I will be taking the 9-1 gcse so I have something to fall back on if I don't get the harder grade 9
    Not really, unfortunately. This might sound a bit unfair but what you get in GCSE Further Maths is pretty irrelevant as far as most universities and employers are concerned, what matters is your GCSE Maths grade. The two most important GCSEs are English and Maths - you want to get the best grade possible in both of these. Others are of lesser importance and "niche" GCSEs like Further Maths are really unimportant.

    Even if you want to take Further Maths at GCSE, couldn't you at least take GCSE Maths in Year 10 rather than Year 9? That's what I did.
 
 
 
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