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Whattt seriously?;0


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Yup. Told me after the interview.

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Guys, where can I read about the King's course? Anything else other than the main site? It's confusing. So much info on there.
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Fair enough.
The percentage needed for a 7 is usually 78% for the sciences (higher for maths and languages), so its pretty close to that of an A*. Even if the marks needed to pass A levels are lower, they are still easier, as the passing rate has been increasing over time, whereas the passing rate for IB has stayed constant. SL Math is very similar to A level math. Its Further Math that is comparable to Math HL <-- From a friend doing math at Cambridge who has looked at these subjects.
BTW I do 3 sciences at IB at HL (physics bio and chem). I'm one of the rare cases .
If A-level's are easier, why isn't everyone doing them? The grass is always greener on the other side mate.
"Its Further Math that is comparable to Math HL <-- From a friend doing math at Cambridge who has looked at these subjects." - Anecdotal evidence is the worst kind.
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If A-level's are easier, why isn't everyone doing them? The grass is always greener on the other side mate.
"Its Further Math that is comparable to Math HL <-- From a friend doing math at Cambridge who has looked at these subjects." - Anecdotal evidence is the worst kind.
I can vow on the difficulty of HL maths, and that if you're just doing 3 A levels as opposed to IB, IB is more difficult, but if you're doing 4 A levels and another AS or an EPQ, that's pretty much the same difficulty. People do IB because they feel as though it gets them more prepared for uni, makes them all rounded, gets them possibly higher tariff points, and is really useful for those who don't know exactly what uni course they wanna go with since they do 6 subjects (Also if you're applying US/Canada, they really do favour ib over a level) . However entry to uni is basically the same difficulty for A levels and IB since they mainly focus on the HL subjects. And as for why unis don't favour ib over A level, it's because not everyone gets the chance to do IB and the score you give to the uni is only a "prediction", so many unis look at gcse or equivalent to asses the student's academic ability rather than ib or a level predictions. Pretty sure if you apply with achieved 44-45/45 they would give you an immediate interview. This is just my opinion though. (A level student who went to an IB school most of my life, and is still really close with my friends there)
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Hi everyone,
Is anyone else experiencing issues with the kings portal? I can log in, but its not allowing me to check the interview details.
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(Original post by rohit5148)
If A-level's are easier, why isn't everyone doing them? The grass is always greener on the other side mate.
"Its Further Math that is comparable to Math HL <-- From a friend doing math at Cambridge who has looked at these subjects." - Anecdotal evidence is the worst kind.
Well then you're going to have to take this at face value.

"If A-level's are easier, why isn't everyone doing them?"
Weak argument mate. Way more people do A levels than IB. One exam board doesn't not have to be completely subscribed to by the entire population for a pattern to be seen. You could ask the same question of IB - "If IB is easier, why isn't everyone doing them?". See? This doesn't do anything.
More people do A levels than IB. This difference is in a completely different order of magnitude. In May 2016 there were 150k IB students of the graduating cohort in the world (http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/bc8...ay-2016-en.pdf). The graduating cohort of a level students for 2014 IN THE UK was 260k candidates (https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ct_take-up.pdf).
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Hi everyone,
Is anyone else experiencing issues with the kings portal? I can log in, but its not allowing me to check the interview details.
Can you not download the document or is it not even letting get to the invitation?

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Can you not download the document or is it not even letting get to the invitation?

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Hi, thank you for your response.
I wasn't able to get onto the actual invitation page, however the issue has since resolved itself, I think it might have been a glitch on their system or something.
Thank you for offering help
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(Original post by spikyphoenix)
Well then you're going to have to take this at face value.

"If A-level's are easier, why isn't everyone doing them?"
Weak argument mate. Way more people do A levels than IB. One exam board doesn't not have to be completely subscribed to by the entire population for a pattern to be seen. You could ask the same question of IB - "If IB is easier, why isn't everyone doing them?". See? This doesn't do anything.
More people do A levels than IB. This difference is in a completely different order of magnitude. In May 2016 there were 150k IB students of the graduating cohort in the world (http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/bc8...ay-2016-en.pdf). The graduating cohort of a level students for 2014 IN THE UK was 260k candidates (https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...ct_take-up.pdf).
Honestly you both aren't very logical with your arguments, cause many more schools do A level than IB hence those numbers. I think we should just stay with what's relevant to king's since it's unlikely anyone will change their pov
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What is the argument between IB and A levels? Is it which one is harder?
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What is the argument between IB and A levels? Is it which one is harder?
I think someone mentioned that A Levels are easier. I personally think that it's very subjective tbh. It's like saying Maths is easy when it is drop-dead awful for others. I do think now that A Levels are linear, they're going to be more difficult though.
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Hey are you international? And congrats!


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Yes, from Canada, and thanks. King's is my last interview, and hopefully the best.
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Honestly you both aren't very logical with your arguments, cause many more schools do A level than IB hence those numbers. I think we should just stay with what's relevant to king's since it's unlikely anyone will change their pov
Fair enough.
We're not going to get anywhere with this argument as both the IB and A levels have their individual merits.
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I think someone mentioned that A Levels are easier. I personally think that it's very subjective tbh. It's like saying Maths is easy when it is drop-dead awful for others. I do think now that A Levels are linear, they're going to be more difficult though.
OK thanks
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Hey 3rd Year GKT medic (in clinics) here, if you want a little bit more info about the university and London life etc drop me a DM


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Hey 3rd Year GKT medic (in clinics) here, if you want a little bit more info about the university and London life etc drop me a DM


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How's the balance between workload and social life?
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Hey 3rd Year GKT medic (in clinics) here, if you want a little bit more info about the university and London life etc drop me a DM


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How are the societies?
How helpful are the specialty societies? Do specialists engage with participants and guide them?
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Hey,
A few people have been saying that King's now looks at the entire application after the interview and not just the interview performance anymore, however when I had my interview (early December) they specified to us that after interview they only look at our interview performance. Is that no longer the case?

Does anyone have the screenshot of the message where King's answers this questions, as I haven't been able to find it in this thread.
Thank you!!
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Hey,
A few people have been saying that King's now looks at the entire application after the interview and not just the interview performance anymore, however when I had my interview (early December) they specified to us that after interview they only look at our interview performance. Is that no the case?

Does anyone have the screenshot of the message where King's answers this questions, as I haven't been able to find it in this thread.
Thank you!!
I'm also really confused by this. How are they going to score other areas? How are grads gonna be compared to a level students?


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Hey,
A few people have been saying that King's now looks at the entire application after the interview and not just the interview performance anymore, however when I had my interview (early December) they specified to us that after interview they only look at our interview performance. Is that no the case?

Does anyone have the screenshot of the message where King's answers this questions, as I haven't been able to find it in this thread.
Thank you!!
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