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    Is it considered mediocre? Or is it excellent?

    It seems to me that the general perception is that anything less than A* at GCSEs is considered mediocre

    Only an A* is a worthy grade
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    In real life, no

    (Original post by candymonster)
    Is it considered mediocre? Or is it excellent?

    It seems to me that the general perception is that anything less than A* at GCSEs is considered mediocre

    Only an A* is a worthy grade
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    A is good...
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    No, an A is definitely not mediocre! If that's what you got, be proud. It puts you in the top few percent of the country. There is too much pressure to be 'perfect' in everything. Anyone who gets an A has had to work for it, and have ability.
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    (Original post by candymonster)
    Is it considered mediocre? Or is it excellent?

    It seems to me that the general perception is that anything less than A* at GCSEs is considered mediocre

    Only an A* is a worthy grade
    No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.

    In the real world, an A is excellent. And no, A* is not the only worthy GCSE grade, but I guess it's up to your own targets.
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    Depends if we're talking of the TSR world or the real world lmao

    A is an amazing grade
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    (Original post by candymonster)
    Is it considered mediocre? Or is it excellent?

    It seems to me that the general perception is that anything less than A* at GCSEs is considered mediocre

    Only an A* is a worthy grade
    Only on TSR
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    I mean, I know everyone is saying an A is fantastic but I guess it all depends on context...

    If you've got 10 As, but everyone else in all your classes has got 10 A*s, then it's probably an example of underperforming. If you've got 5 A*s 5 As and everyone else has 10 As then neither grades are mediocre, they are average, and you are higher than average. However, if you go to a school where the average student has 8 Cs, and you get 3 As 5 Bs, or even 8 As, then that would be a phenomenal achievement. If you go to an average school and get mostly A*s and a couple of As, if you've missed your predicted grades you'd understandably feel like the As are mediocre, but the likelihood is that you're way above average as others will be getting Bs and Cs, and so to you it may feel like a let down but when you look at it in context, it's still a fantastic achievement.

    Some, possibly many universities take a holistic approach to admissions, in that they'll look at your performance in the context of how well everyone else does to gauge your achievements and how good they are in the grand scheme of things, which helps people from underperforming schools get into Russell Group universities and things
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    I don't think I even got an A in anything at GCSE besides a few modules, but not overall.

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    I tell you what is mediocre, something I read In the news..... guy gets just one C in is GCSEs and his Dad has now tried to sue the school bear in mind this isn't a comprehensive. No, this is a school where the Dad paid 120k school fees over the years. It's not the school's fault that the kid was too thick or lazy to apply himself. Bet his Dad's fuming but mayhaps 120k is a drop In the ocean??
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    Depends, for some reason the National average on TSR is an A (ikr)
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    The average in real-life is a C grade
    The average on TSR is an A/A* grade

    Statistically an A is way above average. http://qualifications.pearson.com/co...ng_with_1).pdf
    Only 18% of candidates who sat linear GCSE Maths got an A or above. I would hypothesize 90% of people on TSR are in that 18%
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    'A' for average. It is average because most people attain As on average.
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    If you want to go to a top Uni e.g. Oxbridge, LSE etc. then you really do need a large majority of A*'s. Especially now that AS Levels are being phased out. However, context does a role. So if you get 10A's where the school average is 10C's then these top Uni's will not look scornfully at you.
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    'B' is for brilliant.
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    Hehe on TSR and in some schools like mine it may be.. But A is a fab grade
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    (Original post by Danny the Geezer)
    I tell you what is mediocre, something I read In the news..... guy gets just one C in is GCSEs and his Dad has now tried to sue the school bear in mind this isn't a comprehensive. No, this is a school where the Dad paid 120k school fees over the years. It's not the school's fault that the kid was too thick or lazy to apply himself. Bet his Dad's fuming but mayhaps 120k is a drop In the ocean??
    yeah I saw that story and it made me kinda angry...
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    A is an amazing grade! Why are people's understanding of excellence at GCSE blurred on this site?

    lol even a B is a good grade, not mediocre.
 
 
 
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