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    Is it normal at this stage of applying for 2017 entry, for schools to give out predicted grades for A2? Especially if you have not taken AS? Or is it normal for them when asked to say "not sure, we'll have to see" or "we can't predict you a grade because you're doing it online because we couldn't find a teacher to cover maternity leave"? How else are you supposed to make sure you are aiming at the right universities, say if your Spanish progress report says "target grade B, on course for D, mock result U" but you think you can get a C if you really work hard? How does this process usually happen, do you have to chase and nag to get the prediction?
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    (Original post by Artjen)
    Is it normal at this stage of applying for 2017 entry, for schools to give out predicted grades for A2? Especially if you have not taken AS? Or is it normal for them when asked to say "not sure, we'll have to see" or "we can't predict you a grade because you're doing it online because we couldn't find a teacher to cover maternity leave"? How else are you supposed to make sure you are aiming at the right universities, say if your Spanish progress report says "target grade B, on course for D, mock result U" but you think you can get a C if you really work hard? How does this process usually happen, do you have to chase and nag to get the prediction?
    Are you at a school in the UK? Yes it's normal for your school to give you your predictions now, or within the next few weeks anyway.

    Have you been given a deadline by your school to write your PS and/or finalise your UCAS choices?
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    (Original post by Artjen)
    Is it normal at this stage of applying for 2017 entry, for schools to give out predicted grades for A2? Especially if you have not taken AS? Or is it normal for them when asked to say "not sure, we'll have to see" or "we can't predict you a grade because you're doing it online because we couldn't find a teacher to cover maternity leave"? How else are you supposed to make sure you are aiming at the right universities, say if your Spanish progress report says "target grade B, on course for D, mock result U" but you think you can get a C if you really work hard? How does this process usually happen, do you have to chase and nag to get the prediction?
    Schools provide predicted grades at this stage of the academic year all the time, and they should tell you what they are so that you can pitch your application sensibly. However, if you are not applying to courses with a 15th October deadline, there is time for them to get the measure of how your work is going this term as the next deadline isn't until 15th January. If you are doing an online course through the school they should be able to predict a grade for you. If it is not through the school, you are presumably still receiving tuition, in which case the tutor can advise your school what grade they would expect you to achieve, so that the school can add this to your application.

    The point about predicted grades is not what you think you will get, but what your (usually) experienced teachers think is realistic/likely. There is little point in 'talking up' your grades as all that will happen is either that the unis will see the gap between actual achievement to date and predicted and reject you straight off, or you will end up with offers that you have little chance of actually meeting, Schools do get it wrong and under-predict sometimes, but it is more common for the errors to run the other way.
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    Ive posted somewhere else. My daughter's teacher made a mistake and UCAS think she will be getting BBC instead of BCC ... she's in year 13.

    One university offered her a place conditional upon BBC. When she asked why (they stated they want CCC) they emailed her direct to say that is because she was predicted BBC.

    Her teacher said she had written down the wrong letter.

    She got CCD in her AS levels so I do not see how she could possibly get BBC. CCC is more realistic.
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    (Original post by vrm99)
    Ive posted somewhere else. My daughter's teacher made a mistake and UCAS think she will be getting BBC instead of BCC ... she's in year 13.

    One university offered her a place conditional upon BBC. When she asked why (they stated they want CCC) they emailed her direct to say that is because she was predicted BBC.

    Her teacher said she had written down the wrong letter.

    She got CCD in her AS levels so I do not see how she could possibly get BBC. CCC is more realistic.
    It is highly possible to achieve them grades if she consistently revises, however if you have any doubts it is best speaking to her teacher yourself as there is a reason her teachers have predicted higher.
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    (Original post by vrm99)
    Ive posted somewhere else. My daughter's teacher made a mistake and UCAS think she will be getting BBC instead of BCC ... she's in year 13.

    One university offered her a place conditional upon BBC. When she asked why (they stated they want CCC) they emailed her direct to say that is because she was predicted BBC.

    Her teacher said she had written down the wrong letter.

    She got CCD in her AS levels so I do not see how she could possibly get BBC. CCC is more realistic.
    You can ask her referee to contact UCAS to correct the prediction. And she can then notify her choices.

    But it's reasonably likely they will accept her with CCC if that's their typical offer. It's uncommon for univerities to increase their offer to match a prediction - they normally just make their usual offer.
 
 
 
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