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    hi
    so i'm new here and i just need some advice..

    i'm currently in year 12, and my english (lit) teachers have decided that they are not going to insist i do the AS this june.

    they are making a few people do it - those who they feel might struggle to get a good grade at the end of the a-level course, and want them to have something to show for their work thus far. i'm not the worst student, but i'm no way near the best (i'm currently about a band 3).

    i had gotten myself into the mindset that they would force the exam on me, and that i would definatley be doing it this june. now i know that isn't the case, it's up to me as to whether i do it or not.

    does anyone have any advice as to whether i sit the exam or not? i'm worried that i'll get stressed about it and screw my chances for next year in the process, or that i'll fail it entirely and have it stuck on my ucas forms. the other option is that it gives me the motivation to succeed - i have been known to slack off until the deadline is scarily close, and i know this really can't happen!

    has anyone done/not done the AS, and then gone on to complete the full a-level? would you recommend/not recommend it? any stories/suggestions greatly apreciated! thanks!
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    (Original post by mole.p)
    hi
    so i'm new here and i just need some advice..

    i'm currently in year 12, and my english (lit) teachers have decided that they are not going to insist i do the AS this june.

    they are making a few people do it - those who they feel might struggle to get a good grade at the end of the a-level course, and want them to have something to show for their work thus far. i'm not the worst student, but i'm no way near the best (i'm currently about a band 3).

    i had gotten myself into the mindset that they would force the exam on me, and that i would definatley be doing it this june. now i know that isn't the case, it's up to me as to whether i do it or not.

    does anyone have any advice as to whether i sit the exam or not? i'm worried that i'll get stressed about it and screw my chances for next year in the process, or that i'll fail it entirely and have it stuck on my ucas forms. the other option is that it gives me the motivation to succeed - i have been known to slack off until the deadline is scarily close, and i know this really can't happen!

    has anyone done/not done the AS, and then gone on to complete the full a-level? would you recommend/not recommend it? any stories/suggestions greatly apreciated! thanks!
    Hi there! These new Linear A levels are so annoying aren't they?

    I'm in year 13, and my school made everybody do the AS last year, and i'd suggest taking it. Imo AS exams are really good at preparing you for sitting the A Level - if I hadn't done ASs I would have no idea what the pressure would have been like nearing my a2 exams and therefore also probably not known how to cope with it. It's also good experience in actually sitting the exam and like you said if you don't get the grades you want it can be a huge motivation. If you fail it completely, then honestly isn't it better to find out during an AS that you've not been revising/writing the essays properly than at A2? And a lot of people at my school realised that sixth form really wasn't for them after AS and have gone into apprenticeships etc where they're much happier

    And if you do do well then you have a good qualification to show off to unis on UCAS/to employers etc

    Tl;dr if you've got the option then I'd say take it. If someone who hasn't done AS could give their opinion that's give out a more balanced argument, but the stress and pressure you'd get from doing the AS you'll have to feel next year anyway, so might as well get used to it now right? :P

    Hope this helps your decision somewhat, and good luck
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    (Original post by Ruthie2267)
    Hi there! These new Linear A levels are so annoying aren't they?

    I'm in year 13, and my school made everybody do the AS last year, and i'd suggest taking it. Imo AS exams are really good at preparing you for sitting the A Level - if I hadn't done ASs I would have no idea what the pressure would have been like nearing my a2 exams and therefore also probably not known how to cope with it. It's also good experience in actually sitting the exam and like you said if you don't get the grades you want it can be a huge motivation. If you fail it completely, then honestly isn't it better to find out during an AS that you've not been revising/writing the essays properly than at A2? And a lot of people at my school realised that sixth form really wasn't for them after AS and have gone into apprenticeships etc where they're much happier

    And if you do do well then you have a good qualification to show off to unis on UCAS/to employers etc

    Tl;dr if you've got the option then I'd say take it. If someone who hasn't done AS could give their opinion that's give out a more balanced argument, but the stress and pressure you'd get from doing the AS you'll have to feel next year anyway, so might as well get used to it now right? :P

    Hope this helps your decision somewhat, and good luck
    thank you for your advice!! i've decided not to but thanks anyways
 
 
 
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