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    (Original post by scottyoneill)
    i think general studies is the only true indication of intelligence in the whole uk education system (pre-uni) .... all other a levels are basically a test of how much work you want to put in, or how long u can be bothered to spend remembering text books and doing past papers...
    Hmmm.. I'd think AEAs are more accurate though. No one I know has ever studied for an AEA, and many top students fail it - 50% ungradeds

    I did an Econs AEA, and it was HARD... unlike general studies, it actually tested depth as well, stuff you can't find in text books and lots of evaluation.
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    (Original post by NDGAARONDI)
    Perhaps but there is probably no real assessment of intelligence overall that I've heard of. Seen a few ideas advocated such as IQ but they have their downfalls.
    True, but I think GS is a good test for those who wish to take on a degree.
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    (Original post by ChemistBoy)
    True, but I think GS is a good test for those who wish to take on a degree.
    I really don't want to be all patronising and diss GS, because I took it for A2.... but I really don't think it is of much help in assessing intelligence.

    Honestly, I don't fare amazingly well on IQ tests, and I'm of average intelligence, only getting good grades coz' I worked hard, but I got 98% for GS, without any effort.

    It would be easy for me to say, "*yay*! I'm smart coz' I got 98% for GS", but I think that the exam is very shallow and just doesn't require much intellectual thought.

    However, stuff like AEAs seemed to be a better test of intelligence. I didn't prepare for my Econs AEA by studying or even doing a past paper, and I found the paper SERIOUSLY challenging. I got an M in the end, which I was very pleased with, although it was a damned struggled just to get an M.

    Although, from another point of view, AEAs also generously hand out lots of U grades to top students, which is always very puzzling.
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    (Original post by lilsunflower)
    Honestly, I don't fare amazingly well on IQ tests, and I'm of average intelligence, only getting good grades coz' I worked hard, but I got 98% for GS, without any effort.
    The IQ test isn't a good standard for comparison

    It would be easy for me to say, "*yay*! I'm smart coz' I got 98% for GS", but I think that the exam is very shallow and just doesn't require much intellectual thought.
    Well I think writing essays about current political and social issues is quite intellectual - maybe they don't do that anymore.

    However, stuff like AEAs seemed to be a better test of intelligence. I didn't prepare for my Econs AEA by studying or even doing a past paper, and I found the paper SERIOUSLY challenging. I got an M in the end, which I was very pleased with, although it was a damned struggled just to get an M.

    Although, from another point of view, AEAs also generously hand out lots of U grades to top students, which is always very puzzling.
    AEA's test your ability at a specific subject - not neccessarily a general marker of intelligence.
 
 
 
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