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ive come up with my own ( clearly a symptom of procrastination :P)

44 - 45 = 6A's
43 = 5A's 1B
42 = 5As
40 - 41 = 4As
38 - 39 = 3As 1B
36 - 38 = 3As
34 - 36 = 2As 1B

and so on
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There was actually an official evaluation of A-level/IB point scores;

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A-level                                     IB 
B,B,C                                      24 
A,A,A                                      28 
A,A,A,C                                   31 
A,A,A,A                                   33 
A,A,A,A,B                                36 
A,A,A,A,A                                38 
Off the scale                          40
BBC Link; Daily Mail.

It's a bit annoying how AAA is apparently worth 28 points; though I highly doubt that's how it works tbf. My sister got a 28 on the IB by sort of slacking off.
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Its not a conversion most unis will follow.
Like the top unis expect 3As from an Alevel student, but 38 points from an IB student.
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true...
my "conversions" are as per universities
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Is standard maths equivalent to A level maths?
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Nope. Standard Maths is in between AS and A2 level maths, though.
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So when a uni requires A level maths, I have to take Higher maths in order to meet this requirement?
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I'd imagine so, considering SL maths is only about AS maths.
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nope...
Standard Level math IS equal to A-level math.
Higher Level math is about furthur maths...
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Is there a specification for SL and HL maths?
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If SL Math was equal to A-level math then I wouldn't have had to apply for a foundation year for three of my universities.

Trust me, I don't think it's worth A-level math, although arguably I wouldn't say its easier considering how painful internal assessments can be. SL Math is so overshadowed these days, people assume that it's a lot easier than HL Maths when in reality SL Math can still be pretty challenging.

Glutamic, not sure tbh... But usually an A2 subject is the equivalent of an IB HL, regardless of the fact IB might be worth more; unfortunately!
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oh yeas.
Universities dont think that SL math is equivalent to A-level math.
But it is
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Ah, I've been waiting for a discussion like this...

If you get 6 As in IB its like just over 700 UCAS points, thats equivalent to just under 6 As at A2 & AS.

Tbh thats ridiculous! If you were to do 6 A-Levels at school you would have to spend 6 lessons after school every week, to get an A in all of them anyway.

IB students, however, still get around 2 free periods a week - well at my school anyway. The only reason they get that amount of UCAS points is because they have to do a certain amount of CAS hours. I'm an A-Level student and I do a few more 'CAS' hours a week compared to most IB students, such as mentoring and learning support. I'm not going to get any UCAS points for this though

It seems unfair to me, I didnt do IB because I'm dreadful at English and didn't want to get anything less than 6 As :p:.

Thank goodness unis don't actually consider the IB to be worth that much more than standard A-Levels.
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What topics do you do in SL maths?
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EDIT: See below for a better explanation
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The syllabus for SL Math is just a watered down version of HL Math syllabus. In SL Math you do: sequences and series, exponents and logarithms, functions and graphing them, circular functions, trigonometric equations, double angle formulae, matrices, vectors, statistics and probability, and differentiation and integration and applications of them such as volumes of revolution.
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(Original post by Blundell)

IB students, however, still get around 2 free periods a week - well at my school anyway. The only reason they get that amount of UCAS points is because they have to do a certain amount of CAS hours. I'm an A-Level student and I do a few more 'CAS' hours a week compared to most IB students, such as mentoring and learning support. I'm not going to get any UCAS points for this though
lol.
at my school I have no free classes.
classes go on till 4:00. all IB students stay after till 18:00 for each subject, for example after school math onmonday, econ/psych on tuesday, all sciences on wednesday, A1 languages on thursday and B/A2 on friday.
After that most of us have CAS to do for at least an hour, till 19:00...get back home at 19:30. THEN start on the **** load of hwk we have + the topics we do in HL are generally harder than A-level topics .(OH did i mention TOK??)

I agree that Standard level IB is the same as A-level normal...
but defo not higher lvel!
I am waiting for the days the stupid UK uni's give IB students the respect they deserve ^^
I will admit some uni's are very clued in with the IB, such as Liverpool but erm...places like City are definatelynot.

6 in IB HL
C in A-level math

WTFF!!
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There's a large difference between SL and HL. All the hard stuff is in HL.

SL is a lovely course, cause when it starts getting difficult the syllabus ends.
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(Original post by ashwin2290)
I agree that Standard level IB is the same as A-level normal...
but defo not higher lvel!
I doubt it. As trm90 said, he needed to take a foundation year, which doesn't indicate equivalence.

I am waiting for the days the stupid UK uni's give IB students the respect they deserve ^^
I will admit some uni's are very clued in with the IB, such as Liverpool but erm...places like City are definitelynot.
If you go by UCAS points, you get far more respect than you deserve. It's horribly more favourable to IB students and considering it's depth not breadth that counts in uni...
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I would say that 70% of the stuff done in HL is the same as SL...
but to achieve a 6 or a 7 in HL you need to master the other 30%
basically we do all the same topics as SL math.
for example, calculus, if there were 10 sub topics in Calculus which HL do, SL will do 7 of those sub-topics, but HL will do all 10.
also in the exam it will be 60% based on those 3 topics which are HL and 40% will be related to the other 7 topics.
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