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# What grades would AAAA be in 3 a levels rather than 4? watch

1. So I got AAAA in 4 subjects at a level.

Say if I had done 3 A levels instead- what would I likely have gotten? A*A*A?

I know this post is going to get lots of sarky replies etc I know that it depends how good you are at the 3 blah blah and that’s not how a levels work.

There must be some research to show the negative effect on best 3 grades when taking a 4th a level.

This is purely curiosity.

Thanks
2. There is absolutely no way to meaningfully measure the effect of 3 A-levels vs 4 A-levels. There are simply too many variables to control for. If you want a statistical analysis you are going to have to do it yourself.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Set up a 2 groups of students A and B, all of them achieving very close to each other at GCSE, all of them doing the exact 3 A-levels with the B group doing an additional A-level. I would recommend sample sizes of 200+ but it is up to you. Wait 2 years for the results and analyze. There you have it.

Good luck!
3. This is not a 'sarky' reply, this is an honest reply A*A*A? God no far from it. If you couldn't get an A* out of 4 goes, you wouldn't get one out of 3. Anyone with a lot of work can get an A, an A* comes from natural ability, refined practice and exam technique. Answer: AAA. You're an 'A' not A* grade student.
4. (Original post by 9501282)
So I got AAAA in 4 subjects at a level.

Say if I had done 3 A levels instead- what would I likely have gotten? A*A*A?

I know this post is going to get lots of sarky replies etc I know that it depends how good you are at the 3 blah blah and that’s not how a levels work.

There must be some research to show the negative effect on best 3 grades when taking a 4th a level.

This is purely curiosity.

Thanks
This is a great question.

Imo its worth AAA with a spare A.

If you wanted three then why didnt you stick to three?
5. (Original post by 9501282)
So I got AAAA in 4 subjects at a level.

Say if I had done 3 A levels instead- what would I likely have gotten? A*A*A?

I know this post is going to get lots of sarky replies etc I know that it depends how good you are at the 3 blah blah and that’s not how a levels work.

There must be some research to show the negative effect on best 3 grades when taking a 4th a level.

This is purely curiosity.

Thanks
To be fair, AAAA isn't equivalent to A*A*A. You maybe could have gotten it if you had done 3. However, there are more factors to be considered.

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