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I’m American and I heard A levels are the reciprocal of AP Tests and SAT Level subjects. Is that correct? I still don’t know what GCSEs are though
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You can think of them as the equivalent yes. GCSEs are exams that you take when you're 15 or 16 that enable you to take A-Levels and other UK qualifications
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You can think of them as the equivalent yes. GCSEs are exams that you take when you're 15 or 16 that enable you to take A-Levels and other UK qualifications
So what could GCSE be equivalent to in American system? ACT? Class grade?
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Skyrunner61 is correct, and the grades you get at A Level determine what university and courses you can do. GCSE's now I believe are graded from 9-1 instead of A*-U. I believe a C at GCSE is a pass, and most people try to get at least 5 passes. At GCSE, most students study between 8-11 subjects, whilst at A Level you study 3-4 subjects in much greater detail.
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I mean, a C used to be considered a pass. But now there's a bit of confusion on whether a grade 4 or 5 is considered a pass. They say a 4 is a standard pass, whilst a 5 is a good pass.
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To confirm what randomsheep11 said, GCSEs are now graded from 9–1, where a 9 is higher than an A*. Generally if you want to go to a decent university, you need the good pass of a grade 5 for English and Maths. The really good ones tend to ask for a 6 (equivalent to a B) or higher though
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To confirm what randomsheep11 said, GCSEs are now graded from 9–1, where a 9 is higher than an A*. Generally if you want to go to a decent university, you need the good pass of a grade 5 for English and Maths. The really good ones tend to ask for a 6 (equivalent to a B) or higher though
So F.E: I have a 95 on Calculus class. Is that like an A for GCSE for math?
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So F.E: I have a 95 on Calculus class. Is that like an A for GCSE for math?
I mean...sort of? GCSEs are standard tests for the whole country though, I don't know if your Calculus class is standardised across the states but I have a feeling not so it might not be valued as highly depending on what school you go to

Why are you curious about British secondary school education qualifications?
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I mean...sort of? GCSEs are standard tests for the whole country though, I don't know if your Calculus class is standardised across the states but I have a feeling not so it might not be valued as highly depending on what school you go to

Why are you curious about British secondary school education qualifications?
So I was going through International entry requirements for some universities and for Lancaster I saw something like this:
A-Level Requirement: AAB (Which I have, 3 AP’s with 554)

But then I saw this:

GCSE requirement: Grade 6 on Math and Grade 5 on English.

And I didn’t know what those were and I thought I wasn’t gonna meet the entry requirements.
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(Original post by Joservela)
So I was going through International entry requirements for some universities and for Lancaster I saw something like this:
A-Level Requirement: AAB (Which I have, 3 AP’s with 554)

But then I saw this:

GCSE requirement: Grade 6 on Math and Grade 5 on English.

And I didn’t know what those were and I thought I wasn’t gonna meet the entry requirements.
I would say that a 95 in Calc class is worth more than a 6 in Math. If you think you wouldn't meet the entry requirements for a university though, the best people to ask about it is the uni admissions staff
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(Original post by Joservela)
So I was going through International entry requirements for some universities and for Lancaster I saw something like this:
A-Level Requirement: AAB (Which I have, 3 AP’s with 554)

But then I saw this:

GCSE requirement: Grade 6 on Math and Grade 5 on English.

And I didn’t know what those were and I thought I wasn’t gonna meet the entry requirements.
Basically, a grade 6 is equivalent to a B in the old grading system. A grade 5 is equivalent to a grade C in the old grading system. I'd suggest emailing the university and telling them what qualifications you have. I have emailed many universities about many little enquiries.
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So F.E: I have a 95 on Calculus class. Is that like an A for GCSE for math?
The school leaving age in England was (up until a few years ago) 16. GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) were the final exams you'd take at that age. When I was at school, we had to do GCSEs in Maths, English Language, English Literature, a foreign language, and a science. There were other subjects too; and typically you'd do at least 8 subjects in total. For example, I did Maths, English Language, English Lit, French, German, Latin, Physics, Chemistry and Religious Studies.

Calculus was (and I assume still is) beyond what you'd do at GCSE level.

To get into a sixth-form college (or continue at a school with a sixth form) you'd need 5 or 6 passes at GCSE level. You'd normally need to have at least a pass in English Language and Maths (to show that you met at least a minimum level of literacy and numeracy). Likewise to go to university you'll need passes at GCSE English Language and Maths for the same reason, on top of the A-level exams you take at age 18 (normally 3, sometimes 4 subjects).

For international students, universities should be able to explain what qualifications they consider as equivalent to GCSEs and A-levels. (And note that Scotland, while part of the UK, has its own set of qualifications that are different from GCSEs/A-Levels.)
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(Original post by Joservela)
So I was going through International entry requirements for some universities and for Lancaster I saw something like this:
A-Level Requirement: AAB (Which I have, 3 AP’s with 554)

But then I saw this:

GCSE requirement: Grade 6 on Math and Grade 5 on English.

And I didn’t know what those were and I thought I wasn’t gonna meet the entry requirements.
Have you looked in detail at Lancaster's requirements for international students?

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/und...ualifications/
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Have you looked in detail at Lancaster's requirements for international students?

http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/und...ualifications/
I have and I meet them. But for Business Economics course it showed that GCSE math and English requirement which I don’t know If I need since I’m not British
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General Certificate of Secondary Education (16)
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I have and I meet them. But for Business Economics course it showed that GCSE math and English requirement which I don’t know If I need since I’m not British
GCSE Maths and English requirements are there to try to ensure basic numeracy and literacy. Your non-AP qualifications should suffice, which is why the above page mentions SATs, high school diplomas etc.

If in any doubt contact the relevant university.
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