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I don't really understand the target grades we've been given so far (I just started A-levels). I got 9 and 9 in English and history at GCSE and got A* and C for my first essays this year, respectively. However, I am targeted Bs in both. My friend, who got 7s in English and history at GCSE and got grade B and D for her first essays is targeted As in both.
Are they just a bit random? Will target grades affect predicted grades at A-level?
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I don't really understand the target grades we've been given so far (I just started A-levels). I got 9 and 9 in English and history at GCSE and got A* and C for my first essays this year, respectively. However, I am targeted Bs in both. My friend, who got 7s in English and history at GCSE and got grade B and D for her first essays is targeted As in both.
Are they just a bit random? Will target grades affect predicted grades at A-level?
Ask but its either what they think you can get or what they think you should be aiming for. Its early in the day dont worry and just do your best.
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Target grades don’t really have that much weight as they are quite often based off of ks2 results. They don’t have any weight on a level predictions however achieved GCSE grades impact your computer generated a level projections although these also don’t have any weight on the actual predictions if you flunk a level or worked harder and therefore greatly improved
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Ask but its either what they think you can get or what they think you should be aiming for. Its early in the day dont worry and just do your best.
Thanks for your help.
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Target grades don’t really have that much weight as they are quite often based off of ks2 results. They don’t have any weight on a level predictions however achieved GCSE grades impact your computer generated a level projections although these also don’t have any weight on the actual predictions if you flunk a level or worked harder and therefore greatly improved
Oh, I see, thank you.
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I don't really understand the target grades we've been given so far (I just started A-levels). I got 9 and 9 in English and history at GCSE and got A* and C for my first essays this year, respectively. However, I am targeted Bs in both. My friend, who got 7s in English and history at GCSE and got grade B and D for her first essays is targeted As in both.
Are they just a bit random? Will target grades affect predicted grades at A-level?
Target grades are often set using an automated system that factors in all your GCSEs and mixes in some magic dust to come up with a grade that is often relatively low. In 2 years time when you complete your A-levels and get a higher than TARGET grade they can claim they have "added value" by improving your performance against the target. That helps their rankings, etc

They usually aren't used for calculating your predicted grades.
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How come your still in A*-G in some subjects?
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How come your still in A*-G in some subjects?
A level innit
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Thanks for your help.
A level target grades will be based on your GCSEs and the average grade using something called ALIS. I don't find it very accurate for those with strengths in a few subjects as it under grades. Ignore it and worry about predictions.
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Oh, I see, thank you.
They aren't based on KS2 ...
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