an 8 is not equal to an a*Watch
when people compare the 9-1 system with the A*-G system everyone always says an 8 is equal to an A*. this isnt true. An A* is slightly better than an 8. a 9 is slightly better than an a*. If you look at charts online that directly compare the two systems you will see what i mean. also a 4 isnt quite as good as a C.