What is the equivalent of AAA at GCE A-Level in your country? (especially Europeans!)

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Lothar
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Hey guys,

basically as stated in the title: what is the equivalent of AAA at GCE A-Level in your country? (especially Europe)

Also, for those whom it concerns, would you say that English universities whom you apply to and receive an offer from generally make a good judgement on the grades they ask you to obtain in your end of school exams?

Just curious, cos by no means all but certainly some of the UK unis I applied to didn't seem to understand how the French Bac system works...
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What universities did you apply to?
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Passing the V.W.O. exam should be the equivalent of three GCE A-levels in the Netherlands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educati...he_Netherlands

Here's some more useful information: http://www.nuffic.nl/
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Passing the V.W.O. exam should be the equivalent of three GCE A-levels in the Netherlands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educati...he_Netherlands

Here's some more useful information: http://www.nuffic.nl/
And an A is equivalent to 8.5/9.0 in VWO.
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It's likely to be AA/AAB in Advanced Higher.
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In Italy it's like getting an average of at least 95/100 in the final exam (Esame di Stato o Maturita')
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(Original post by Fetai)
Passing the V.W.O. exam should be the equivalent of three GCE A-levels in the Netherlands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educati...he_Netherlands

Here's some more useful information: http://www.nuffic.nl/
thanks for the links! was just reading the wiki page, seems quite hard to correlate grades with uk ones... d'you have any idea what type of an offer a British uni might make to someone from the Netherlands, if they wished to ask for three As?

(Original post by MisaG)
In Italy it's like getting an average of at least 95/100 in the final exam (Esame di Stato o Maturita')
Cool 95/100 sounds pretty high!!! how many people get that? Is it just one exam or do you take a range of subjects?

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It's likely to be AA/AAB in Advanced Higher.
Thanks Advanced higher is Scottish, right? How many subjects do you take?

Thanks for the answers everyone, keep them coming in!!
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Advanced higher is Scottish, right? How many subjects do you take?
AHs aren't an explicit requirement for entry into Scottish universities (and many English ones): Highers are the main qualifications. Highers are slightly more advanced than AS-levels, and people normally take four or five (with AAAAB being the stated minimum requirement for the most competitive courses, such as medicine).
The year following Highers, AHs can optionally be taken, possibly alongside more Highers. As I stated above, roughly the equivalent of AAA at A-level is AA for two subjects at AH or AAB for three.
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(Original post by Oogamy)
It's likely to be AA/AAB in Advanced Higher.
AA is pushing it probably :tongue:
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Cool 95/100 sounds pretty high!!! how many people get that? Is it just one exam or do you take a range of subjects?
Yes, it is high. However, there are few students in each school that manage to get that score. Basically, you need to have very good scores in each subject (8-9/10) in order to have a chance to go over 90. Then, you've got to do some written tests which depend on the type of your school (for example, I did a translation from ancient greek, an essay and a test about all my school subjects) and, eventually, you get interviewed by some teachers of yours and an external committee about everything you studied during the last year of school (and sometimes even more).

Anyway, it seems very high but keep in mind that the minimum score is 60!
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(Original post by Lothar)
thanks for the links! was just reading the wiki page, seems quite hard to correlate grades with uk ones... d'you have any idea what type of an offer a British uni might make to someone from the Netherlands, if they wished to ask for three As?
Oxford requires Dutch students to pass the V.W.O. exam with a minimum of 8 in individual subjects. This link might be useful to compare A-levels with other countries:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...ons/index.html
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(Original post by Fetai)
Oxford requires Dutch students to pass the V.W.O. exam with a minimum of 8 in individual subjects. This link might be useful to compare A-levels with other countries:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under...ons/index.html
Thanks a lot Fetai, that's really very interesting! I didn't apply to Oxford myself and I'd never come across that page of theirs...

And to MisaG, cheers for the explanations I find other countries' qualifications really interesting to compare to English ones!
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Are advanced highers meant to be harder than a-levels then on average?
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Are advanced highers meant to be harder than a-levels then on average?
Yes. This is backed up by offers from English unis for scottish applicants being slightly lower than for English applicants.
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Yes. This is backed up by offers from English unis for scottish applicants being slightly lower than for English applicants.
Ah ok, well I'm part scottish living in England so that feels good :tongue:
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I'm Canadian and an A typically is 90% and higher. Although some schools look at an A as being above 80%.
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Same in a lot of schools in America I think.
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And an A is equivalent to 8.5/9.0 in VWO.
Are you sure? That seems pretty harsh considering an 8.5 in most subjects is 90%, and an A in most subjects at A Level is more like 75%!
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Most have specified entry requirements for differet coutries on their country pages.
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