90% of A Level Grades Rise after Retakes: Should You Consider Resitting?


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If you think that your Level grades may not get you into your chosen university, you can go through a so-called “clearing”, which might allow you to enter a university with lower requirements for entry.

You can look for another university from your second and third options list. Your other choice is to resit some of your Level modules and retake A level exams.

Things to consider

retake-a-level-examYou should not make your final decision right away. First, check with the university you like to see if they can accept you or if you have extenuating circumstances. The university might have some requirements that will qualify you for acceptance.

For example, they may have an opening on a different course or allow you to enter their Foundation year, which will give you a firm A-Level base in the university setting.

If one module got a significantly lower grade than the rest, you could consider getting it remarked if you think you worked hard and performed well in the exam.

Should you retake your A Levels?

retaking-my-A-levelsIf resitting is the only option left for you, it is vital to study your A-Level results first. The common reason people want to retake A Levels is to get higher grades than the ones they got. But you should think about why you did not do well in some modules.

For example, you might have worked hard but still failed the exams or did not work hard enough because there were too many distractions.

However, if you know you worked hard but did not do well in some subjects, you may do the following:

  • Consider lowering your university sights and investigating applying to another university with lower entry grades.
  • If a particular subject does not work for you, investigate doing a crash course in another subject.
  • Consider applying for a degree that does not have particular entry requirements.
  • Consider a degree where your Level scores fit all the entry requirements.
  • Think about changing the course you want to take.

For example, if you want to take medicine but failed chemistry or biology at A Levels, resitting might not be an option. If you fail it at A Levels, you will still have difficulty keeping it up at university.

The goal in resitting for A Levels is to improve your score. Otherwise, it will only be a waste of money and time. However, if you are confident that you can do better, then resetting is a good option.

Choosing the subjects to retake

can-you-resit-A-levelsRetake only the subjects that you think will boost your overall grade significantly. It is vital to determine which subject/s pulled down your overall grade. Another thing you should consider is time.

Do you have enough time to revise your score? Do you think you can improve your grade?

Not all universities accept applicants with retakes at A Levels. Before you start your resit, call the university you want to enter and ensure they will accept you. Know their specific requirements to understand if a resit will help.

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