What the fuck is wrong with the US education system?
>every school having different standards of GPA
>taking some shitty multiple choice test to decide where you'll be
>can take as many as possible, rewarding people who can go for tuition and spam tests like nobody's business
>people with no money fuckin just lose out
Unlike the UK,
>A levels always test what you learn in school
>open ended questions show actual competancy instead of "maybe its C", "oh i run out of time on ACT let's just spam C for the rest of the questions"
>Has actual experimental component in Physical science exams, e.g. Science Practical Exams, which test your experimental and analytical skills as well as theory
>Overall actually rewards people who gives a shit and studies instead of muh IQ and also less muh private tuition
Would like to hear what you guys think
Glad i went into a UK university instead
>people with no money fuckin just lose out
Reagan's America is a delusional meritocracy full of victim blaming shitheads that unironically believe pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is possible.
Literally a satanic country, not the good kind either.
US uni admissions are almost pridefully antimeritocratic. Standardized tests aren't as influential or as useless as you think, though. The SAT is a fairly good measure of reasoning ability, and many schools here are now "test-optional."
The issue of grades is where it really fucks up big. Especially in humanities classes. Look at an IB english rubric. Take time to really appreciate the level of ambiguity and amount of "professional discretion" assessing someone's work takes. Now imagine none of your papers are eternally moderated, that your one teacher is the first and final authority on what you score, and that the rubric itself has been replaced with one -the teacher wrote herself- to include as much discretionary power as possible so she may block students with whom she disagrees or ones she dislikes from top universities with artificially low grades and give out artificially high grades to students she likes, agrees with, or is successfully manipulated by. You have imagined American high school.
I shit you not, I even got this treatment in math. One test question asked to find lim x->0 of sin(x), so I wrote "sine is continuous on R. By the def. of continuity, lim x->0 sin(x)=sin(0)=0" and got no points. Turns out I "hadn't shown my work" because his markscheme explicitly said I had to say sin(x) "gets closer and closer to 0 as x gets closer and closer to zero." Which, call me crazy, seems precisely a verbal restatement of the equality I wrote down after my actual fucking argument. And yes, I raised the issue very respectfully with him. He gave me the runaround for a good fifteen minutes and made it clear he wouldn't correct my score. There were about a hundred of these landmines throughout the course, and he was much more sympathetic when they hit certain people.
Now you fill me in on how UK uni admissions, offers, predicted scores, etc work. Is whether you get a spot just based on your A-level results, are there other (exploitable) factors?
>Got a degree
>Could not immediately get a 6 figure job
>Went to America
Sounds about right. Since the beginning of time, we have been sending the retards and the scum to the traitorland.
>More pay in America
Hand in hand with higher costs for literally everything, including education.
>Nice being in denial, heh?
I'm happing looking at a retard who thinks that if the numbers are getting bigger in his pay check, he is earning more. If that is your logic then why don't you go to Zibabwe and earn a salary of one trillion trillion dollars huh?
You think that's bad my friend.
In highschool accounting we were doing an open book test and there was a definition question. So I went to the page and jotted down the definition word for word. Bitch marked me wrong. When I got it back I went to her and asked her which book I should be using instead, because this book says the definition is <whatever> and I copied it word for word. She gave me the marks.
>Did medical degree
>Aiming to be cardiothoracic surgeon
>Pay in UK:"Doctors in the specialty doctor grade (which would include surgeons) earn between £37,176 and £69,325. Consultant surgeons can earn a basic salary of between £75,249 and £101,451 per year, dependent on length of service."
>Pay in US: "a range usually between $342,901-$536,141"
Gosh yeah, I'll be 'broke' compared to if I worked in the same profession in England/Britain.
the source of all our plight can all be traced back to....Niggers.
>implying your ancestors aren't to blame
Just like how Blacks need to be blaming their ancestors for promoting slavery within their own countries.
Whites need to blame their ancestors for being lazy, greedy shits for bringing blacks to America for cheap labor.
Once again our greatest enemy is not others but ourselves, once you can accept that then you will be closer to personal peace.
> schools, factories, hospitals, instutitions, research programs, facilities
look at all those accomplished by the evil whites. but i'm glad we had slaves around, what would we do without all the cotton...
A-Levels are shit and so is our education system. Its entirely based around learning facts rather than the actual ways of thinking to derive those facts. England is probably the most anti-intellectual, do-everything-your-told place on the planet.
(I hope this isn't too patronising) Basically just
>Study ~10-12 GCSEs in Year 10-11 (about 60% are mandatory subjects like English, Maths, Science)
>If you did well, go into Sixth Form. If not go to a college, which is not at all the same as the US meaning, or some other vocational training (as of 2013 IIRC you have to be in some sort of education or training until 18)
>Study 4 or 5 AS levels (half an A Level)
>Get results from those
>Often people drop 1 AS Level here, continue studying 3/4 A2 levels (second half of an A Level)
>Apply to up to 5 unis before you get your results (this is done with a system called UCAS)
Here's the main bit:
>Uni will judge you based on your GCSEs (to some extent), AS results, predicted A2 results, personal statement and sometimes interviews at the university on applicant days
>Each uni may make you an offer. These are usually conditional based on your A2 results, sometimes pleb unis offer unconditional offers if you put them as your first choice
>Select a firm offer and an insurance offer
>Wait for results day
>If you fucked up, you can go through 'clearance' and find places in shit-tier unis, or re-take a year, do a gap year, etc.
>designed to test proficiency in writing, literary analysis, and appreciation of literary works
>hurr the rubric should be black and white and multiple choice questions only
please. you're what's wrong with the US's treatment of the humanities. Sorry if you think it's subjective, but it's a fucking literature course
Forgot to add that many high-tier unis require passing tests such as STEP, an advanced maths test (more advanced than Further Maths (an A Level)) with several levels. It's also a much less formulaic test than standard maths exams. Getting into Oxbridge for physics or maths requires passing STEP3 IIRC
Bear in mind this was cookbook calculus in high school. All "use integration by parts to find an antiderivative of x*e^x" and no "show that Γ(n+1)=n! for all nonnegative integers n." It didn't treat exp, log or the trig functions in any remotely analytic way. Honestly I'd have put some shit down like the easy series convergence argument on (-1,1) if I thought it remotely necessary. It was also like the third week.
My point is that the "justification" he penalized me for not having was neither justification nor absent from my work.