I've obviously been very very very active here lmao but yeah can we all just like, um, ignore the fact that I haven't update anything on this blog for a long time? Can? YEAH GR8
Okay so for some reason I just feel like updating a new post here about whatever is going on in my life now. So if you are keeping track, you'd know that I am FINALLY at the end of my A-Level program now. I know I never really talk about it (*cough* procrastination at its best) but I'm going to do so now! YAY
Basically A-Level is a 2 or 1.5 years preparation program and I'm currently at the end of my second year in Kolej Tuanku Jaa'far, KTJ. So, what is A-Level? Okay, this program have a few different exam boards, CIE, Edexcel, AQA etc. They're all almost similar with slight differences. Since I'm taking CIE and Edexcel, that's what I'm going to be explaining about today. The minimum subject required for most unis in UK is 3 but I'm doing 4 subjects - Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths. My Physics and Chem are under the CIE exam boards but my Maths are under Edexcel. So, what IS the difference?
If you're taking CIE Double Maths (like in KYUEM), you'd probably will be looking at less papers (I think it's 2 papers per year per subject? not sure) but on the other side, if you're going to do Edexcel Maths, you gonna need to take 12 papers. Yeah, that sounds like a shit ton of maths to do in two years but honestly I prefer the Edexcel Maths as all the modules (core, statistics, mechanics, decision maths) are seperated. So, if you, let say failed or had a near miss (God forbid) in one of the modules, you can just retake just one paper instead of retaking everything like in CIE. But the cons are obviously the fact that you have TWELVE papers to take haha don't worry you'll survive. How Edexcel works is that you'd need 6 modules for Mathematics and 6 modules for Further Mathematics and you get to choose which modules you want to do - not so bad now right. So what happened to me last year is that I missed my A* (read: A+) for Mathematics because I didn't managed to get above 90 for my Core 4, hence I'm retaking that paper, life is great lmao
Moving on, the CIE Physics and Chemistry are pretty similar. You'll have 5 papers, 3 for AS Level and 2 in the second year. If you're quick then you'd realize that yes I have a total 22 papers to take in just two years. This is why most people drop a subject because you simply don't need four. Like I said earlier, most unis in UK will only look at 3 subjects but why am I taking four then?? It's because I'm applying to Imperial College London, ICL. Since ICL requirements for Mechanical Engineering is 4 subjects, I don't really have a choice now huhu. Well that's a lie, I actually can drop a subject but then my requirement would be changed to A*A*A instead of the A*AAA right now. But obv that doesn't really sounds ideal or realistic, so yeah, I didn't drop anything.
Yeah, that's kinda my short summary of what I'm doing here in KTJ. Right now, I'm currently down to my last 5 papers and they're all Maths lel ih8it. Oh yeah the other cons of doing Edexcel is that their papers are late so if you take CIE you'd probably be done with most of your papers by now. I even have not one, BUT TWO papers on Hari Raya itself. Crying inside, second year not going back for Raya is quite sad okay. The only thing that keeps me going now is my trip to Nha Trang, Vietnam with my girlfriends (Elsa and Su Bin) after I'm done with A2. Sooooo excited for that and if I'm feeling like it I'd probably write about that trip on this blog hehe.
P/s: I just got my BTS Tour tickets for London today so I'm vvvv happy rn.
Til then, S.