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Predicted Grades & gap year

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To what extend do predicted grades matter if I am taking a gap year?

[And, is it true that examiners are knowing your predicted grade and tend to give marks under the influence of your predicted grade?]

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Where are you talking about applying - the UK? If you're taking a gap year and intend to apply in that gap year (as opposed to applying along with everybody else who ISN'T taking a gap year and then deferring) then predicted grades mean nothing as you'll apply with your real grades. If you apply and then defer, obviously you won't have you real grades and so your predicted ones will matter a great deal and determine your place, so it's important to have good predictions!

The IB examiners have no clue what your predicted grades are (or indeed who you are), so nope they won't change your final grade in your actual exams! After all, the IB is marked objectively according to marking criteria.

Basically you only need to worry about predicted grades if you're in a position where they're going to be used before you receive your real ones. Unfortunately for most people applying to the UK who don't intend to apply AFTER their gap year, this means everybody!

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Thank you for your reply!

That's great to hear. I was worried by some propaganda that predicted grades actually somehow magically unofficially do count.

Makes life much easier :P

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