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    What does "three" mean in this sentence

    Hi!
    I have just read an article at Oxford steps up its own entrance exam to out applicants simply trained to pass A-levels | Mail Online
    I don't understand the meaning of the word three in this context:

    The about-turn follows a sharp rise in the number of applicants in just five years to 17,000 amid concerns over ‘grade inflation’. Almost all are predicted three As at A-level.


    Thanks a lot
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    Re: What does "three" mean in this sentence

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    Three As refers to the the grades someone received. In the UK, grades are assigned in letters, A* being the highest, F being the lowest.

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    Re: What does "three" mean in this sentence

    Most people in the UK take at least three subjects at "A" level. These days, it's more likely to be four or five. Those students who take three subjects will be given a prediction of the grade they are likely to get in those subjects. If the prediction is that they will achieve an A grade in all three, then the prediction is that they will achieve "three As".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does "three" mean in this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Most people in the UK take at least three subjects at "A" level. These days, it's more likely to be four or five. Those students who take three subjects will be given a prediction of the grade they are likely to get in those subjects. If the prediction is that they will achieve an A grade in all three, then the prediction is that they will achieve "three As".
    I see; so "three" refers to the number of subjects in which those students are likely to get an A, doesn't it?
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    Re: What does "three" mean in this sentence

    Yes and no. It refers to the number of grade As they will get, regardless of the subject or of how many exams they took in total.
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    Re: What does "three" mean in this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes and no. It refers to the number of grade As they will get, regardless of the subject or of how many exams they took in total.
    Thanks a lot for your help
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