<p>My school offers 2 curriculms..
New Zealand Certicate Assesment (NCEA)
Cambridge International Examination (CIE)</p>
<p>NCEA is an easy-fair course. It is intended for average students. It's a New Zealand curriculm. It was introduced only 1-2 years ago so I doubt that adcoms are familiar with NCEA.</p>
<p>CIE is a hard course. It is intended for the 'accelerated' students. It's internationaly recognised.
In my school, we can only take 1 A-Level. 2 A-Level courses for really special students. So at year 13, we take 2 or 3 AS subjects and 1 A-Level subject.</p>
<p>Right now, I'm taking NCEA, but I have an option to change to CIE.</p>
<p>I'm afraid that the admission commitee at colleges will compare me to other CIE students and see that I only have 1 A-level course whilst everyone else has like 4 to 5 A-Level courses.</p>
<p>Plus, if I choose CIE, I'll have to catch up to the AS class. This will be probably really hard because NCEA level 1 and IGCSE are at totally differnt levels. So, if I start AS next year, I'll probably end up getting really bad grades like B's and C's. </p>
<p>NCEA is easy. It's not a 'rigorous curriculum'. My guidance councellor will surely tick a box that says something like 'average curriculm'.</p>
<p>So should I take CIE and get bad grades and get compared with the rest of the international students but take a good curriculum so I'd be 'taking the most of all the opportunities given'.?</p>
<p>Or stick with NCEA, get good grades but take an average curriculum?</p>
BTW, what's O-Levels?</p>