British universities are divided over whether to embrace the use of a new top grade -- A* -- on students' "A level" exams exiting high school, the Telegraph reports. The University of Cambridge said this week that it would begin considering the new grade because its admissions officials found themselves rejecting too many students who had earned straight A's on their comprehensive exams. But Oxford University and other institutions fear that the change would lead to huge increases in admission for students from the more elite independent and grammar schools, and hurt the prospects of pupils from state comprehensive schools.
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