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What does it means if someone asks the qualification prior to highest degree ?

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    It's usually considered reasonable to give some reason for down-voting.
    – puppetsock
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 15:10
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    @puppetsockreinstateMonica Then I would have lots of explanations for the downvotes I get... But, oddly, they seem to be missing. BTW, it was not me.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 19:19
  • It would help us give a good answer if you gave more context. Without that context it is very hard to understand why anyone would want to know what was your "qualification prior to highest degree". One of the most distinguished scholars (full professor, Fellow of the Royal Society) under whom I studied would have had to answer that question as "Bachelor of Arts" - so what?
    – JeremyC
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 22:52
  • @JeremyC It seems relevant for a hiring committee, for instance, to ask about a junior candidate's highest and second highest qualification.
    – user2768
    Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 12:18

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It means that you should state the qualification that was completed before the highest degree you have.

So, for some completing their education in the UK, if they have a BBA in business, the prior qualification could be A levels.

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  • True, but so what?
    – JeremyC
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 22:52
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    @JeremyC because that is what they ask for, and you don't know why they ask or what they may consider doing with that information...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 22:57
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    @JeremyC some questions are posted on here by users who don't have such a good level of English and a simple explanation is often all they need.... Not sure my answer deserves a downvote.
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 23:02
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    @JeremyC It might not be an irrelevancy to an equality and diversity officer who's trying to work out where the "leaky pipeline" of academic career advancement leaks. Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 15:33
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    @JeremyC BTW, I think the correct, literal-minded answer in your case would not be "Bachelor of Arts", but "Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Mathematics". The subtleties of the question ("qualification" is not the same thing as "degree", "prior to highest" is not the same thing as "second-highest") are interesting and, I think, probably intentional. Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 15:49

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