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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 8:50 am 
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Something I don't understand fully:

When you sit a GCSE module you are given a mark and a grade. Are the grades purely notional? Because I assume that to get the final grade they add up the marks for the various modules and award a grade in line with the grade boundaries for the total marks. So suppose you get a B for one module but are only one mark short of an A, you could easily get an A in the final exam, provided that your other modules were comfortably above the A boundary.

This seems self-evident as I write it, but my DD got a B (one mark short of an A) in an English module and is talking about having it remarked. So I am wondering why, as it's only one mark and surely the grade for the individual module doesn't matter? (Though of couse every mark helps!)


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:10 am 
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It's the UMS that are important not just the grade. You are correct that a B in one module might be one mark short of an A so a good mark in future module will push up the overall grade.

Think very hard before a re-sit because it puts additional pressure on future exams. We don't recommend resits in the case you describe.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:16 am 
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agreed MM and G55 - reckon retakes are only on the cards if it is going to make a significant difference to the number of UMS on offer at the eventual point of totting up the scores.... You don't want to be in the position of having to get 120% in the final module to get the grade you desire !

we have had some "interesting" module grades ... including a classy "U" in one A level :lol: :lol: - still get a good A at A2 though :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 5:49 pm 
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The anecdotal evidence that I have heard is that initially English marks moved significantly, but are no longer doing so.

This year I have heard of far more remarks moving significantly than in the last few years. It isn't common for schools to send off an entire cohort to have it remarked and this is happening in several schools that I know of across a variety of subjects.

I was glad that we requested an RE remark in this house as DS moved from a B to an A.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:36 pm 
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Thanks all for your answers - they are reassuring. I don't now whether DD was expecting a high A, though I do know that her teacher is pretty disappointed with the marks overall. I'll have to find out whether she thinks it's worth applying for a remark, but I don't think we'd consider a resit.


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Deadline for requesting a re-mark is very soon.


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