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 Post subject: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:25 am 
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Hi I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on remarking a GCSE. My Ds was one UMS point off an A* in English language yesterday. He had been predicted an A* all year. Although he has done really well this is annoying him (first world problems!)
Does anyone have any experience with remarks, is it worth having a go and has anyone had their grade significantly lowered by a remark, which is his main concern!
I've contacted the school who are saying it's his choice and otherwise not offering much advice at all. Thanks in advance for any assistance.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:21 am 
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I have spent the last couple of years updating some of my O levels to GCSE's and I have applied for a copy of the papers and a remark for each one. Every single time I have picked up a couple of extra marks, which sometimes has elevated my result onto a higher grade. I have never lost a single mark, only gained. I know of a student who got 12 extra marks on a remark. I have never heard of a student losing marks on a remark. So I would certainly recommend you to apply for a remark and a copy of the papers. My dd is going into Y11 next month and we will do the same if she ends up in this situation. English marking is very tough, I do it every day and so I know how easy it is to slip up. It is possible his mark could go down but in my opinion that is not the likely outcome. He is solidly an A now so he would have to lose a lot of marks to go down to a B. Good luck, you need to act quickly on this. Let us know how you get on. DG


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:55 am 
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If he is one short of an A* then definitely worth a remark , although the score can go down (as well as up ) it is highly unlikely to be more than a few marks so wouldn't jeopardise the A and may come up with A*


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:57 am 
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DD lost 6 marks on an AS remark. Even if your DS lost some marks it would be unlikely to make the overall grade go down.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 8:09 am 
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Read the rules carefully. At GCSE you need to get a re-mark and the paper back in that order - a returned paper first means no upgrade is possible.

At AS/A2 you can ask for a photocopy before requesting a re-mark.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:55 am 
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Pupils certainly can lose marks as well as gain them.
However, since he is right at the top end of the A range, it would be highly unlikely to lose so many marks as to be downgraded to a B. If he was nearer the B boundary than the A, it would be much more of a risk to pursue this.
Grades can change but equally it is possible to be 1 or 2 marks from the grade above and to remain there even after a remark. I think the last staistics I read were for 2011 when 19% of all requested remarks resulted in a change of grade.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:20 pm 
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It's a no brainer as they say.


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:02 pm 
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DS sat GCSE Stats in Y10, and as he's youngest in his school year(he was still 14yr when he got the result) An A, just missed his target grade of an A* by 2%. 91.5% in the exam and 78% in the controlled assessment. So just wondering if I should look at a remark of the exam and assessment. If so what do I need to do etc?


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:22 pm 
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same here with Engl Lit and Eng LAng - 2 As despite being predicted A*s right through out course. Eng. Lit was 173/180 UMS - is it even worth considering re-mark or is 7 UMS too far off?
Thanks for advice


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 Post subject: Re: GCSE remark?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2014 1:52 pm 
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Alty - only the school can request re-marks of controlled assignments and that would need to be the whole lot. Were the assignments downgraded?

Errors in maths are rare but not unheard of.

Minesh - how many raw marks is that? You can find out via exam board website or school should help.


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