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 Post subject: Grade Boundaries
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 10:24 am 
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I've just been checking some of the grade boundaries for Edexcel Maths A. My question applies to all exam boards & subjects.

If there are 2 papers and you need a total of say 164 for an A*. What happens if you get for 80 on one paper (a very high A ) and maybe 90 on the other paper (so an A*). So your total mark would be 170. Is your final grade an A*?


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Boundaries
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 10:35 am 
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I think that's right. Although sometimes papers are weighted so that the marks on one paper are more significant than on the other(s) sat ( I recall my DS told me that for his IGCSE chemistry ( might have been physics) a factor of 1.5 is applied to one of the papers. I doubt that would be the case with Maths though but you would have to check.


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Boundaries
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 10:37 am 
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Edexcel also confuses me , methinks AQA is much more transparent !

I think a stronger paper can compensate for a weaker paper??


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 Post subject: Re: Grade Boundaries
PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2015 2:06 pm 
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It's the total UMS that determines the grade - the individual grade boundaries for each paper are set to reach the right total and also used if a student is unwell in one paper so results can be compared.


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