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    • 21-08-2016
      12:01

    GCSE Results Day – 25th August 2016 – Grade Boundaries

    Hi guys!

    Can you believe it’s GCSE results day already?! :eek: Two years of hard work are about to come to an end; I’m sure many of you will be incredibly relieved by that, but I guarantee some of you will miss them when A levels kick in or maybe you’ll be starting a BTEC, the IB, an apprenticeship and so on. Either way, you’ve got a lot of hard work ahead but I’m sure you’ll all cope extremely well I remember being really nervous, yet strangely excited for my GCSE results day, and it was certainly a very interesting day! You’ll see tears of joy and tears that we don’t want any of you having! Regardless of what your grades are on Thursday, as long as you put your heart and soul into your exams and coursework, you should be so proud of your achievements. Grades on a piece of paper are not the be all and end all of your life (though it may feel that way at the time!) and they definitely do not define your intelligence, so please don’t feel you’ve let yourself down if you don’t reach your goals. I didn’t, and I couldn’t be happier with where I am at the moment

    Now to get to the important stuff! If you want to know all about grade boundaries, and access them when they’re first released, then you’re in the right place often people aren’t too sure about what they mean or have specific questions regarding them, so this thread is for all of you. I’m sure most of you are here as you want to see the boundaries themselves, however, so once they are available, they will be linked below! How scary Grade boundaries are usually released the day before results day itself, so we expect them to be available on the 24th August! Sometimes they’re released at midnight, sometimes they’re released in the daytime, so keep your eyes pealed. If you’re super speedy and discover they’re out before they are linked in this post, go ahead and let us know and we’ll link them straight away

    Grade boundaries can be a bit intimidating and a little confusing at times, so if you’re a bit stuck and have any questions about what you’re looking at, what you need for a certain grade in a certain exam, please quote/tag/mention me! Or mention any of the other members of the Study Help Support Team, as they are all here to support you with anything

    I’d also just like to draw your attention to the wonderful threads set up just for you guys on this upcoming results day! The amazing Gingerbread101 has created two excellent threads, one all about retakes and remarks , and the other focused on advice if you didn’t quite do as well as you hoped or expected If you’re feeling really proud of yourself and want to show everyone the grades you achieved, the lovely Black Rose has set up a thread just for you

    Right, now for the details!

    The Grade Boundaries

    The following links will be red once the grade boundaries have been linked in

    Edexcel
    Edexcel IGCSE
    AQA
    AQA IGCSE
    WJEC
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    CIE
    CCEA

    What are grade boundaries for and what do they mean?

    There are essentially two types of grade boundaries. The grade boundaries for the whole GCSE, expressed in UMS (these will always be the same), and the grade boundaries for each exam you sit (these change each year). The grade boundaries basically show you what marks are needed to get a particular grade, and range from an A* to a G. For individual unit grade boundaries, the marks required to achieve a specific grade are raw marks, not UMS, which are scaled marks used to ensure a fair comparison across the years. So if a paper has 80 achievable marks in total, and the grade boundaries are 64 for an A*, that’s the exact mark you need. Another year it could be 67 for an A*, so bear in mind these do vary a lot, and UMS will be scaled accordingly. For the entire GCSE, the boundaries are expressed in UMS:

    For a GCSE out of 200:

    A* = 90% (180/200)
    A = 80% (160/200)
    B = 70% (140/200)
    C = 60% (120/200)
    D = 50% (100/200)

    And so on Aforementioned, these boundaries will ALWAYS be this way.

    Why are individual unit grade boundaries different each year?

    Of course, new papers are used each year, as does the cohort of students sitting the exams, meaning that grade boundaries need to be adjusted to accommodate this. Some papers may have a few slightly trickier questions than others, meaning it could be more difficult to achieve top marks, so it’s important to take this into consideration to avoid exams being unfair across the years. They basically consider the overall performance across the students who sit the exam, so if there seems to be a lower amount of students reaching the top grades, the boundaries will be decreased, whilst they will be increased if a greater number of students perform very well. Essentially, a paper with the general consensus that it’s difficult will mean lower boundaries and vice versa. As a whole, grade boundaries ensure that it is a fair process each year, if they were fixed, students who sat an “easier” paper would have an unfair advantage.

    What should I do if I am very close to the next boundary?

    One of the most frustrating things is being really close to the next highest grade boundary, particularly if it’s the difference between a pass and a fail, or if you have a personal goal you were oh so close to reaching but falling short by a couple of marks. When it comes to subject like GCSE Mathematics and English Language, it is even more annoying as getting that C/B is so important. However, there are options, as always! You could perhaps look into getting a remark, which is exactly as it sounds – getting your paper marked again. This is an option that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as 1. it can be quite expensive, and 2. there is a chance your mark could go down or simply stay the same. This is obviously only recommended if you are very close, and is perhaps a better option for a more subjective GCSE like English Literature rather than a more objective subject like Maths or Chemistry. A remark is definitely a decision to discuss with your teachers who will be able to guide you. It’s also important to note that a remark will only potentially make a difference if you’re close to the OVERALL GCSE boundary, not just the individual unit boundary

    Remember to check out the retakes and remarks thread linked previously for more details on this subject

    So, all that is really left to say is, BEST OF LUCK! :hugs: I hope you are all extremely happy with what you achieve on Thursday You’ve worked so hard and it’s what you all deserve. But do take into account that few universities and degrees require the top grades, so if you fall short, don’t panic! I’ll be just a PM away if you need any advice or support

    Last edited by Dez; 24-08-2016 at 10:38.

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    • 22-08-2016
      10:56

    Thank you for this helpful and informative thread, I keep checking here to see when AQA maths boundries are released.

    Oliver

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    • 22-08-2016
      11:19

    ( Original post by bigoliver)

    Thank you for this helpful and informative thread, I keep checking here to see when AQA maths boundries are released.

    Oliver

    No worries at all! Fingers crossed they’re good for you!

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    • 22-08-2016
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    ( Original post by Changing Skies)

    No worries at all! Fingers crossed they’re good for you!

    a bit of a dumb question here how much can the GBs vary in edexcel gcse maths ?

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    • 22-08-2016
      17:47

    ( Original post by Waveyalex)

    a bit of a dumb question here how much can the GBs vary in edexcel gcse maths ?

    Not a dumb question at all just like all of the other subjects, there will be different questions each year, meaning the students sitting the exam that year as a whole may perform better or worse in comparison to other years, perhaps due to questions being easier or more difficult that year so the boundaries have to be adjusted to accommodate this!

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      • 22-08-2016
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      Okay, thanks for this thread.

      IGCSE is already out right?

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      • 22-08-2016
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      ( Original post by Changing Skies)

      x

      GB for GCSE’s go live midnight on the day before results day right?

      I wonder if my sibling got the grade she needed in Maths. :moon:

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      • 22-08-2016
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      Thank you

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      • 22-08-2016
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      ( Original post by XxKingSniprxX)

      GB for GCSE’s go live midnight on the day before results day right?

      I wonder if my sibling got the grade she needed in Maths. :moon:

      Yes. For all exam boards excluding AQA.

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      • 22-08-2016
        23:41

      Changing Skies Can you upload the grade boundary for FSMQ OCR/AQA maths as some GCSE students have done them and they are available under a Level 3 qualification in the AS/A level grade boundary booklet!

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      • 23-08-2016
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      I really hope grade boundaries for Edexcel Maths is low! I’m dying for that A* – GOOD LUCK everyone

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      • 23-08-2016
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      Not the first post.

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      • 23-08-2016
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      Good luck everyone!

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      • 23-08-2016
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      Is it true the grade boundaries will be released at midnight for most exam boards?

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      • 23-08-2016
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      This thread looks amazing !!

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      • 23-08-2016
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      ( Original post by BTAnonymous)

      Is it true the grade boundaries will be released at midnight for most exam boards?

      There is no exact time so it could be true. Or it could not be :iiam:

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      • 23-08-2016
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      I’m so nervous

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      • 23-08-2016
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      ( Original post by Ayoub99k)

      I’m confused at one thing. OK grade boundaries for units are different each year, but if UMS is the same then whats the point? Doesnt mean it is easier to get higher then if they are the same? Plz explain. thank you

      Also will you try to release the boundaries as soon as they are posted. Will you be checking at midnight?

      Basically if one year an A* is 60 raw marks then it’ll be 180 UMS marks but if another year the paper is harder and 56 raw marks is an A* then that year 56 raw marks will be 180 UMS marks.

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      • 23-08-2016
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      anyone know what time the aqa grade boundaries are out?

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      • 23-08-2016
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      ( Original post by gmus)

      anyone know what time the aqa grade boundaries are out?

      8AM tomorrow.

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      • 17-12-2016
        17:35

      Can any of you guys predict the grade boundaries for English AQA 9-1 2017 please?

      I just want to see how would you guys set it out and it based on your opinions.

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      • 17-12-2016
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      65 = 9, 60 = 8, 56 = 7, 52 = 6, 48 = 5, 42 = 4, 36 = 3, 30 = 2, 24 = 1

      That’s my guess.

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      • 17-12-2016
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      ( Original post by BobBobson)

      65 = 9, 60 = 8, 56 = 7, 52 = 6, 48 = 5, 42 = 4, 36 = 3, 30 = 2, 24 = 1

      That’s my guess.

      Since a bit high but okay.

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      • 17-12-2016
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      It should in percentages so if you gain the following percentage of marks then u get that grade:
      90% grade 9
      80% grade 8
      70% grade 7
      60% grade 6
      50% grade 5
      40% grade 4
      30% grade 3
      20% grade 2
      10% grade 1

      There was a practice exam paper I done and it was out of 80 and the grade boundaries were as follows:
      72-9
      64-8
      56-7
      48-6
      40-5
      32-4
      24-3
      16-2
      08-1

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      • 17-12-2016
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      ( Original post by Snowystar)

      It should in percentages so if you gain the following percentage of marks then u get that grade:
      90% grade 9
      80% grade 8
      70% grade 7
      60% grade 6
      50% grade 5
      40% grade 4
      30% grade 3
      20% grade 2
      10% grade 1

      There was a practice exam paper I done and it was out of 80 and the grade boundaries were as follows:
      72-9
      64-8
      56-7
      48-6
      40-5
      32-4
      24-3
      16-2
      08-1

      That is false and that’s not how grading works. That practice paper was obviously marked wrong then.

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      • 17-12-2016
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      ( Original post by BobBobson)

      That is false and that’s not how grading works. That practice paper was obviously marked wrong then.

      I kind of agree with you!

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      • 18-12-2016
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      Anymore?

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      • 11-01-2017
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      ( Original post by BobBobson)

      65 = 9, 60 = 8, 56 = 7, 52 = 6, 48 = 5, 42 = 4, 36 = 3, 30 = 2, 24 = 1

      That’s my guess.

      What paper are you predicting this would be the case on? I did a mock language paper 2 and got 71/80, what do you guess that would be if it was the real thing?

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      • 12-01-2017
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      My teacher showed us the English language grade boundaries by ofqual :
      54 marks is a 5
      67 (roughly ) is a 6
      79.2 (I think the point 2 is silly but…) Is a 9

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      • 12-01-2017
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      ( Original post by e2014)

      What paper are you predicting this would be the case on? I did a mock language paper 2 and got 71/80, what do you guess that would be if it was the real thing?

      Definitely a grade 8, we got our mocks along with the boundaries today

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      • 12-01-2017
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      ( Original post by Snowystar)

      It should in percentages so if you gain the following percentage of marks then u get that grade:
      90% grade 9
      80% grade 8
      70% grade 7
      60% grade 6
      50% grade 5
      40% grade 4
      30% grade 3
      20% grade 2
      10% grade 1

      There was a practice exam paper I done and it was out of 80 and the grade boundaries were as follows:
      72-9
      64-8
      56-7
      48-6
      40-5
      32-4
      24-3
      16-2
      08-1

      Check the ofqual website, grade boundaries are WAY higher

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      • 29-01-2017
        21:58

      ( Original post by TheSpeedyz)

      Can any of you guys predict the grade boundaries for English AQA 9-1 2017 please?

      I just want to see how would you guys set it out and it based on your opinions.

      stumbled across this thread. basically every comment is wrong lmao, the grading depends on what we get.
      they decide 8’s from the top 50% all the grade 7 papers. the top 20% of all the grade 7 papers are 9’s

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      • 24-02-2017
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      stumbled across this thread. basically every comment is wrong lmao, the grading depends on what we get.
      they decide 8’s from the top 50% all the grade 7 papers. the top 20% of all the grade 7 papers are 9’s

      We’re all aware of that, we are just trying to “predict” how everyone will do.

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      • 24-02-2017
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      We’re all aware of that, we are just trying to “predict” how everyone will do.

      yeah but it’s unpredictable really

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      • 24-02-2017
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      Definitely a grade 8, we got our mocks along with the boundaries today

      10-20 marks off full marks would most likely be a grade 7-9 tbh

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      • 24-02-2017
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      10-20 marks off full marks would most likely be a grade 7-9 tbh

      What do you think 71/80 would be?

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      • 24-02-2017
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      What do you think 71/80 would be?

      Most likely a grade 9 due to the fact its easier to lose marks in English compared to Maths because of grammar or different opinions of examiners. Obviously excellent work will be awarded the marks but for the final piece of the exam, (the 40 markers) sometimes that probably where markers may be extra harsh since there isnt required or mandatory key language such as Juxtaposition,contrast nor are you evaluating.

      Also if that doesnt make you think 71/80 is a grade 9, UMS are calculated weirdly (not sure entirely how) but in science for example, there’s 80 UMS marks but the total is 60 in RAW marks, and grades have been calculated depending on UMS.

      So 71 should basically get you a high UMS (This is if the exam board still use UMS to decide grades, but i think they still do)

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      Ofqual released a statement saying the percentage of people to get a 7 or above this year will be roughly the same as percentage who got an A or above last year. This means that the boundary for a 7 will be around the same as an A was last year (maybe lower due to the increased difficulty of the new exams) so I’d say the boundary for a 7 will be between 45-55 which seems quite low but, given the boundary for an A last year was 47/80, it makes sense. Most schools have been setting the boundaries really high because if it turns out that the actual boundaries shoot up the students won’t be as disappointed with their actual result. Also, the government are going to want to make it look like students get better grades with the new style GCSEs so they will probably increase boundaries in every subject other than english and maths and then lower them in the new GCSEs to make it look like they work and that it was a good decision to make. Don’t take my word for it though because I could be completely wrong.

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      ( Original post by HollyBicks)

      Ofqual released a statement saying the percentage of people to get a 7 or above this year will be roughly the same as percentage who got an A or above last year. This means that the boundary for a 7 will be around the same as an A was last year (maybe lower due to the increased difficulty of the new exams) so I’d say the boundary for a 7 will be between 45-55 which seems quite low but, given the boundary for an A last year was 47/80, it makes sense. Most schools have been setting the boundaries really high because if it turns out that the actual boundaries shoot up the students won’t be as disappointed with their actual result. Also, the government are going to want to make it look like students get better grades with the new style GCSEs so they will probably increase boundaries in every subject other than english and maths and then lower them in the new GCSEs to make it look like they work and that it was a good decision to make. Don’t take my word for it though because I could be completely wrong.

      I think this theory is pretty sound. What we were told by our teachers was that they would make the specimen papers hard so that the education department would think there is a change, however when it comes to the real exams they’ll make the papers easier.

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      • 01-04-2017
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      i do Edexcel but i think the idea is the same
      i think somewhere above 85% would be a 9
      73% would be an 8
      65% or something around that would be a 7
      50% for a 6
      40 for a 5
      and 35% for a 4

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