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1. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
Why do edexcel give you your 'points'? I got 73 points for my politics AS exam, is that the percentage?
2. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
Exam is out of 80 marks by the way
3. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
Ha Ha! i GOT 80 PERCENT FOR CORE 1! sHOULD IRETAKE?
4. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Soppe)
Hi arsey.. Do you have the link for the tables that say exactly what ums = marks?

I know there is one for 90,80,70 ums etc etc

But I want to know for example how many marks 84 ums equals to or like 36 marks is how Many ums?

Btw it's for the Jan 2011 modules.

Many thanks....
I do but they are big files. It is easy enough to work out though.

On C1 for example, 80 UMS = 62 and 90 UMS = 69.

So basically each UMS is 0.7 / 75 (rounded)

84 = 64.8... so 65/75
5. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Fofo)
Exam is out of 80 marks by the way
All Edexcel A-Level Maths papers are out of 75
6. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Arsey)
I do but they are big files. It is easy enough to work out though.

On C1 for example, 80 UMS = 62 and 90 UMS = 69.

99So basically each UMS is 0.7 / 75 (rounded)

84 = 64.8... so 65/75
I dont think the grade boundaries are linear...

I know for example a year ago one module to get 100 ums you had to get 72/75, whilst 99 ums was 71 and then 98 was 69 ums..

Would you be able to upload the files then, if it's no trouble?

Also do you have any idea about the ludecrious high grade boundaries ??
7. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Soppe)
I dont think the grade boundaries are linear...

I know for example a year ago one module to get 100 ums you had to get 72/75, whilst 99 ums was 71 and then 98 was 69 ums..

Would you be able to upload the files then, if it's no trouble?

Also do you have any idea about the ludecrious high grade boundaries ??
They aren't linear you're right. It was like 73/75 to get 90UMS in January for C4, and it didnt drop by the same amount for 80.
8. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by redfanatic)
perfect! thanks alot! now i can confirm to myself that i wont get an A
Damn, I'm on a C (or U) for most of my subjects
9. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Coke Or Pepsi)
They aren't linear you're right. It was like 73/75 to get 90UMS in January for C4, and it didnt drop by the same amount for 80.
They are linear from 40 UMS to 80 UMS. The exam board analyse the results of the initial marking and then set the 40UMS and 80UMS boundaries. All UMS in between are at equal intervals.

It gets a little more complicated from 80 UMS to 100 UMS; it depends if the cap is broken.

For example,

If 70 UMS = 52 and 80 UMS = 61 then a linear scale would be 90 UMS = 70 and 100 UMS = 79/75, clearly impossible. Under these circumstances 100 UMS is set as 75/75 and the 90 UMS is the mid-point of 80 UMS and 100 UMS.

If the cap isn't reached then it is a linear scale all the way up to 100 UMS, which is why you do not always need 75/75 to achieve 100 UMS.
10. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Arsey)
They are linear from 40 UMS to 80 UMS. The exam board analyse the results of the initial marking and then set the 40UMS and 80UMS boundaries. All UMS in between are at equal intervals.

It gets a little more complicated from 80 UMS to 100 UMS; it depends if the cap is broken.

For example,

If 70 UMS = 52 and 80 UMS = 61 then a linear scale would be 90 UMS = 70 and 100 UMS = 79/75, clearly impossible. Under these circumstances 100 UMS is set as 75/75 and the 90 UMS is the mid-point of 80 UMS and 100 UMS.

If the cap isn't reached then it is a linear scale all the way up to 100 UMS, which is why you do not always need 75/75 to achieve 100 UMS.
Right, well I was wondering whether you had the files for Jan 2011 for marks to ums? That you could possibly upload..

Thanks
11. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
aha - this is what copyright*** meant.

12. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Arsey)
They are linear from 40 UMS to 80 UMS. The exam board analyse the results of the initial marking and then set the 40UMS and 80UMS boundaries. All UMS in between are at equal intervals.

It gets a little more complicated from 80 UMS to 100 UMS; it depends if the cap is broken.

For example,

If 70 UMS = 52 and 80 UMS = 61 then a linear scale would be 90 UMS = 70 and 100 UMS = 79/75, clearly impossible. Under these circumstances 100 UMS is set as 75/75 and the 90 UMS is the mid-point of 80 UMS and 100 UMS.

If the cap isn't reached then it is a linear scale all the way up to 100 UMS, which is why you do not always need 75/75 to achieve 100 UMS.
Hey Arsey, thank you for posting this. Now I fully understand how the system works... rep

Through this, I found out that my 93 UMS in Jan 11 S2 was, in fact, 74 raw (I know exactly what it was, not putting the stupid hypothesis conclusion in context) Under normal boundaries, it would have been 98 UMS, thus ruining my chances for A* Further Maths...

This is why I now need at least 81 UMS in M3... could you *please* take an educated guess with this June's M3 boundaries?

I know it would only be a guess since you're used to looking at other papers but I would really appreciate it

Thank you so much!
Last edited by 20100; 23-06-2011 at 23:38.
13. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
I haven't even looked at the paper.

93 on S2 in Jan would have been 73/75; still very harsh
14. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
Hi,

Do you have M5, S3 and S4 grade boundaries? I am having difficulty finding them.

Thanks,
Zhy
15. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Zhy)
Hi,

Do you have M5, S3 and S4 grade boundaries? I am having difficulty finding them.

Thanks,
Zhy

I have updated the spreadsheet to include (current spec) M3, M4, M5, S3, S4, FP3
16. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Arsey)
I have updated the spreadsheet to include (current spec) M3, M4, M5, S3, S4, FP3
Hope you don't mind answering this slightly unrelated question, but I saw a post of yours earlier from 2010 and can't seem to find it. It's about module shifting (Edexcel Maths/ Further Maths). I really have no idea what's going to happen with my modules, how it happens, whether I (or my exams officer) needs to do anything?

Guaranteed UMS:
C1 - 85
C2 - 94
C3 - 100
FP1 - 96
M1 - 91
D1 - 78
D2 - 90

Expected UMS (just finished these exams):
C4 - 100
FP2 - 80
FP3 - 87
M2 - 87 (retaken)

Could you give me an idea of how they'd shift them around so I know whether or not I'll be going anywhere after the holidays xD . I take it they shift all the high marks to Maths (which I need an A* in) then do whatever they want with Further Maths... what's my chances of an A in that?
17. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Arsey)
I haven't even looked at the paper.

93 on S2 in Jan would have been 73/75; still very harsh
I got that mark! Bit annooying really.
18. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by ViralRiver)
Hope you don't mind answering this slightly unrelated question, but I saw a post of yours earlier from 2010 and can't seem to find it. It's about module shifting (Edexcel Maths/ Further Maths). I really have no idea what's going to happen with my modules, how it happens, whether I (or my exams officer) needs to do anything?

Guaranteed UMS:
C1 - 85
C2 - 94
C3 - 100
FP1 - 96
M1 - 91
D1 - 78
D2 - 90

Expected UMS (just finished these exams):
C4 - 100
FP2 - 80
FP3 - 87
M2 - 87 (retaken)

Could you give me an idea of how they'd shift them around so I know whether or not I'll be going anywhere after the holidays xD . I take it they shift all the high marks to Maths (which I need an A* in) then do whatever they want with Further Maths... what's my chances of an A in that?
you have only listed 11 modules, you need 12. You must have done M3 or S1 as well. I need to know the 12th module.

C1-C4 have to go in A2 Maths which is 379/400. You only need a total of 101 from 2 applied modules to get your A*.

the only possible way you could get an A* in Further Maths is if your 12th module was M3 and you were to get 93 or more in it. Otherwise it will be an A.
19. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by Arsey)
you have only listed 11 modules, you need 12. You must have done M3 or S1 as well. I need to know the 12th module.

C1-C4 have to go in A2 Maths which is 379/400. You only need a total of 101 from 2 applied modules to get your A*.

the only possible way you could get an A* in Further Maths is if your 12th module was M3 and you were to get 93 or more in it. Otherwise it will be an A.
Ahh yes S1, I think that's around 90, messed up that last spinner question >.> . I'd love an A* in further maths, but I came to the conclusion a few days ago that not opening an FP2 book at all until the night before isn't a good idea, same with FP3 xD .
20. Re: Edexcel A-Level UMS boundaries (All attached)
(Original post by ViralRiver)
Ahh yes S1, I think that's around 90, messed up that last spinner question >.> . I'd love an A* in further maths, but I came to the conclusion a few days ago that not opening an FP2 book at all until the night before isn't a good idea, same with FP3 xD .
based on the marks you quoted you will be getting an A* in Maths and an A in FM. It doesn't matter too much where you put the applied modules.

to get an A* in Further Maths you need 270 in your 3 best A2 units that can be used in FM (so not the Core modules)

D2 - 90
M2 - 87
FP2 - 80
FP3 - 87

so FP2 looks out of the question. You need to hope you have a few more marks in M2 and FP3 as you are 6 UMS short based on your estimations.

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