We did our Biology ISA (cooling one) few weeks ago and one of my friends got 37/40 - the teacher said it was 92ums. However i'm pretty sure it's 95ums?
Anyone do the same ISA? Can you just clarify if the teachers right?
36 = 90
37 = 92
38 = 95
39 = 97
40 = 100?
However hasn't it always been above 38 100/100 and 37/40 = 95 ums?
Anyone done the Physics Thermistor ISA? What are the grade boundaries generally ums - how did it go?
http://web.aqa.org.uk/UMS/ums_converter_gcse.php?id=04, according to June 2010 boundaries, 38/40 = 100 UMS, there are no ISAs in january 2011 so if you want to see how many marks convert to a certain UMS mark, then you do June 2010 (ISA boundaries are always the same anyway).
I did the thermistor ISA, we didn't get told what the marks were converted to UMS, but 36 is an A* if that helps. I got the same mark in Physics as your friend did in the Biology, 37/40. I thought it was fairly easy except for the calibration question. I didn't have a clue about that and it was worth the most marks! Anyway hope you get a good grade I'm sure you will, ISA's are easy marks
(Original post by asifk)
Oh dear, well thanks I will be resitting it, but it seems such a shame because I already got A* (93 UMS) in unit 1 and our school refuses to let us sit more than one ISA.
Is there any other way I can sit another ISA - maybe outside of school, because revising for the whole of unit 1 is going to take up my revision time?
You can't sit an ISA outside of school, because apart from the ridiculous amount of money it will cost, you are a candidate at your school, and cannot enter as a private candidate to sit an exam leading to a qualification being certified from your current school.
Just had a look at the AQA thingy. It's only been like that for 2years.
2007: A*= 34. A= 31. B= 27. C= 24 (So my 33 would equal 87 by this which is A)
2008: A*= 35. A= 33. B= 28. C= 24 (So my 33 would equal 80 by this which is A)
2009: A*= 36. A= 34. B= 30. C= 26 (So my 33 would equal 78 by this which is B)
2010: A*= 36. A= 34. B= 30. C= 26 (So my 33 would equal 78 by this which is B)
So it's looking likely that I will have a high B if they don't change anything. I'm a bit gutted if this is the case as I'm only one mark of an A :-(
from what i have found in physics aqa, is that the isa boundaries are pathetically high. I mean 43/50 for an A, 40/50 for a B. What is going on there? Yes the paper is not the worst thing in the world, but one mistake and you get at best a C.....
The EMPA on the other hand is ridiculously hard and this is shown by the boundaries. For June 10: A*= 39/55, A=36/55, B= 33/55
Ohhhhh I get it now, i got a 32 and was told that was also a* because our extra marks out of like 6 or whatever that the teacher give you based on the effort you put in to practicals hasn't been added on yet thank god for that!! Haha i was getting so confused cause we've been given marks out of like 34 atm