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A* at A level question thread

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    (Original post by Ellisl)
    Is this true?
    Certainly not.
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    anyone else get 140 ums in AQA geog AS big module?
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    (Original post by jlcf)
    So someone could get c1= 100 c2=100 c3=90 c4=89 m1=100 s1=100
    with 579/600 ums overall
    and would get a "A" grade overall.

    Whereas someone could get c1= 75 c2=75 c3=90 c4=90 m1=75 s1=75
    with 480/600 ums overall
    and would get a "A*" grade overall.

    This is right?:confused: if so... it is unfair isit?
    It is unfair, but considering C3 and C4 are of a much higher level than other units, which is the same with all other A Levels, they made it that way.
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    Does anyone get how CIE works yet???
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    (Original post by Brand New Eyes)
    It is unfair, but considering C3 and C4 are of a much higher level than other units, which is the same with all other A Levels, they made it that way.
    For some reason, some people say that C2 is much harder than C4????
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    (Original post by Schoolio93)
    For some reason, some people say that C2 is much harder than C4????
    There's always the odd one out, no?
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    (Original post by Schoolio93)
    For some reason, some people say that C2 is much harder than C4????
    If you do the work and understand all the topics its a very straight forward exam so maybe he meant that?
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    For CIE Board,

    If I have a B in a subject [breakdown in each 3 papers- B,C,B]. Do I have a chance for an A*?


    Please help me out with this.
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    (Original post by Vampire-Love4ever)
    For CIE Board,

    If I have a B in a subject [breakdown in each 3 papers- B,C,B]. Do I have a chance for an A*?


    Please help me out with this.
    Yes, you do have [a chance].
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    (Original post by goldsilvy)
    Yes, you do have [a chance].
    Thank you for your help!
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    Forgive the irrelevance of this question: would universities like UCL, LSE, Durham and Oxbridge expect more than A*AA from those applying on a gap year?
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    I've read the grade threhold published by CIE.
    Do you get an A grade for some CIE board subjects with 71% overall?

    But you definitely need 80% overall for A grade with all other UK boards?
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    (Original post by fobbe)
    I've read the grade threhold published by CIE.
    Do you get an A grade for some CIE board subjects with 71% overall?

    But you definitely need 80% overall for A grade with all other UK boards?
    I don't know CIE very well, but I highly doubt there would be any subject matching your description.
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    (Original post by fobbe)
    I've read the grade threhold published by CIE.
    Do you get an A grade for some CIE board subjects with 71% overall?

    But you definitely need 80% overall for A grade with all other UK boards?
    Grade thresholds are for raw marks. For UMS or PUM as CIE calls it, you need 80% to get A.
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    Hey had anyone crashed a higher/a level? is it soul-destroying? I want to do veterinary science and I'm thinking of crashing chemistry, but when i put it to my teacher their face collapsed in on itself.. i take that as a bad sign? Could someone outline what higher chemistry's like? Also, does anyone have experience of doing an extra a level outwith school? Would I be less likely to pass?
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    (Original post by fobbe)
    I've read the grade threhold published by CIE.
    Do you get an A grade for some CIE board subjects with 71% overall?

    But you definitely need 80% overall for A grade with all other UK boards?
    I may be talking complete nonsense as I have no idea what a CIE board subject is, but I am currently taking Physics AS and I have been told that to get an A grade this year all I need is ~72%.

    Don't know if that is of any use to you lol
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    Do you need 90% UMS overall in A2 units e.g. 89 and 91 = A* or 90% in each module, so the previous example wouldn't achieve the A*?
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    (Original post by Noodlzzz)
    Do you need 90% UMS overall in A2 units e.g. 89 and 91 = A* or 90% in each module, so the previous example wouldn't achieve the A*?
    If you read the OP of this thread all will become clear.
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    (Original post by Good bloke)
    If you read the OP of this thread all will become clear.
    I had seen it previously, but I thought I saw the second scenario a few months ago on the same thread, just wanted it cleared up. Anyway thanks, got my answer
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    A* grade
    The new A* grade rewards exceptional achievement when students have both:

    grade A overall at A-level
    90 percent or more on the uniform mark scale (UMS) across the A2 units.
    The A* grade is for the A-level qualification only and not for the AS qualification or for individual units.
    That is AQA on the A* for geography.

    Since I got an A at AS, and yesterday got 74/80 to get an A* I need 90% at A2 so that is 180/200 UMS.

    Do I now need to get 106 UMS (To average 90%) or will I need to get 108 UMS (90% in my next exam) to get the A*?

    So my question is, is it a 90% average across A2 or is it 90% in each exam to be eligible?

    Sorry if this has been asked before, the OP didn't specify in each exam so Im just asking this for clarification.

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