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    (Original post by roxylover)
    im confused
    Grade A is 80% in terms of UMS, but the raw marks needed to get 80% UMS varies depending on how hard the paper is - and may be 70.
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    so 80% is not in the overall score u get in a paper? but the UMS?
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    (Original post by letsdothetimewarpagain)
    There's been a rise in threads recently asking about the A* grade at a level, which are all very similar to each other so I thought I'd make a single thread for any questions you have for the A* along with some of the main points in it too.

    What mark do you need to be able to receive an A*?

    *80% UMS overall
    *90% UMS Overall for the A2 units

    You can't get an A* at AS and you don't get it for getting 90% overall. Only the A2 units count towards an A* meaning even if you get 100% in your AS units, if you get 89% in your A2 units you won't get an A*.

    For Maths you need to get 90% avaerage in C3 and C4 and not 3 A2 units like the others. The 80% overall still stands.

    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?
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    (Original post by jlcf)
    This is right?:confused: if so... it is unfair isit?
    Yes, that is correct. C3 and C4 are the hardest modules available for maths, and the A* grade depends on good results in the hardest modules. Seems reasonable to me.
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    I was talking to someone today and they said that if you resit an exam you cannot get an A* overall for the A level, and that because it was a resit they lower the percentage of your grade.

    Is this true?
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    (Original post by Pimpin Juice)
    It's because C1 and C2 are really easy.

    Oh wait... They're all really easy. :shifty:
    Arrogant git
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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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