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1. (Original post by Ellisl)
Is this true?
Certainly not.
2. anyone else get 140 ums in AQA geog AS big module?
3. (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? 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.
4. Does anyone get how CIE works yet???
5. (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????
6. (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?
7. (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?
8. 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*?

9. (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*?

Yes, you do have [a chance].
10. (Original post by goldsilvy)
Yes, you do have [a chance].
11. 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?
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?
13. (Original post by fobbe)
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.
14. (Original post by fobbe)
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.
15. 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?
16. (Original post by fobbe)
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
17. 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*?
18. (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.
19. (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
The new A* grade rewards exceptional achievement when students have both:

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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