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# A* at A level question thread

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1. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by patrickinator)
How difficult is it then to get over 90% in C3 and C4 - that means dropping only 5 marks in the exam in each. how easy is it to do this?
It is worse than you think. The competition is very fierce and in January the Edexcel raw grade boundaries that converted to 90UMS were about 72/75 for C3 and C4 (and all the A2 units people might use for FM.)
2. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
Not necessarily (if the units are different sizes and you get full marks on the bigger one you could get away with a high B in the smaller one), but in practice, yes.
oh right. so even though i got 184/200 at AS, i still have to get 180/200 at A2
3. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by tsveta)
oh right. so even though i got 184/200 at AS, i still have to get 180/200 at A2
Yes, for an A*, anything over 160/200 at AS is wasted effort as it doesn't stop you needing to get at least 180/200 in the A2 units.
4. Re: A* at A level question thread
Is it possible to get an A* in further maths with the following ums

M2- 100/100
S2- 100/100
FP1-100/100
FP2- 55/100
FP3- 55/100
S3- 70/100

as this would be 480 ums out of 600, so an A, and 3 of the A2 units would give an average of 270/300, correct? or do the average of 90 ums have to be in fp2 or fp3- cause they are quite hard... or do you need 90+ in 3 A2 units and not an average of 90?

this is all theoretical, i dont intend to go in aiming for 55/100
Last edited by Brainiac; 27-05-2012 at 17:01.
5. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Brainiac)
Is it possible to get an A* in further maths with the following ums

M2- 100/100
S2- 100/100
FP1-100/100
FP2- 55/100
FP3- 55/100
S3- 70/100

as this would be 480 ums out of 600, so an A, and 3 of the A2 units would give an average of 270/300, correct? or do the average of 90 ums have to be in fp2 or fp3- cause they are quite hard... this is all theoretical, i dont intend to go in aiming for 55/100
Yes.
6. Re: A* at A level question thread
I currently have and am doing these maths modules which will make up my Maths A Level, Further Maths A Level and AS Additional Further Maths. My Maths A Level has been certificated but it is on my Statement of Entry for JUNE 2012 so I assume my school is re-certificating it to allow for modules to be transferred. Therefore, I have found this combination which I think satisfies the criteria for an A* in both Maths and Further Maths.

"-" means that the exam is this summer.

Maths:
C1: 100
C2: 96
C3: 100
C4: 100
M1: 97
D1: -

Sum: 493 and C3 and C4 are over 180UMS

Further Maths:
FP1: 100
DE: 93
S1: 100
M2: 98
S2: 96
FP2: -

Sum: 487 and S2, DE and M2 are over 270UMS

M3: -
NM: -
FP3: -

I think that the system works to maximise the grade in maths then further maths then add further maths then maximise UMS. Does this combination abide by the rules of how the Maths A Level works and thus give me an A* in both already regardless of my final exams?
7. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Reminisce)
I currently have and am doing these maths modules which will make up my Maths A Level, Further Maths A Level and AS Additional Further Maths. My Maths A Level has been certificated but it is on my Statement of Entry for JUNE 2012 so I assume my school is re-certificating it to allow for modules to be transferred. Therefore, I have found this combination which I think satisfies the criteria for an A* in both Maths and Further Maths.

"-" means that the exam is this summer.

Maths:
C1: 100
C2: 96
C3: 100
C4: 100
M1: 97
D1: -

Sum: 493 and C3 and C4 are over 180UMS

Further Maths:
FP1: 100
DE: 93
S1: 100
M2: 98
S2: 96
FP2: -

Sum: 487 and S2, DE and M2 are over 270UMS

M3: -
NM: -
FP3: -

I think that the system works to maximise the grade in maths then further maths then add further maths then maximise UMS. Does this combination abide by the rules of how the Maths A Level works and thus give me an A* in both already regardless of my final exams?
Yeah, it looks like you already got an A*, as long as DE is an A2 topic, what is it? heard of D1 D2 D3 etc but what is DE?
8. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Brainiac)
Yeah, it looks like you already got an A*, as long as DE is an A2 topic, what is it? heard of D1 D2 D3 etc but what is DE?
You reckon it's A* in both?

And DE is Differential Equations, I think it's an A2 module.
9. Re: A* at A level question thread
definitely an A*, you have over 90 ums for 3 A2 modules, and already have enough ums for an A, but i would still sit the remaining exams
10. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Reminisce)
I currently have and am doing these maths modules which will make up my Maths A Level, Further Maths A Level and AS Additional Further Maths. My Maths A Level has been certificated but it is on my Statement of Entry for JUNE 2012 so I assume my school is re-certificating it to allow for modules to be transferred. Therefore, I have found this combination which I think satisfies the criteria for an A* in both Maths and Further Maths.

"-" means that the exam is this summer.

Maths:
C1: 100
C2: 96
C3: 100
C4: 100
M1: 97
D1: -

Sum: 493 and C3 and C4 are over 180UMS

Further Maths:
FP1: 100
DE: 93
S1: 100
M2: 98
S2: 96
FP2: -

Sum: 487 and S2, DE and M2 are over 270UMS

M3: -
NM: -
FP3: -

I think that the system works to maximise the grade in maths then further maths then add further maths then maximise UMS. Does this combination abide by the rules of how the Maths A Level works and thus give me an A* in both already regardless of my final exams?
I'm not familiar with DE, but if it counts as an A2 unit then it looks OK. You can check at:
http://www.jcq.org.uk/attachments/pu...ept%202010.pdf
11. Re: A* at A level question thread
How much do I need 2 get an A*?!
c1-90
C2-76
S1-70
M1 ~
C3 ~
C4~
I'm going to get the results for '~' in august, is it impossible?!
12. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Doni)
How much do I need 2 get an A*?!
c1-90
C2-76
S1-70
M1 ~
C3 ~
C4~
I'm going to get the results for '~' in august, is it impossible?!
No, you need to get at least 180 across C3 and C4 and at least 64 in M1 (less if you do better in C3 and C4).
13. Re: A* at A level question thread
I'm so confuused. For Citizenship A2, it says the grade boundary for an A* is 77% for Unit 4. What does this mean?! I thought it was always 90 :'(
14. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by lauren_a)
I'm so confuused. For Citizenship A2, it says the grade boundary for an A* is 77% for Unit 4. What does this mean?! I thought it was always 90 :'(
It is always 90% UMS, this is unlikely to be 90% of the raw marks - for this it will vary for every exam and be more for Maths papers and less, possibly much less, for many other subjects.
Last edited by Data; 14-06-2012 at 18:19. Reason: typo
15. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
It is always 90% UMS, this is unlikely to be 90% of the raw marks - for this it will vary for every exam and be more for Maths papers and less, possible much less, for many others subjects.
Ok so if I get 77 raw marks I can still get an A*...because it counts as 90& UMS?
16. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by lauren_a)
Ok so if I get 77 raw marks I can still get an A*...because it counts as 90& UMS?
Put simply, you need to get at least 180/200UMS on the A2 units. The raw marks needed for this are irrelevant.
17. Re: A* at A level question thread
So, it is possible to get a B (234/300) at AS and still get an A* at A level, if you get A* average in A2?
Thanks
18. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Lightingspeed)
So, it is possible to get a B (234/300) at AS and still get an A* at A level, if you get A* average in A2?
Thanks
Yes.
19. Re: A* at A level question thread
(Original post by Data)
Yes.
thanks
20. Re: A* at A level question thread
Does coursework count as part of the 90% in A2? Since it is part of UMS?

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