Huge drop in Edexcel A-level Maths 2019 grade boundaries

Students need fewer marks than last year for maths grades

Students will need an overall mark of just 14.3% to achieve a pass in A-level Maths when exam results are published tomorrow. 

Grade boundaries seen by The Student Room show that students who sat the Edexcel A-level Maths papers will need to achieve 43 marks out of 300 in order to achieve an E grade pass.

A mark of 165 (55%) will be required to achieve an A grade, while those getting the top mark of A* will need to have got at least 217 marks, or 72.3%.

In 2018, Edexcel's grade boundaries required 229 (76.3%) for an A*, 184 (61.3%) for an A and 70 (23.3%) for a pass.

Grade boundaries are due to be published early on the morning of Thursday 15 August, but a copy of Edexcel's grade boundaries has been widely circulated on The Student Room and other online social networks.


Students taking Edexcel's A-level Maths paper this year had to cope with numerous problems and controversy. 

Many reported paper 2 as being excessively hard, leading Pearson (the company that owns the Edexcel exam board) to release a video statement last week in which it promised ‘adjustments’ would be made to future papers.

Questions from Paper 3 were leaked across social media networks, with 78 students having their results withheld following a joint investigation by the police and Pearson.

Resarch by The Student Room showed that 45% of surveyed students said the A-level exam leaks made them feel more worried about results day, with many of them asking for lower grade boundaries.

After coming out of the exam hall after paper 2, TSR member 8Greenorange said: “I’m still stressing about this exam and I have another exam tomorrow. Fml. This paper is now messing up my revision for my other exams.”

And after Paper 2, FailingXDXDXD posted: “Literally have not stopped crying since 11.”

On The Student Room, many students were worried about how these exam issues would affect grade boundaries, with speculation that they may end up being higher than in 2018.

The lower boundaries could offer reassurance to students that the problems they have faced throughout the exam season have been recognised.

"Students should feel reassured that the difficulty of the new Maths papers has been recognised and taken into account in setting the grade boundaries," says Pete Langley, The Student Room director of study help.

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