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    Everyone forgets CCEA :cry:

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    I've never even heard of that...

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    I've never even heard of that...

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    Why did your school pick such minor board?

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    Why did your school pick such minor board?

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    In Northern Ireland CCEA is our "local" exam board, I know a fair few schools who basically only use AQA and some which only use CCEA with the odd exception for some sunjects... idk why we don't just use AQA much more revision stuff for it but the looks of the CCEA papers are far nicer
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    The minimum for an A* will always be 180/200 ? But For maths it has been 165/200 for an A*...
    The minimum for an A* is always 180/200 UMS marks, but UMS marks are not the same as raw marks. So 165 is the raw mark, which will then be converted into a UMS mark. Because 165 raw mark is an A*, the UMS mark equivalent would be over or equal to 180. In one year, you might need 165 for 180 UMS but in another year 168 might be needed for 180 UMS depending on the difficulty of that exam paper compared to other years.

    I'm pretty sure that's how it works anyway? I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong
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    This is such an amazing thread thank you so much

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    (Original post by Trihawk7)
    In Northern Ireland CCEA is our "local" exam board, I know a fair few schools who basically only use AQA and some which only use CCEA with the odd exception for some sunjects... idk why we don't just use AQA much more revision stuff for it but the looks of the CCEA papers are far nicer
    Oh ok

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    GCSE Results Day 21 August 2014: Grade Boundaries

    Hey guys

    Firstly, myself and the whole of the TSR community would like to wish you all the best of luck for collecting your GCSE results on the 21st of August 2014! I really do hope your hard work pays off and you receive the grades you both wish for and deserve, I’m sure I’ll be very proud of you all I also hope you’re all enjoying your summer and keeping the worrying to a minimum (as hard as it may be! )

    This thread is designed to help you understand the basics around grade boundaries and will hopefully answer any questions you may have about them. Also, it will be a place for you to access the grade boundaries as soon as we can get our hands on them! Some will hopefully be available on the 20th of August whilst others may come out on results day itself. If you do have any questions, feel free to ask in this thread by pasting any of the following into your message so you will quote a moderator in charge of these threads or simply post by replying (I'll be keeping an eye on the thread so I can answer any queries ):








    Hopefully one of us, if not another helpful soul will answer However, it’s probably best to read the FAQs below to ensure it hasn’t already been answered

    I will try my best to update this thread with the official grade boundaries the moment they are published, so, should you discover them before this thread has been updated, don’t be shy and quote me with the document as I’m sure we’d all be very grateful!

    There are also a bunch of threads for other things you may be interested in, why not check out the GCSE Results day 2014 Chat Thread? Here you can chat about how you’re feeling about your results, how your exams went, or even simply engage in conversation to keep your mind off things Hopefully this won’t be necessary for most of you (fingers crossed!), but if you’re feeling a bit disappointed with your grades, please check out the “Didn't do as well as you hoped? Advice here!" thread for some great advice that will guide you in the right direction and provide you with a lot of useful information :yep:

    Grade boundaries

    When the grade boundaries are released, the following links will turn green

    -Edexcel
    -Edexcel IGCSE
    -AQA
    -AQA IGCSE
    -WJEC
    -OCR


    FAQs

    What are grade boundaries for and what do they mean?

    Well, simply put, grade boundaries are there to show you what mark is required for what grade! the marks for each grade boundary will be raw marks, so the exact mark you achieved on the paper you sat. An example can be shown by the fact that 38/50 may be an A* in English Literature whilst 31/50 may be an A It is worth noting that these are modular grade boundaries, meaning a B in one module does not necessarily mean you are unable to get an A overall, so don’t panic too much at first glance! It all adds up in the end There is, of course, also UMS to consider! For those of you who don’t know, in terms of UMS:

    -40% will always be an E
    -50% a D
    -60% a C
    -70% a B
    -80% an A
    -90% an A*

    Following that, this will mean that for the entire GCSE, the minimum value for:

    -an E is 80/200 or 160/400 (depending on what the GCSE is out of)
    -a D is 100/200 or 200/400
    -a C is 120/200 or 240/400
    -a B is 140/200 or 280/400
    -an A is 160/200 or 320/400
    -an A* is 180/200 or 360/400


    Why do grade boundaries vary across different years?

    I’m sure most of you will have noticed that one year, to achieve an A, you may need 5 marks less than the previous year. For those of you who aren't aware, this is all due to the fact that grade boundaries vary in order to accommodate the overall performance of that year; they essentially reflect whether or not, as a whole, students who sat the exam found it difficult or easy, or rather average For a particularly difficult paper, grade boundaries tend to be lower, whilst they will often be higher if the exam was found to be easy across the board and the students generally performed well. Changes in grade boundaries allow comparison across different years and ensure you receive a fair grade, it wouldn’t be very fair if they remained the same if one year's paper was a lot harder than the previous year's

    What happens if I'm close to the next grade?

    It can be particularly frustrating if you look at the grade boundaries and realise you were so close to achieving the next highest grade, but please don't worry too much. Firstly, this may just be for one module, so you may still get the grade you wish to achieve! Secondly, there is also the option of a remark to consider. Being a couple of marks off a grade could mean you wish to request a remark, if you'd like to know more about this, then the Retake and Remark information thread should be perfect for you

    If you read the grade boundaries before you collect your results, they can be excellent in allowing you to expect the grade you are likely to achieve, but please don't be too disheartened if you feel you are unlikely to achieve the grade you hoped for. Results can be very unpredictable at times so don't worry yourself sick for nothing, you may have performed better than you think! :hugs: we're all here to support you!

    If any of you feel upset with your performance or would like someone to talk to, don't be afraid to PM me I've been through results day about 6 times now so I know how stressful it can be and how you may have plenty of questions to ask regarding grade boundaries or results in general!

    So to wrap it up, good luck everyone, the wait will soon be over and you can get started with whatever you have planned next
    Thanks. Much appreciated
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    I'm afraid I really don't know what to expect, all I can say is that the grade boundaries will reflect the overall difficulty/performance of the papers so try not to worry too much

    You're welcome

    You're welcome I hope so, good luck

    As usy said, they never really release them like the others, I had it in originally but took it out for that reason as it probably wouldn't serve its purpose

    You're welcome yeah it's good knowing what to expect


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    Thanks and good luck too for your A levels. Hopefully everyone here on TSR will get the grades they want and deserve. I just hope for the best as i cant afford not to do well.
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    (Original post by poppycute246)
    There is all this talk in the newspapers about how on average, GCSE results are expected to be lower compared to previous years. Do you think that this will effect the grade boundaries a considerable amount? Especially for GCSE Maths and English.
    I've seen this report aswell and it worried me until it said most of the changes will only effected students in England! I'm glad I live in Wales! . So in England have less year 10's been entered for GCSE's early or? I know in the area I live in, all schools enter students in year 9 for one science exam and then start the main GCSE courses in year 10 with exams in the Winter and Summer!
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    I personally think the boundaries, for some subjects at least, will decrease this year given everything that's gone on with the reforms and so on.
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    I wish results day was sooner, I've spent more than half of my summer worrying about my grades.
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    (Original post by JanitaTwain)
    I wish results day was sooner, I've spent more than half of my summer worrying about my grades.
    Don't worry, it's human nature to believe you've done worse than you actually have! I did one exam last year in year 9, a foundation chemistry exam as our teacher wanted us to experience what an exam felt like, if only I knew it didn't count after the reforms! I came out of the exam almost in tears believing I had dropped at least 20 marks! I spent most of my summer worrying and thinking back! The day the results were released I was sitting on a plane at Heathrow shaking and feeling sick, I must Have looked so stupid! I missed the call from my school and was in the air when a voicemail was left telling me my grade! I sat for 6 hours on flight feeling ill! When I landed in new York I rang my voicemail straight away and found out,.. I had a C at full marks! So worrying all summer was no need! I even rung my voicemail three times to check just in case, needless to say I had a big phpne bill when I got home! I didn't believe in my self, I should of then my summer wouldn't have been refined!
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    This thread is making me even more nervy
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    (Original post by Changing Skies)
    GCSE Results Day 21 August 2014: Grade Boundaries

    Hey guys

    Firstly, myself and the whole of the TSR community would like to wish you all the best of luck for collecting your GCSE results on the 21st of August 2014! I really do hope your hard work pays off and you receive the grades you both wish for and deserve, I’m sure I’ll be very proud of you all I also hope you’re all enjoying your summer and keeping the worrying to a minimum (as hard as it may be! )

    This thread is designed to help you understand the basics around grade boundaries and will hopefully answer any questions you may have about them. Also, it will be a place for you to access the grade boundaries as soon as we can get our hands on them! Some will hopefully be available on the 20th of August whilst others may come out on results day itself. If you do have any questions, feel free to ask in this thread by pasting any of the following into your message so you will quote a moderator in charge of these threads or simply post by replying (I'll be keeping an eye on the thread so I can answer any queries ):








    Hopefully one of us, if not another helpful soul will answer However, it’s probably best to read the FAQs below to ensure it hasn’t already been answered

    I will try my best to update this thread with the official grade boundaries the moment they are published, so, should you discover them before this thread has been updated, don’t be shy and quote me with the document as I’m sure we’d all be very grateful!

    There are also a bunch of threads for other things you may be interested in, why not check out the GCSE Results day 2014 Chat Thread? Here you can chat about how you’re feeling about your results, how your exams went, or even simply engage in conversation to keep your mind off things Hopefully this won’t be necessary for most of you (fingers crossed!), but if you’re feeling a bit disappointed with your grades, please check out the “Didn't do as well as you hoped? Advice here!" thread for some great advice that will guide you in the right direction and provide you with a lot of useful information :yep:

    Grade boundaries

    When the grade boundaries are released, the following links will turn green

    -Edexcel
    -Edexcel IGCSE
    -AQA
    -AQA IGCSE
    -WJEC
    -OCR


    FAQs

    What are grade boundaries for and what do they mean?

    Well, simply put, grade boundaries are there to show you what mark is required for what grade! the marks for each grade boundary will be raw marks, so the exact mark you achieved on the paper you sat. An example can be shown by the fact that 38/50 may be an A* in English Literature whilst 31/50 may be an A It is worth noting that these are modular grade boundaries, meaning a B in one module does not necessarily mean you are unable to get an A overall, so don’t panic too much at first glance! It all adds up in the end There is, of course, also UMS to consider! For those of you who don’t know, in terms of UMS:

    -40% will always be an E
    -50% a D
    -60% a C
    -70% a B
    -80% an A
    -90% an A*

    Following that, this will mean that for the entire GCSE, the minimum value for:

    -an E is 80/200 or 160/400 (depending on what the GCSE is out of)
    -a D is 100/200 or 200/400
    -a C is 120/200 or 240/400
    -a B is 140/200 or 280/400
    -an A is 160/200 or 320/400
    -an A* is 180/200 or 360/400


    Why do grade boundaries vary across different years?

    I’m sure most of you will have noticed that one year, to achieve an A, you may need 5 marks less than the previous year. For those of you who aren't aware, this is all due to the fact that grade boundaries vary in order to accommodate the overall performance of that year; they essentially reflect whether or not, as a whole, students who sat the exam found it difficult or easy, or rather average For a particularly difficult paper, grade boundaries tend to be lower, whilst they will often be higher if the exam was found to be easy across the board and the students generally performed well. Changes in grade boundaries allow comparison across different years and ensure you receive a fair grade, it wouldn’t be very fair if they remained the same if one year's paper was a lot harder than the previous year's

    What happens if I'm close to the next grade?

    It can be particularly frustrating if you look at the grade boundaries and realise you were so close to achieving the next highest grade, but please don't worry too much. Firstly, this may just be for one module, so you may still get the grade you wish to achieve! Secondly, there is also the option of a remark to consider. Being a couple of marks off a grade could mean you wish to request a remark, if you'd like to know more about this, then the Retake and Remark information thread should be perfect for you

    If you read the grade boundaries before you collect your results, they can be excellent in allowing you to expect the grade you are likely to achieve, but please don't be too disheartened if you feel you are unlikely to achieve the grade you hoped for. Results can be very unpredictable at times so don't worry yourself sick for nothing, you may have performed better than you think! :hugs: we're all here to support you!

    If any of you feel upset with your performance or would like someone to talk to, don't be afraid to PM me I've been through results day about 6 times now so I know how stressful it can be and how you may have plenty of questions to ask regarding grade boundaries or results in general!

    So to wrap it up, good luck everyone, the wait will soon be over and you can get started with whatever you have planned next
    sorry, can I just ask, you've stated that 70% is B, 80% is A etc however my brother sat a Geo exam GCSE two years ago and for an A* you needed only 68 marks out of 90 for it which would be 75%, so do these percentages move with exam difficulty or?? Also can you help me to make sense of the WJEC grade boundaries I find them really confusing as they aren't grades just numbers and don't have any tables or anything to help you convert the marks!
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    10 days to go guys. Just saying


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    (Original post by mark000)
    last year it was really low would it be the same or do u think it will be higher
    I know, 59% for an A* just doesn't sound right! I would say 68% for an A* but I really think it should be 80%
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    Aren't the boundaries always released on the day/week of the results?
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    (Original post by Angelo12231)
    This is such an amazing thread thank you so much
    Aww thank you and you're welcome
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    Awesome work, thanks Lucy I shall give out rep when I can :yep:
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    Thanks. Much appreciated
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    Thanks and good luck too for your A levels. Hopefully everyone here on TSR will get the grades they want and deserve. I just hope for the best as i cant afford not to do well.
    Thanks so much let's hope so! I'm sure you've done wonderfully :teehee:
    (Original post by lewishowell)
    sorry, can I just ask, you've stated that 70% is B, 80% is A etc however my brother sat a Geo exam GCSE two years ago and for an A* you needed only 68 marks out of 90 for it which would be 75%, so do these percentages move with exam difficulty or?? Also can you help me to make sense of the WJEC grade boundaries I find them really confusing as they aren't grades just numbers and don't have any tables or anything to help you convert the marks!
    Thanks
    Hey the percentages are in terms of UMS not raw marks, which is why your brother got an A*! The percentage required to get a certain grade in terms of raw marks is not equal to UMS. So when I've stated below that, that say 180/200 overall in geography would be an A*, that doesn't mean you can only drop 20 marks, you just need 180 UMS. Does that make it any clearer or? UMS percentages are fixed whilst raw mark grade boundaries are not I'll take a look and quote you again :yep:
    (Original post by Binary Freak)
    Aren't the boundaries always released on the day/week of the results?
    Most of them will be released on the 20th August


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