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    (Original post by 566)
    I'm afraid


    and I don't understand WTF UMS is and how it'll apply to my AS's.
    It's essentially a ranking system for each exam, so you don't get penalised if the exam was harder than previous exams.
    Lets take a nice simple example, where both the paper and UMS marks is out of 100:
    The highest mark achieved by anyone was 95/100. Therefore, all people with 95/100 received 100/100 UMS. The lowest mark achieved by anyone was 10/100, so they received 1/100 UMS.
    The top 20% of people achieved 88/100 - 95/100, so all people in this range achieved an A. The people who achieved exactly 88/100 received 80/100 UMS.

    Does this kind of make sense? Basically, everyone is ranked and the top 1% of people get 100% UMS, the next 1% get 99% UMS and so on. The idea is to make the exams fairer since if it was a particularly hard exams everyone will do worse, but their ranking compared to everyone else who sat that particular exam should remain unchanged so they achieve a suitable UMS score.

    When working out your overall grade for a subject, they just add together your UMS scores from each exam in that subject.

    Sometimes an exam will be out of 60 but the UMS score out of 80 or something else bizarre - don't worry, the ranking still works the same.
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    (Original post by charlie4590)
    What do people who did GEOG3 AQA think the grade boundaries for an A*/A will be?
    I'm asking the same question, this exam is literally the decider on whether or not I go to uni any ideas??
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    I feel so nervous I feel sick! It's the fact i know iv let myself down and could have done better there's nothing worse!! Iv had a run to try and destress me but I can tell I need to cry in such fear hahaha

    and to people debating on whether to look at boundaries or not, if you are not a stressful person like me then it's fine. However, if your not I recommend you don't as I did I January and I made myself so worried!!
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    (Original post by Tom_green_day)
    Well the coursework is fine, it's just the exam work would require me to learn about a years worth of new materials. You can retake the different components like performance, composition or exam separately which is a life-saver. What's coursework like for your subjects?
    Ah the coursework for my subjects wasn't so bad because it was only English that I had to do coursework in Anyway hopefully we'll get the exam results we want so there'll be no retakes!! Trying to be positive about it now haha.
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    Which is a better uni for biology, Manchester or Bristol??


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    (Original post by Boy_wonder_95)
    I'm guessing 61-62 for an A in S1, but it would be nice if it were lower.
    Yeah those were my initial guesses as well, I'm firmly assuming that it will be 61/75 but you never know. As for M1, it is probably going to be 58/75
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    (Original post by berkley12)
    I'm asking the same question, this exam is literally the decider on whether or not I go to uni any ideas??
    I was thinking 68 for an A* and 60 for an A? You?? My only guide with my estimate is June 2012 being supposedly being easier with the majority doing the tectonics essay which was a really good essay, and it was 69 for an A*, the highest boundaries so far, so i'm going a little lower?? Also being hopeful aha.
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    Watching tdwpplaya's videos on youtube to kill time!
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    checking track even though I know it won't show anything

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    have the tiniest bit of hope there's been a mistake and they've accidentally updated it already
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    (Original post by Samantha1234)
    I feel so nervous I feel sick! It's the fact i know iv let myself down and could have done better there's nothing worse!! Iv had a run to try and destress me but I can tell I need to cry in such fear hahaha

    and to people debating on whether to look at boundaries or not, if you are not a stressful person like me then it's fine. However, if your not I recommend you don't as I did I January and I made myself so worried!!
    I'm in the same shoes. I'm not going on TSR on Wednesday so I can steer well clear of grade boundaries.

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    (Original post by charlie4590)
    What do people who did GEOG3 AQA think the grade boundaries for an A*/A will be?
    I think they may be on the lower side given that the exam was quite hard! Or that it was just oddly phrased and they slipped Mann-Whitney in.
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    (Original post by needtosucceed=))
    checking track even though I know it won't show anything

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    Not long to go anyway. The less you think about it, the faster it will seem that time passes.
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    going to see The Conjuring on Wednesday night..... i dunno if this is the best idea or not hahahahahaha
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    (Original post by needtosucceed=))
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    We can be twin.
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    (Original post by Fas)
    going to see The Conjuring on Wednesday night..... i dunno if this is the best idea or not hahahahahaha
    Dude, just have your phone ready to call your parents to save you in the middle of the night...my heart nearly exploded in my chest when I went to bed
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    (Original post by Fas)
    going to see The Conjuring on Wednesday night..... i dunno if this is the best idea or not hahahahahaha
    I don't know whether I want to do this!:lol: (although it'd have to be earlier because my friend has work at 8)
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    (Original post by needtosucceed=))
    checking track even though I know it won't show anything

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    I've been doing the same thing. The first time i did it i saw 'Accepted' next to my firm, freaked out, and then realised it only said 'Conditional Offer (Firmly accepted)' :facepalm2:
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    (Original post by Padouken)
    Not long to go anyway. The less you think about it, the faster it will seem that time passes.
    yea I went out today which took my mind off it, but as soon as I get home and spend hours on the laptop time seems to freeze :rolleyes:
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    Hell no, not watching the conjuring so ****ing scary
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    (Original post by ScarlettFierce)
    That's true! I will wait then, no point in giving myself anxiety haha! I want to say I'm hopeful because my firm keeps sending me emails but I'm telling myself they are just general lol... They probably are!


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    Ah, yes!
    See... I don't know what those email are like personally, but I totally emphasise!

    Check, but leave your in a place of uncertainty that the mark schemes are right... That will hold you for your nights sleep and you'll find out your fate on the upcoming hours!0


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