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    (Original post by dewdrop)
    Ok you win, thats awful :eek: (although it's a hollow victory hehe)
    I've got 14 hours left - 2 synoptic papers and 3 AEAs.
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    (Original post by Aired)
    To remember the colour of iron ions think about the seasons:

    Fe(II): Second season - summer. Solution and hydroxide are both green.

    Fe(III): Third season - autumn. Solution is yellow, and the precipitate is orange/brown (like the leaves in autumn)

    Stupid, but it works
    What i hate is when books have different opinions! The Bible of AQA chemistry actually says Fe(III) is violet! (dont worry its only because it turns yellow when the h2o is hydrolysed)

    LAST EXAM TOMOROW!!!!!
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    we have multi choice synoptic too, which is sooo cool!!!!
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    (Original post by Aired)
    To remember the colour of iron ions think about the seasons:

    Fe(II): Second season - summer. Solution and hydroxide are both green.

    Fe(III): Third season - autumn. Solution is yellow, and the precipitate is orange/brown (like the leaves in autumn)

    Stupid, but it works
    That is some trippy ****
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    (Original post by -x- Lici -x-)
    How do the UMS things work - from what i've read - if you got high a's you only need d's ???
    Basically, your raw mark in each module is scaled, depending on how well other people did and how hard the paper was, to give a UMS mark, usually out of 100, although it varies a bit to weight the different modules. Your AS part is out of 300 UMS, and your A2 part is another 300, so the overall grade depends on how many you get out of 600 - as Aired said, its 480 for an A, so if you get ~300 at AS, you can drop quite a lot of marks at A2 and still average out to an A.
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    The normal distribution
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    (Original post by tctc)
    The normal distribution
    What about it? Do they assume marks are normally distributed around the average and then use percentiles of it for UMS?
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    As far as I know A levels aren't competitive i.e. you could get 99/100 but if everyone else got 100/100 you still wouldn't get an A, so I don't think they solely use the normal distribution when determining grades but I could be wrong.
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    Oh and can I just add how intensely angry I am that Holland lost tonight; need to vent! I'm major Holland fan having lived here all my life and it pains me to see they underperform when it comes down to the crunch over and over again. Just fingers crossed that in 4 years time it'll finally be different when their under 21 squad that won the under 21 world cup progresses to the first team. It's scary how wound up football can get me at times lol.
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    If honest Juneau i was really really shocked - you guys really should have won - i feel for you!!

    me xx
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    (Original post by Juneau)
    As far as I know A levels aren't competitive i.e. you could get 99/100 but if everyone else got 100/100 you still wouldn't get an A, so I don't think they solely use the normal distribution when determining grades but I could be wrong.
    Nope it is plotted on the normal distrubution. With more statistics that i would understand due to my hatred of the subject. but it was explained to me once buy a senior examiner/offsted reporter as he though i had a love for statistics.... When i was trying to explain mechanics is >.


    Anyhow got some chemistry to do now... bye bye
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    It must be more complicated than that, otherwise the percentage getting an A would be unlikely to rise to ~40%, which I think it does in some subjects.
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    LAst exam done, not as safe as you lot with UMS though so maybe got B overall in one. all i can do is wait now! (and pray)
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    yipee, no more exams this year!! Gap Year starts now! Have to finish dress making for friday, wop de doo.

    I'm kind of wishing i was doing AEA's now, but oh well, for when i miss my grades.

    how are people spending the time between the end of exams and august the 17th?
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    (Original post by Aired)
    Well you need 480/600 UMS to get an A

    I had 372 after my January exam, and there are 210 UMS points available in the summer exams, so I need [ (480-372)/210 ] x 100 = 51% which is a D
    Ok...sorry to still be dumb - but how did u work out what percentages equal which grade?? Thanks for this !!

    xx
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    (Original post by crazynutter)
    yipee, no more exams this year!! Gap Year starts now! Have to finish dress making for friday, wop de doo.

    I'm kind of wishing i was doing AEA's now, but oh well, for when i miss my grades.

    how are people spending the time between the end of exams and august the 17th?
    I plan to do nothing for the next two weeks except my friend is coming from sweden so il probably do something . Then im going on holiday for three weeks, then i might get a job :cool:

    Is everyone here very safe on UMS marks? I need to get A's this year to get A's over all which is why im panicking.
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    hmm, Im at school for the last time today. I might go 'borrow' some books from the library in a minute...
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    I'm very safe in terms of UMS for sciences, but have only 2 f.maths modules already so i was working for straight A's hopefully, but will be fine with 2 A's and 2 B's.

    We have to go back into school for the last couple of days of term for prize giving (and i have to turn up because i've been awarded something) and beer money, we acually get a tenner for going to school that day so it's almost worth it.

    And school have previously thrented my friend with legal action for not returning library books, the staff really need to get a life!
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    Hey everyone!

    College applied to: Fitz - pooled to Robinson (on 1st day of pool - get in!)
    Course: Maths
    Conditions: AAA excluding German (so that'll be Maths, Further Maths and Computing) and Grade 1 in both STEP II and III.
    Deferred entry? No
    Nationality: British? English? Who knows?
    Where are you living right now: Nottingham
    A few details about yourself: I am very doubtful about getting the STEP grades.

    To clarify about marking the exams: this is how they do it (not sure if this is just in Maths or all exams):

    1. Papers marked to mark scheme.
    2. Examiners get together, and select papers submitted by A standard, C standard and E standard candidates. They look at what marks they got, and adjust the grade boundaries accordingly, using "interpolation" to get B and D grade boundaries. So for a hard exam, 77/100 might be the A boundary, instead of 80. When they adjust to the UMS however, they take the NEW score, so a candidate who only scored 77/100 would be recorded as having scored 80/100. This is why if it says you scored 100 (or the equivalent, such as 120, depending on the UMS total for subject's modules) it DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN YOU MADE NO MISTAKES; they could have just moved the marks up. However, if you really did get 100% in the exam, they can't move it down, however "easy" the exam was.

    The reason for this complicated system is so exam scores can be compared between years, and the January and June sessions. It wouldn't be fair if an A grade candidate sat a hard exam in January and got a B, whereas a B grade candidate sitting the same exam in June got an A cos the exam was easier.

    So there you go! I think that's all pretty much correct. Our Maths teachers go on about this a lot, cos one of them is an OCR examiner.

    Hope that made it a bit clearer!
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    (Original post by -x- Lici -x-)
    Ok...sorry to still be dumb - but how did u work out what percentages equal which grade?? Thanks for this !!

    xx
    80%=A 70%=B and you get the idea!!

    (remember raw marks are usually at least 5% less(ie you dont need 80% of the total marks in the exam to get 80% UMS) than these so you can do better than you expect)

    ......and what dragon girl said above lol
 
 
 
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