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    Yes, boundaries appear to be higher
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    No, seem same as usual.
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    No, actually appear lower.
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    I keep hearing/reading about higher grade boundaries in January papers in the past day or so.

    In hindsight of the GCSE issue with English papers last year - and the difference between January and June, perhaps they have been raised/tightened for January papers.

    (For example, Edexcel Economics unit 3 boundaries went 3 marks higher than the average despite being a relatively harder paper than June 2012 and certainly January 2012 papers.)

    What do you think?
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    The grade boundaries seem to be the same as usual, but the fact that the exams were harder this and they didnt lower the grade boundaries is ridiculous.
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    For some exams, the boundaries were lenient, some exams, not so lenient.

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    (Original post by noahharley)
    I keep hearing/reading about higher grade boundaries in January papers in the past day or so.

    In hindsight of the GCSE issue with English papers last year - and the difference between January and June, perhaps they have been raised/tightened for January papers.

    (For example, Edexcel Economics unit 3 boundaries went 3 marks higher than the average despite being a relatively harder paper than June 2012 and certainly January 2012 papers.)

    What do you think?
    No they haven't, its standardised so its fair. January papers have higher grade boundaries due to resits.

    How hard a paper is subjective, people always find their own paper the hardest, most of the time.
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    Some subjects went up, and other stayed the same. Broadly speaking, they didn't change as much.

    However for OCR Chemistry B, one of the units went up by 6 to 9 marks! That's like a whole grade!
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    (Original post by Tbx)
    No they haven't, its standardised so its fair. January papers have higher grade boundaries due to resits.

    How hard a paper is subjective, people always find their own paper the hardest, most of the time.
    True. Though actually, due to the modular nature of some papers in some subjects (such as economics, psychology, Chemistry etc.) it is the June paper that form the resits. That's why in past years June boundaries for such subjects have been higher than Januaries - though I think there trying to even better standardise them now.
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    (Original post by noahharley)
    True. Though actually, due to the modular nature of some papers in some subjects (such as economics, psychology, Chemistry etc.) it is the June paper that form the resits. That's why in past years June boundaries for such subjects have been higher than Januaries - though I think there trying to even better standardise them now.
    I accept that but really data can be presented in any way. For example some sixth forms/ colleges don't enter students into January exams, not that they can anymore anyway will mean people who resit will bring the grade boundaries up.

    But you could also say students are sitting the exam for the first time so January grade boundaries should decrease.
    Either way these are all just theories, what I don't understand is why don't the subjects only have one exam board rather than 5+?
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    (Original post by Nitrogen)
    The grade boundaries seem to be the same as usual, but the fact that the exams were harder this and they didnt lower the grade boundaries is ridiculous.
    I doubt the now scrapped Gove plans had any influence on the difficulty of the exams, they're written 2 years in advance aren't they?
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    (Original post by Tbx)
    I accept that but really data can be presented in any way. For example some sixth forms/ colleges don't enter students into January exams, not that they can anymore anyway will mean people who resit will bring the grade boundaries up.

    But you could also say students are sitting the exam for the first time so January grade boundaries should decrease.
    Either way these are all just theories, what I don't understand is why don't the subjects only have one exam board rather than 5+?
    Exactly - one exam board would make the process much simpler. Though to compensate for that they would have to make their spec more flexible - for example, in history there would have to be a vast range of topics available.
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    my politics (Edexcel) boundaries were extremely low, history (AQA) was pretty high.
    Both papers were neither hard nor easy.
    It's weird.
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    (Original post by noahharley)
    Exactly - one exam board would make the process much simpler. Though to compensate for that they would have to make their spec more flexible - for example, in history there would have to be a vast range of topics available.
    Yes! Plus I think it makes it more fair for students, so the comparisons can be made as I think some subject difficulty can vary on exam boards.

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    I doubt the now scrapped Gove plans had any influence on the difficulty of the exams, they're written 2 years in advance aren't they?
    Yet OCR Biology still managed to balls up a paper last year.
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    I got 75% in raw marks which usually would have given me about 77ish% in maths, but instead it went down to 69% UMS. And OCR computing is the highest it has ever been. So, yes.
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    Seems like they were quite high, especially in maths and chemistry, but it is hard to tell.
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    Don't think so. All AQA papers for Psychology had very low grade boundaries. Mind you, people still messed up :/ *sigh* I heard a lot of complaints about some Maths/Chemistry papers, though.
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    Yes the AQA biology, chemistry and physics gcse unit 2 bounded were much higher than in June. Even my teachers commented on that.
 
 
 
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