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    So I was looking through some TSR threads and it struck me, most people know what they need in their last exam to get a certain grade i.e 60 Ums to get an A in business. I was wondering how people worked this out? I'd really like to know, just so I know how hard I need to work. The courses I'm studying are all AQA. Business, History and Law.
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    You look at the UMS of the exams you've already sat and then look at the total UMS you can achieve. E.g. for me I'm doing OCR biology and AS was worth 300 UMS overall and I got 242/300. The A2 is also out of 300 and so far I have 176/210 (I still have to do an exam in June worth 90 UMS) and therefore I have 418/510 in total. I know that for an A I need 80% so I need to get 480 in total. Therefore 480-418 = 62 so I need 62/90 in my last exam to get an A overall. Hope this helps
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    You look at your past results. Then you workout what overall mark you need to get a certain grade. Then you find the difference between the two = the mark you need in the next exam. simples
    e.g. say someone got in their Maths AS: 90, 76 in their Jan exams. To get an A overall, they need 80% of the total mark (300), so need 240 marks. They currently have 90+76 = 166. 240-166 = 74. Therefore, they need 74 marks in their final exam to get an A. (this is assuming that each module is out of 100 marks, for other subjects the weightings are slightly different, as indicated by the total marks available for each paper).
    An example of 'uneven' sharing of marks between papers, e.g. physics:
    Say they got 74/90 marks in the first exam, and 53/60 in the coursework, which gives them a total of 127 out of a possible 150 so far. The total AS is out of 300 - there are 150 marks available in the summer exam. 80% of 300 = 240. 240-127 = 113. Therefore, they need 113/150 in the summer paper (75%).
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    You look at the UMS of the exams you've already sat and then look at the total UMS you can achieve. E.g. for me I'm doing OCR biology and AS was worth 300 UMS overall and I got 242/300. The A2 is also out of 300 and so far I have 176/210 (I still have to do an exam in June worth 90 UMS) and therefore I have 418/510 in total. I know that for an A I need 80% so I need to get 480 in total. Therefore 480-418 = 62 so I need 62/90 in my last exam to get an A overall. Hope this helps
    Thank ever so much!
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    You look at your past results. Then you workout what overall mark you need to get a certain grade. Then you find the difference between the two = the mark you need in the next exam. simples
    e.g. say someone got in their Maths AS: 90, 76 in their Jan exams. To get an A overall, they need 80% of the total mark (300), so need 240 marks. They currently have 90+76 = 166. 240-166 = 74. Therefore, they need 74 marks in their final exam to get an A. (this is assuming that each module is out of 100 marks, for other subjects the weightings are slightly different, as indicated by the total marks available for each paper).
    An example of 'uneven' sharing of marks between papers, e.g. physics:
    Say they got 74/90 marks in the first exam, and 53/60 in the coursework, which gives them a total of 127 out of a possible 150 so far. The total AS is out of 300 - there are 150 marks available in the summer exam. 80% of 300 = 240. 240-127 = 113. Therefore, they need 113/150 in the summer paper (75%).
    Thanks a lot! I'm a tad bit confused but I'm going to have a go now!
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    (Original post by dragonkeeper999)
    You look at your past results. Then you workout what overall mark you need to get a certain grade. Then you find the difference between the two = the mark you need in the next exam. simples
    e.g. say someone got in their Maths AS: 90, 76 in their Jan exams. To get an A overall, they need 80% of the total mark (300), so need 240 marks. They currently have 90+76 = 166. 240-166 = 74. Therefore, they need 74 marks in their final exam to get an A. (this is assuming that each module is out of 100 marks, for other subjects the weightings are slightly different, as indicated by the total marks available for each paper).
    An example of 'uneven' sharing of marks between papers, e.g. physics:
    Say they got 74/90 marks in the first exam, and 53/60 in the coursework, which gives them a total of 127 out of a possible 150 so far. The total AS is out of 300 - there are 150 marks available in the summer exam. 80% of 300 = 240. 240-127 = 113. Therefore, they need 113/150 in the summer paper (75%).

    (Original post by Sherlockedd)
    You look at the UMS of the exams you've already sat and then look at the total UMS you can achieve. E.g. for me I'm doing OCR biology and AS was worth 300 UMS overall and I got 242/300. The A2 is also out of 300 and so far I have 176/210 (I still have to do an exam in June worth 90 UMS) and therefore I have 418/510 in total. I know that for an A I need 80% so I need to get 480 in total. Therefore 480-418 = 62 so I need 62/90 in my last exam to get an A overall. Hope this helps
    I've done my As results I got 174 out of 200 which is an A but now I don't understand how to do my A2 results I got 68 out of 200 the 100 of that being my final exam, I've took it away from 200 to leave me with 132, now what? Sorry to be a pain! I'm so bad at maths!
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    I've done my As results I got 174 out of 200 which is an A but now I don't understand how to do my A2 results I got 68 out of 200 the 100 of that being my final exam, I've took it away from 200 to leave me with 132, now what? Sorry to be a pain! I'm so bad at maths!
    so far you have a total of 242 points out of the final total of 400. to get an A, you need 80% of 400 = 320 marks. 320-242 = 78. Therefore, you need 78 (a high B) in your summer exam to get an A.
    If you want an A*, you need 90% in the A2 units. You currently have 68. 90% of 200 is 180. 180- 68 = 112. This is greater than the number of marks available in your last exam, so you cannot get an A* without resits.
    If you want a B, you need 70% of 400 = 280 marks. You already have 242. 280-242 = 38. Therefore, you only need a high E in the last exam to get a B.
    Your current % is 60.5%, so without even turning up to your summer exam you have just scraped a C.
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    (Original post by dragonkeeper999)
    so far you have a total of 242 points out of the final total of 400. to get an A, you need 80% of 400 = 320 marks. 320-242 = 78. Therefore, you need 78 (a high B) in your summer exam to get an A.
    If you want an A*, you need 90% in the A2 units. You currently have 68. 90% of 200 is 180. 180- 68 = 112. This is greater than the number of marks available in your last exam, so you cannot get an A* without resits.
    If you want a B, you need 70% of 400 = 280 marks. You already have 242. 280-242 = 38. Therefore, you only need a high E in the last exam to get a B.
    Your current % is 60.5%, so without even turning up to your summer exam you have just scraped a C.
    You're amazing and I love you! Now to do my History and Law! Hopefully I can manage that!
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    You're amazing and I love you! Now to do my History and Law! Hopefully I can manage that!
    Haha, thanks If you have any more questions, feel free to ask
 
 
 
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