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1. Okay so i'm doing GCSE Astronomoy ((yes it is a real Edexcel GCSE)) and I compeltely ****ed up my controlled assessment purely because the teachers suddenly shortened the deadline so we couldnt finish in time.

The controlled assessment is worth 25% of the exam and I'm expecting B's and C's in them ((we did two))

If I managed to get an A* in the exam, and an average B in the controlled assessments, would I still be able to get an A overall?
2. It has an importance of 25%. I'm not sure what other information you need.
3. (Original post by jjpneed)
It has an importance of 25%. I'm not sure what other information you need.
fair enough, i'm just panicking.

Guess I'll see how it goes on results day
4. The calculations: Assuming the two controlled assessments are weighted equally and you got a middle B in one and a middle C in the other, you would have scored an average UMS of 70% across the two, meaning the controlled assessments have given you 17.5% of the total UMS. You need at least 80% UMS in total to get an A, so you'd need another 62.5% of the total UMS. If the exam is worth 75%, you'd need (62.5/75)*100= 84% (rounded up) UMS in the final exam to secure an A overall. Note that an 83% UMS is not the same as 83%.

This highlights how relatively unimportant the controlled assessments are, since if my assumptions about your results are correct, you still only need an A (albeit a mid-high one) in the final exam to get an A overall. In fact, if you really ace your final exam and get above 97% UMS, you could even still get an A* (assuming you had an average UMS of 70% across the controlled assessments). Even if we take the worst case scenario and you get a very low C in your controlled assessments (a UMS of 60%), you still only need a UMS of 87% in your final exam (which is a high A) to get an A overall.

tl;dr: Yes, you can
. If you got a low B across your controlled assessments you need a medium A in your final exam to secure an A. If you got a low C across your controlled assessments you need a high A (preferably A*) to secure an A.

Please note that these calculations assume your controlled assessments are worth a total of 25% together and are both weighted equally (i.e. 12.5% each), and that the final exam is worth 75%, which is what I understood from the OP. Also, please remember that UMS is not the same as the raw mark.
5. (Original post by Chlorophile)
The calculations: Assuming the two controlled assessments are weighted equally and you got a middle B in one and a middle C in the other, you would have scored an average UMS of 70% across the two, meaning the controlled assessments have given you 17.5% of the total UMS. You need at least 80% UMS in total to get an A, so you'd need another 62.5% of the total UMS. If the exam is worth 75%, you'd need (62.5/75)*100= 84% (rounded up) UMS in the final exam to secure an A overall. Note that an 83% UMS is not the same as 83%.

This highlights how relatively unimportant the controlled assessments are, since if my assumptions about your results are correct, you still only need an A (albeit a mid-high one) in the final exam to get an A overall. In fact, if you really ace your final exam and get above 97% UMS, you could even still get an A* (assuming you had an average UMS of 70% across the controlled assessments). Even if we take the worst case scenario and you get a very low C in your controlled assessments (a UMS of 60%), you still only need a UMS of 87% in your final exam (which is a high A) to get an A overall.

tl;dr: Yes, you can
. If you got a low B across your controlled assessments you need a medium A in your final exam to secure an A. If you got a low C across your controlled assessments you need a high A (preferably A*) to secure an A.

Please note that these calculations assume your controlled assessments are worth a total of 25% together and are both weighted equally (i.e. 12.5% each), and that the final exam is worth 75%, which is what I understood from the OP. Also, please remember that UMS is not the same as the raw mark.
Thank you so much!
This is what I was after, yes I'm determined to get at least an A in the exam, hoping for an A* though!

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6. (Original post by Saywhatyoumean)
Okay so i'm doing GCSE Astronomoy ((yes it is a real Edexcel GCSE)) and I compeltely ****ed up my controlled assessment purely because the teachers suddenly shortened the deadline so we couldnt finish in time.

The controlled assessment is worth 25% of the exam and I'm expecting B's and C's in them ((we did two))

If I managed to get an A* in the exam, and an average B in the controlled assessments, would I still be able to get an A overall?
So is one complete and the other incomplete?

If this is the case, in the incomplete one, which parts couldn't you finish?
7. (Original post by ThatPerson)
So is one complete and the other incomplete?

If this is the case, in the incomplete one, which parts couldn't you finish?
I managed to complete them both luckily but not as well as I would have hoped. We had much longer on the first controlled assessment but I have no idea how well I did on that one ://

Basically, there are four sections that are each out of 5: design, observations, analysis and evaluation and the grade boundaries are quite high, I think it's 18/20 for an A*, 16/20 for an A and so on...I'm hoping I've got at least 3 in each section...

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8. (Original post by Nick Latham)
Controlled assessments are generally below 50% in contribution to final grade, but I wouldn't neglect them because of this; one slight grade difference in a 10 or 15% controlled assessment could upgrade you from an A to an A*.
Hmh I hope I've done well enough, thanks

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