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    After getting a B in modular, I am doing Linear this summer. (Edexcel GCSE math)

    The grade boundaries are awfully lower for linear exams for some reason.

    Would it be easier to obtain an A*/A grade by doing linear at GCSE?

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    I don't think the difference is very substantial.

    I took Edexcel Linear and the papers are ridiculously easy. I think it's about 130/200 for an A.
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    I did Edexcel Linear in November and got a B. Then I sat OCR Linear in March which is supposedly harder and got an A.

    The grade boundaries for Edexcel in November were:
    A* - 157
    A - 120
    B - 83
    C - 46

    It varies between 120 and 130 for an A.


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    (Original post by Nocoolnamesleft)
    After getting a B in modular, I am doing Linear this summer. (Edexcel GCSE math)

    The grade boundaries are awfully lower for linear exams for some reason.

    Would it be easier to obtain an A*/A grade by doing linear at GCSE?

    Thank you.
    The recent grade boundaries for Modular are much higher than linear for Edexcel. To some extent it is logical they are a bit higher because taking the exams in 3 units spread over 2 years should be less of a test of memory than revising all of your maths to be tested over a couple of days. However, there is a feeling amongst some teachers that the process by which grade boundaries are set is flawed when students can chop and change between a modular and linear exam for the same subject. Basically, many of the students who do poorly in unit 1 and 2 get switched to linear at the end of their course, those with better grades continue. With many of the weaker candidates removed, the way boundaries are set is then leading to stupidly high boundaries in modular. I know of several schools who do modular that are entering D/C resit candidates for linear and are confident students will do better as a result. I only know of one that is entering those with B achievement/prediction in the hope of A or better.
 
 
 
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