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    Hey everyone, first post to TSR, I actually signed up to ask this question (apologies if it's not in the right section or whatever). TL;DR, go to the bold text below

    So, I took my A2 CCEA Human Geography Paper today, long story short it went pretty poorly (spent way too long on initial questions and ran out of time, leaving out about 23 out of 90 marks :O), which is disheartening as I saw another post where a couple of guys were talking about how well it went :/

    Anyway, I did well enough last year that, by my calculations (I'm not even joking :L), I think a B and even and A (with a bit of luck and a lot of cramming) would not be out of the question assuming I do considerably better in the Physical paper - the other half of this year's marks.

    Basically, I'd just like for someone to please help bolster my confidence a little (or crush my dreams, whichever suits): I know that the raw mark you score is then submitted to the examiners' wizardry, which results in a UMS mark which usually DOESN'T equate to what you actually scored. I'd like to know if anyone understands the magic that takes place between these two marks - how likely is it that the standard mark bands (e.g. A = 80%) will effectively be lowered, either for the difficulty of the paper or just because it's A2 (yes I know it's meant to be a step up). In other words - have I done better than it seems?

    Thanks a lot guys, please move this if it's in the wrong place or direct me if it's been answered already.

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    I haven't much experience of CCEA, but it's a rare day when any subject (other than Maths) lands up with a % raw score translated into a UMS that is a higher %. In general, the % raw score is significantly lower than the equivalent % UMS - for instance, I have seen 38/50 raw turn into 100/100 UMS. You can probably find past Geography grade boundaries on the CCEA website that give you an idea what this year's might be.
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    Hey thanks Data,

    Sorry, I don't quite understand - you said it's rare when a raw % is marked up in the UMS conversion, then you said you've seen 38/50 raw become 100/100 UMS? Am I just being stupid?

    Yes I've looked for tables like that before, all I could find were unhelpful lists that gave the default boundaries (A = 80% etc.), but I'll look again. I looked at my AS marks and worked out raw % vs. UMS (i.e. final mark), they were all put up to some extent including (crucially) my Music, which went from high B to A (79% to 83%).


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    (Original post by joshburnsy)
    Hey thanks Data,

    Sorry, I don't quite understand - you said it's rare when a raw % is marked up in the UMS conversion, then you said you've seen 38/50 raw become 100/100 UMS? Am I just being stupid?

    Yes I've looked for tables like that before, all I could find were unhelpful lists that gave the default boundaries (A = 80% etc.), but I'll look again. I looked at my AS marks and worked out raw % vs. UMS (i.e. final mark), they were all put up to some extent including (crucially) my Music, which went from high B to A (79% to 83%).


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    No, I am. I meant marked down. Sorry.

    You can normally find the raw grade boundaries if you search on the relevant exam board website for 'raw grade boundaries 2012' or similar.
 
 
 
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