hello to everyone. im starting GCSE's in under 4 days and am actually a nervous wreck. im expected to get flying colours and i am pretty sure that i will get all A*'s but i have some questions:
A)any ways to calm down
B)any ways to test myself? (done all past papers and all samlearning stuff)
C)my question on grades;
for example lets take last years AQA BIOLOGY 4401 grade boundaries:
unit 1 45/60 A*
unit 2 45/60 A*
unit 3 36/60 A* (unit 3 is insanely hard for most)
does this mean that i can drop 54 marks and still get an A*?
or is each test unrelated, so i need to get the boundary for the A*?
in unit 1 and 2 i can get between 52-55 (lets assume 50)
what is the minimum i can get in unit 3 to still get A*?
is this the same with all subjects (accounting for grade boundary differences of course)?
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- Thread Starter
- 09-05-2014 16:30
- 09-05-2014 17:40
It is UMS you need to worry about really. The UMS boundary never moves. The raw marks always fluctuate so it depends on the difficulty of the exam. For example, on the physics unit 3 paper last year 44/60 was considered 100% UMS wise. You need all of your UMS to be at A* or high A to get an A* over all. (This is unless you can get almost 100 in one exam. Then you might be able to get away with a high B). When I sat my maths, I needed an incredibly low B in unit 3 to gain an A overall. However, I could only drop 4 marks to get an A* luckily I dropped only 3 because I stupidly forgot to round something up! It is basically about levelling off. If you can do really well in one exam, you can afford to do slightly worse in another.
- 09-05-2014 22:22
You need 360 UMS for an A* in sciences.
Your ISA is 25% of your sciences, so you basically need 260 UMS to get and A* and 220 UMS to get an A.
You can easily get 2 A* and B and still get an A* overall.
Don't stress, it will just make it harder. Try going for a walk to calm down.