I want to know how the examiners mark you and how your coursework evens out with your exam grade. So, say if you got 45/60 for biology which is an A. 32/60 for chemistry (B) and 35/60 for physics (B) AND for your coursework you got 40/50 (A)....What will your final grade/marks/percentage be and what are UMS marks??
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Last edited by laith1; 12-07-2014 at 12:23.
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"The Uniform Mark Scale (UMS) is a way of turning the raw marks achieved in a unit in a particular sitting into a mark that can be used to compare with those achieved in other series." - http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administ...orm-mark-scale
so if each unit has an equal weighting, 90UMS=A*, 80UMS=A, 70UMS=B etc for each unit. If there are 4 equally weighted units then 360UMS=A*, 320UMS=A etc...
The amount of raw marks needed to get a certain amount of ums changes with the difficulty of the paper (as reflected by how well the rest of the country performed in the exam). If nobody in the country got high raw marks, the grade boundaries will be lower...which means that the raw marks needed to get a certain amount of ums will be lower. In a harder paper, you may only need 35/60 to get an A* because 30 raw marks=90ums. In an easier paper, you may need 50/60 to get the same grade.
Your total grade depends on the percentage that each unit is worth. If biology, chemistry, physics and the coursework is worth 25% each, then if your average ums is 90 across all 4, you'd get an A*, and if your average ums was 80 you'd get an A.
To accurately predict your overall grade, you would need to tell me your UMS for each unit, because whether you got a high B or a low B (or a high A/ low A) will affect your grade. A high B would be 79UMS and a low B would be 70UMS.