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    (Original post by CD223)
    Ah. I got 41 UMS last year. Found out that was 1 UMS mark off of a B, and 7 UMS off of an A. 😐


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    Same! :O It is very narrow, which is a little ridiculous. I asked for my paper back and to be honest I made loads of stupid mistakes that I would not have made this year, but unfortunately unit 6X is much harder
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    Same! :O It is very narrow, which is a little ridiculous. I asked for my paper back and to be honest I made loads of stupid mistakes that I would not have made this year, but unfortunately unit 6X is much harder
    I know what you mean. I got my paper back but decided not to resit as it didn't impact last year's paper. When the deadline for EMPAs (15th May) has passed, it would be interesting to see everyone's responses.

    Do you think I'd be allowed to make an unofficial Section B mark scheme so long as it was safely after the 15th?


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    Ah I'm sure you did okay! I did mine on Tuesday.

    Please don't disclose specifics to people now you've done it though.


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    Do you know when the 'ban' on discussing them gets lifted? I really want to discuss all the answers lol
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    (Original post by CD223)
    Ah. I got 41 UMS last year. Found out that was 1 UMS mark off of a B, and 7 UMS off of an A. ������


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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    a little bit better, not significant but I had forgotten how good they were lol

    Can you guys aware/explain me the UMS conversion rate? wrt to the EMPA/ISa's

    How many marks out of 50 is usually full UMS? or how many marks for an A
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    What book do you guys use to study the optional units? I've got Nelson Thornes book which is ok in terms of practicing the main content cause it contains so many questions, but I've had to order another book just to revise the optional units cause this one doesn't contain them.
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    (Original post by l1lvink)
    Do you know when the 'ban' on discussing them gets lifted? I really want to discuss all the answers lol
    Well the actual EMPA runs from 1st May to 15th May so I'm assuming after that it's okay to talk about it. Was thinking of posting my answers in a separate thread to see what others thought but I don't know if or when that's possible.


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    (Original post by MichuAtDeGeaBa)
    Can you guys aware/explain me the UMS conversion rate? wrt to the EMPA/ISa's

    How many marks out of 50 is usually full UMS? or how many marks for an A
    If you google AQA UMS converter you'll be able to look at past boundaries. They change year on year so it's hard to nail down a specific conversion rate.


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    (Original post by MichuAtDeGeaBa)
    What book do you guys use to study the optional units? I've got Nelson Thornes book which is ok in terms of practicing the main content cause it contains so many questions, but I've had to order another book just to revise the optional units cause this one doesn't contain them.
    I use the CGP guide, Collins PHYA5/A guide and the Nelson Thornes AQA course notes. This is for Astro.
    What unit do you do?


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    (Original post by CD223)
    If you google AQA UMS converter you'll be able to look at past boundaries. They change year on year so it's hard to nail down a specific conversion rate.


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    on average?
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    (Original post by CD223)
    I use the CGP guide, Collins PHYA5/A guide and the Nelson Thornes AQA course notes. This is for Astro.
    What unit do you do?


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    I've ordered this




    Edit, not THIS one obviously tthe unit 5 with the optional units, but the same book/brand essentially
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    (Original post by MichuAtDeGeaBa)
    on average?
    Without looking at the past boundaries I wouldn't know. It tends to be ~35-38 out of 54/55 for the past couple of years for an A* I think.


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    (Original post by MichuAtDeGeaBa)
    I've ordered this




    Edit, not THIS one obviously tthe unit 5 with the optional units, but the same book/brand essentially
    Ah they're good. I have one for the phya4 and phya5 exam.


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Without looking at the past boundaries I wouldn't know. It tends to be ~35-38 out of 54/55 for the past couple of years for an A* I think.


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    That's ridiculously good. I had 17/60 UMS last year i'm hoping it goes up to at least 50/60 UMS this year but now you're convincing me if 38/55 is full UMS it might even go up to 60


    These tasks are absolutely stupid no way to prepare for them
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    (Original post by CD223)
    I know what you mean. I got my paper back but decided not to resit as it didn't impact last year's paper. When the deadline for EMPAs (15th May) has passed, it would be interesting to see everyone's responses.

    Do you think I'd be allowed to make an unofficial Section B mark scheme so long as it was safely after the 15th?


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    Hopefully other people found it hard too :/ Yes I think so, but it won't be as successful as we would've forgotten most of it by then!
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    Hopefully other people found it hard too :/ Yes I think so, but it won't be as successful as we would've forgotten most of it by then!

    Most people find it hard but some schools prepare you more then others so there's still an even distribution at the end of the day
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    (Original post by MichuAtDeGeaBa)
    That's ridiculously good. I had 17/60 UMS last year i'm hoping it goes up to at least 50/60 UMS this year but now you're convincing me if 38/55 is full UMS it might even go up to 60


    These tasks are absolutely stupid no way to prepare for them
    Well I didn't say full UMS. I said A* was around 38. Full UMS is probably more like 43/44.


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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    Hopefully other people found it hard too :/ Yes I think so, but it won't be as successful as we would've forgotten most of it by then!
    Hmm I suppose. I wrote down my answers after I did it to confer with my friends who also sat it, so I do have my answers but I don't know how much benefit it would have if people have forgotten theirs haha.


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    (Original post by CD223)
    Well I didn't say full UMS. I said A* was around 38. Full UMS is probably more like 43/44.


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    oh ok but that's still good
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    (Original post by MichuAtDeGeaBa)
    oh ok but that's still good
    It is! Have you done June 2014 PHYA5? I have it as a mock next Tuesday and wondered its difficulty.


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    (Original post by CD223)
    It is! Have you done June 2014 PHYA5? I have it as a mock next Tuesday and wondered its difficulty.


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    Yep was the worst paper I sat in my life but i was not prepared for that exam last yea
 
 
 
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