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    Hello,

    I recently had my GCSE grades back from year 10 exams and I'm concerned about one in particular; Geography.

    I had 11 exams at the time so I was stressed at the point and by the time the exam had ended I was in tears. I'm usually quite good in exams (especially in Geography) but I completely failed this time.

    So I was surprised when I found out I had gotten an A in the subject but still quite disappointed that it wasn't an A* (like it was predicted)

    I was 3 marks off the A* target so I'm wondering whether it is still possible to get an overall A* grade? This exam was a total of 40% of the overall grade and I'm on the WJEC Exam board.
    Do you recommend re-sitting? Re-marking? Or can I still get that A* without doing either?

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    Hello,

    I recently had my GCSE grades back from year 10 exams and I'm concerned about one in particular; Geography.

    I had 11 exams at the time so I was stressed at the point and by the time the exam had ended I was in tears. I'm usually quite good in exams (especially in Geography) but I completely failed this time.

    So I was surprised when I found out I had gotten an A in the subject but still quite disappointed that it wasn't an A* (like it was predicted)

    I was 3 marks off the A* target so I'm wondering whether it is still possible to get an overall A* grade? This exam was a total of 40% of the overall grade and I'm on the WJEC Exam board.
    Do you recommend re-sitting? Re-marking? Or can I still get that A* without doing either?

    Thank you
    If I've understood correctly and you've got an A in one 40% unit, you've nothing to be concerned about. An A* is still perfectly achievable. Assuming you've dropped 3 UMS marks (not raw marks) then you got 69/80 in that exam, when you needed 72/80. However, you still have another 120 marks to go. If you get 111/120 (again, UMS) that's your A* in the bag. If you'd got your 72/80 for the A*, that would've been 108/120, so not really a big difference. Remember that what you get as a UMS (adjusted) percentage is normally higher than a raw percentage (actual marks achieved in the exam), so that 92.5% that you need over your next 120 will probably correspond to somewhere between 80-90% as a raw mark. Don't worry if that doesn't make sense, as I've not explained it well - just know that it means the A* is more achievable than those numbers suggest.
    In short, I wouldn't bother resitting (waste of time) or going for a remark (waste of money) - just take it as motivation to do better in the next two units!
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    here's what i got from my teacher (wjec as well) 50 ums ? for course work, i think. 100 for both external exams. that's 250 UMS altogether if i am right about the coursework ums, and you need 180 UMS apparently altogether for A star. so if you add up your UMS and if it's 180 or above then you got a star :P
 
 
 

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