# the umsWatch

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15 years ago
#1
how are the UMS marks calculated from the raw marks in the GCE AS?
15 years ago
#2
Once the marks have been left out for a few hours, they're put in the oven to cook with the grade boundaries - giving them just enough time to roast. Be careful though, if you mix your VCE points with the GCEs, there's a high risk of illness later on.
15 years ago
#3
once they see everyones raw marks. they go. i want 5 % to have a's.

so they give people above a certain marks a number between 80 and 100. (for ums out of 100)

and so on.

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15 years ago
#4
(Original post by ickle_katy)
once they see everyones raw marks. they go. i want 5 % to have a's.
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Its kind of done like that but not in that sense. I don't believe there are quotas on the grades that can be achieved. Otherwise pass rates would not be rising and there might not be criticisms about standards dumbing down as the same number of people would be getting the same grades as the previous generations.
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15 years ago
#5
(Original post by Unregistered)
how are the UMS marks calculated from the raw marks in the GCE AS?
Forgive me for sounding stupid (a favourite passtime of mine) but what is an UMS?
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15 years ago
#6
(Original post by Lord Huntroyde)
Forgive me for sounding stupid (a favourite passtime of mine) but what is an UMS?
All GCE schemes use a nationally-agreed uniform mark scheme (UMS) to report the result of each unit (module) and the subject awards. The maximum uniform mark scheme (UMS) for each grade unit depends on the weighting of the unit in the scheme of assessment.

The minimum uniform mark scheme (UMS) required for each grade of a unit result is:

A = 72/90, 80/100, 84/105, 96/120 or 80%.
B = 63/90, 70/100, 74/105, 84/120 or 70%.
C = 54/90, 60/100, 63/105, 72/120 or 60%.
D = 45/90, 50/100, 53/105, 60/120 or 50%.
E = 36/90, 40/100, 42/105, 48/120 or 40%.

The maximum uniform mark scheme (UMS) for the subject and the minimum uniform mark scheme (UMS) for each grade of a subject award are:

480 - 600 UMS marks = A @ A Level.
420 - 479 UMS marks = B @ A Level.
360 - 419 UMS marks = C @ A Level.
300 - 359 UMS marks = D @ A Level.
240 - 299 UMS marks = E @ A Level.
240 - 300 UMS marks = A @ AS Level.
210 - 239 UMS marks = B @ AS Level.
180 - 209 UMS marks = C @ AS Level.
150 - 179 UMS marks = D @ AS Level.
120 - 149 UMS marks = E @ AS Level.

An A Level is marked out of a total of 600 UMS marks from AS and A2 modules.
An AS Level is marked out of a total of 300 UMS marks from AS modules.
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