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# Total A Level UMS = overall grade? yes or no? Watch

1. Hi, I was working out what kind of marks I need to get in my upcoming exams to get the grades I want. So overall, don't you pretty much always need 320/400 UMS for an A...
for my psychology exams last year (2 units), I got 64/80 and 120/120 which totals 184/200 for my AS exams. So I calculated that this year I'd need 136/200 UMS to get an A overall... (e.g. 76/120 and 60/80).
These marks just seem way to low to secure an A (they're like Cs/Ds ?). My teacher basically told me something similar at the start of the year but I just find it very hard to believe that that's all I need to get... and if it is why do the individual grade boundaries class those marks so low in comparison to the grade I'd achieve overall?
I'd appreciate someone explaining this to me, UMS gives me a headache.
2. (Original post by angel2015)
Hi, I was working out what kind of marks I need to get in my upcoming exams to get the grades I want. So overall, don't you pretty much always need 320/400 UMS for an A...
for my psychology exams last year (2 units), I got 64/80 and 120/120 which totals 184/200 for my AS exams. So I calculated that this year I'd need 136/200 UMS to get an A overall... (e.g. 76/120 and 60/80).
These marks just seem way to low to secure an A (they're like Cs/Ds ?). My teacher basically told me something similar at the start of the year but I just find it very hard to believe that that's all I need to get... and if it is why do the individual grade boundaries class those marks so low in comparison to the grade I'd achieve overall?
I'd appreciate someone explaining this to me, UMS gives me a headache.
Your calculations are correct. It seems low because you got a very good mark for AS that is above 80% and if you wanted an 80% average overall (I.e. an A grade) you can get less than 80% this year. So working hard in AS really pays off.
3. You got 92% at AS, meaning that you can get away with getting 68% at A2 and still averaging 80% across the two years.

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