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1. I got A*/A*/A in my ISAs how much of a factor are they in bumping up my grades
3. (Original post by Teenw123)
I got A*/A*/A in my ISAs how much of a factor are they in bumping up my grades
(AQA Chemistry, Biology and Physics, right?).
They have the same weighting as each of your exam papers: 25%. A*/A*/A is pretty strong!
4. (Original post by CaptErin)
(AQA Chemistry, Biology and Physics, right?).
They have the same weighting as each of your exam papers: 25%. A*/A*/A is pretty strong!
Say for chemistry I get A/A/B in my exams and factor in my A in the ISA do you think I'd get an A overall. Thanks
5. (Original post by Teenw123)
Say for chemistry I get A/A/B in my exams and factor in my A in the ISA do you think I'd get an A overall. Thanks
I'd imagine so, it all depends on the UMS boundaries; for an A* you need 360 UMS points, for an A you need 320.

Working on the absolute minimum mark for each grade:
ISA - A = 80 UMS
C1HP - A = 80 UMS
C2HP - A = 80 UMS
C3HP - B = 70 UMS
UMS = 310 = B, but that's 10 UMS away from an A and that's based on you getting the absolute minimum marks possible for each grade (say you got 1 mark away from an A on the C3 paper, that would be 78 UMS).

I don't know if that makes sense really, but the most likely circumstance is that yes, you would get an A. Sorry, I'm quite tired so it blurbles a bit! I hope that helps anyway
6. (Original post by CaptErin)
I'd imagine so, it all depends on the UMS boundaries; for an A* you need 360 UMS points, for an A you need 320.

Working on the absolute minimum mark for each grade:
ISA - A = 80 UMS
C1HP - A = 80 UMS
C2HP - A = 80 UMS
C3HP - B = 70 UMS
UMS = 310 = B, but that's 10 UMS away from an A and that's based on you getting the absolute minimum marks possible for each grade (say you got 1 mark away from an A on the C3 paper, that would be 78 UMS).

I don't know if that makes sense really, but the most likely circumstance is that yes, you would get an A. Sorry, I'm quite tired so it blurbles a bit! I hope that helps anyway
Yeah, it does thanks so how many marks in the test paper do you think 90 UMS would be
7. does the overall grade go off UMS?
8. (Original post by Teenw123)
Yeah, it does thanks so how many marks in the test paper do you think 90 UMS would be
90 is an A*, so it's usually between 47 and 50 marks for the unit 1 and unit 2 papers, and between 40 and 50 marks for the unit 3 papers :)

You can see all the grade boundaries on the AQA website:
http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/over/sta...-JUNE-2015.PDF (last year's boundaries)

...and can convert your marks on past papers to UMS using the UMS calculator (although it's a bit over complicated):

...and then cross-reference your total UMS score for each subject with the UMS boundaries:
http://store.aqa.org.uk/over/stat_pd...BOUNDARIES.PDF

To figure out what you would have gotten :)
9. (Original post by jazz_xox_)
does the overall grade go off UMS?
Yes your individual marks are given a UMS equivalent, and the UMS marks for each paper are added up to a total and then this is compared to the UMS boundaries to decide your grade

So if you got an A* on every paper, you'll get an A* overall, but if you got three A*s and an A, you could either get an A* or an A depending on your total UMS marks, as crazy as it seems!

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