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    With just over a week 'til results day, I thought that I'd compile a brief(-ish) list of all of my predictions for grade boundaries. Hopefully this should put some people's minds at ease.
    OCR Gateway Biology B- B1 B2 B3 paper [Higher]
    [Accompanying unofficial mark scheme- http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...rimary_content UNFINISHED]

    The grade boundaries prior to 2016 are as follows;
    June 2015- A*: 50, A: 42, B: 34, C: 27 [8 mark difference between grades]
    June 2014- A*: 52, A: 43, B: 34, C: 26 [9 to 8 mark difference between grades]
    June 2013- A*: 45, A: 36, B: 27, C: 19 [9 to 8 mark difference between grades]
    January 2013- A*: 45, A: 37, B: 29, C: 21 [8 mark difference between grades]

    Past papers can be found here- http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications...263-from-2012/
    Raw marks to UMS conversion chart can be found here- http://www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/conv...-marks-to-ums/

    In comparison to the June 2014 paper (which has the highest grade boundaries, as marked in red above), I believe that the 2016 paper was of the same difficulty, if not easier, therefore I've come to the conclusion that the grade boundaries will be similar to those in June 2014.

    Predictions
    June 2016- A*: 55, A: 46, B: 35, C: 27

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    OCR Gateway Biology B- B4, B5, B6 paper [Higher]
    [Accompanying unofficial mark scheme- http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4171135]

    The grade boundaries prior to 2016 are as follows;
    June 2015- A*: 49, A: 41, B: 33, C: 25 [8 mark difference between grades]
    June 2014- A*: 53, A: 43, B: 33, C: 24 [10 to 9 mark difference between grades]
    June 2013- A*: 47, A: 39, B: 31, C: 23 [8 mark difference between grades]

    In comparison to the June 2014 paper (once again, marked in red), I believe that the 2016 paper was of a similar difficulty, though some people found this paper more difficult that previous papers due to the specific knowledge recall and obscure topics chosen.

    Predictions
    June 2016- A*: 48, A: 38, B: 28, C: 19

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    OCR Gateway Chemistry B- C1, C2, C3 paper [Higher]
    [Accompanying unofficial mark scheme- http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...rimary_content UNFINISHED]

    The grade boundaries prior to 2016 are as follows;
    June 2015- A*: 61, A: 51, B: 41, C: 31 [10 mark difference between grades]
    June 2014- A*: 61, A: 51, B: 40, C: 29 [10 to 11 mark difference between grades]
    June 2013- A*: 55, A: 45, B: 35, C: 25 [10 mark difference between grades]
    January 2013- [Same margins as above]

    Past papers can be found here- http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications...264-from-2012/
    Raw mark to UMS conversion chart can be found here- http://www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/conv...-marks-to-ums/

    On account of the obscure topics chosen- for example, the question concerning which metals are used to create alloys, and the question concerning chromatography, which, in the revision guide, has little more than a paragraphs-worth of information to recall from-, I believe that the grade boundaries will be lower than both 2015 and 2014, however I don't think that they will be as low as 2013. A 10 to 11 mark difference between grades is to be expected.

    Predictions
    June 2016- A*: 59, A: 49, B: 39, C: 29

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    OCR Gateway Chemistry B- C4, C5, C6 paper [Higher]
    [Accompanying unofficial mark scheme- http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4176844]

    The grade boundaries prior to 2016 are as follows;
    June 2015- A*: 60, A: 50, B: 40, C: 30 [10 mark difference between grades]
    June 2014- A*: 62, A: 52, B: 41, C: 31 [10 to 11 to 10 mark difference between grades]
    June 2013- A*: 54, A: 45, B: 36, C: 28 [9 to 8 mark difference between grades]

    Despite my own opinion on the difficulty of the paper, the vast majority thought that this paper was relatively difficult, more so than past papers. On account of the comparative easiness of the first paper, I'd say that these grade boundaries will be lower than 60, though no lower than, say, 55.

    Predictions
    June 2016- A* 56, A: 46, B: 38, C: 30

    ~

    OCR Gateway Physics B- P1, P2, P3 paper [Higher]
    [Accompanying unofficial mark scheme- http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=4167425, though I disagree with the answer for he second six marker.]

    The grade boundaries prior to 2016 are as follows;
    June 2015- A*: 52, A: 43, B: 34, C: 25 [9 mark difference between grades]
    June 2014- A*: 54, A: 45, B: 36, C: 28 [9 to 8 mark difference between grades]
    June 2013- A*: 46, A: 38. B: 30, C: 22 [8 mark difference between grades]
    January 2013- A*: 46, A: 37, B: 28, C: 20 [9 to 8 mark difference between grades]

    Past papers can be found here- http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-gateway-science-suite-physics-b-j265-from-2012/
    Raw marks to UMS conversion chart can be found here- http://www.ocr.org.uk/i-want-to/conv...-marks-to-ums/

    In comparison to the June 2014 paper, I believe that the 2016 paper was marginally easier, therefore the grade boundaries will be higher.

    Predictions
    June 2016- A*: 56, A: 47, B: 38, C: 30

    ~

    OCR Gateway Physics B- P4, P5, P6 paper [Higher]
    [Accompanying unofficial mark scheme- http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4180628]

    The grade boundaries prior to 2016 are as follows;
    June 2015- A*: 54, A: 45, B: 36, C: 27 [9 mark difference between grades]
    June 2014- A*: 57, A: 48, B: 39, C: 30 [9 mark difference between grades]
    June 2013- A*: 52, A: 43, B: 34, C: 25 [9 mark difference between grades]

    While the calculations were rather difficult and some of the questions were phrased oddly, the majority of the questions were largely accessible to most people.

    Predictions
    June 2016- A*: 55, A: 46, B: 37, C: 28

    ~
    So there you have it! I'd like to say a massive thank you to the creators of each unofficial mark scheme- kudos to you. If anyone has any feedback, feel free to share. I will be linking the official grade boundaries when they are released the day before!
 
 
 
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