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    Last year`s Edexcel AS grade boundaries in Biology B, Physics and Chemistry were, respectively, 91, 91 and 106 all out of 160 for an A. That translates to about 57% for an A in bio and phys and about 66% for Chemistry!! Im not sure if I`m dreaming or not. The difference between each grade is about 10 raw marks so scaling up to out of 300 marks in A2 we get (101/160)*300 for an A* in bio and physics which is 189 marks out of 300. In chem the corresponding value is 217.5 which is still quite low seeing as you can lose nearly 83 marks and still get an A*.I know my scaling up method isnt necessarily reliable as it depends on the paper but if people did that badly in AS then how badly will they do in AS and A2 content together?
    Predictions:
    Bio: A* is 68%
    Phys:A* is 65%
    Chem: A* is 75%

    thoughts?
    also be free to discuss other A-level grade boundaries as well
    source:https://qualifications.pearson.com/c...ndaries-V6.pdf
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    I mean… no one really cares about grade boundaries or tries predicting them till exam season because it's like a coping mechanism to tell yourself it's gonna be alright. So it's a little early…

    But they generally stay about the same and vary a few marks each year, nothing too major. With the new A-levels your performance at AS is only provisional, you have an extra year to learn it more and reinforce it with A2…. I find AS much easier after now having seen the A2 content it just makes more sense naturally
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    (Original post by zayn008)
    I mean… no one really cares about grade boundaries or tries predicting them till exam season because it's like a coping mechanism to tell yourself it's gonna be alright. So it's a little early…

    But they generally stay about the same and vary a few marks each year, nothing too major. With the new A-levels your performance at AS is only provisional, you have an extra year to learn it more and reinforce it with A2…. I find AS much easier after now having seen the A2 content it just makes more sense naturally
    Its not that its a coping mechanism for me, since im predicted to do quite well, its more of a sense of disbelief at the grade boundaries. I mean 56% for an A, you dont have to be good at a subject to get 56% at AS, kinda devalues the grade
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    Yh I agree I find it weird that last year you could SECURE a good grade with 60-70%. Fair enough we had an extra year but it doesn't change the fact that they wouldn't just put the grade boundaries like that if in the real a levels there were going to be way higher. As they were used for predicted grades to be used at uni so it's really confusing.
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    I think it's a new spec thing. I don't do sciences but the grade boundaries for my business exam (AQA) were also really low, although the English grade boundaries were 78% for an A.

    Edxcel grade boundaries for maths werre at the reasonable 80% = A, and the AS I did a couple of years ago for chemistry had pretty high grade boundaries.

    It's not necessarily that they're giving away more As as that's precisely what UMS scaling prevents, I think it's more to do with the fact that people can't practise past papers and such so aren't sure of what to expect, hence even really strong candidates end up getting C level grades so grade boundaries have to be put down.
 
 
 
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