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    I don't understand.
    I go to a grammar school and we took our mocks.
    We did the edexcel HIGHER specimen papers and they were so difficult. For a grammar school a grade 7 ( an A) was 54% which is absolutely ridiculous and so I want to know how other people are doing and what they got if you have done the same paper because just how low could the actual grade boundaries get...?
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    (Original post by DASDW213)
    I don't understand.
    I go to a grammar school and we took our mocks.
    We did the edexcel HIGHER specimen papers and they were so difficult. For a grammar school a grade 7 ( an A) was 54% which is absolutely ridiculous and so I want to know how other people are doing and what they got if you have done the same paper because just how low could the actual grade boundaries get...?
    The grade boundaries move up and down every year based on previous results.
    If last years results were very high, it looks like the exam was easy so the boundaries increase for next year and if people don't do as well, it decreases again to try and create some balance

    If its high for you, then you got unlucky lol
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    Wtf yours is so low.
    For us, it's like 70 for a 7.
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    Hi, I go to a state school and I took my mocks a few months ago. I also do Edexcel Higher Maths, and the papers were horrific. Everyone who also did it also agreed with me.
    The grade boundary for a 7 in my school was 60%. Obviously, nobody knows if the grade boundaries we receive for the mocks are exact as no one knows what the grade boundaries will be, so I'm just going to concentrate on improving my actual marks, rather than focussing on the grades because I don't think that the mock grades are a real representation, however the marks are.
    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by DASDW213)
    I don't understand.
    I go to a grammar school and we took our mocks.
    We did the edexcel HIGHER specimen papers and they were so difficult. For a grammar school a grade 7 ( an A) was 54% which is absolutely ridiculous and so I want to know how other people are doing and what they got if you have done the same paper because just how low could the actual grade boundaries get...?
    That sounds reasonable to me. 50% of the paper tests grades 4, 5 and 6 and 50% of the paper tests grades 7, 8 and 9. You are not expected to get everything correct so half marks for a 7 is in the right ballpark. No-one will know for sure until August of course.
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    (Original post by FLORA2001)
    Obviously, nobody knows if the grade boundaries we receive for the mocks are exact as no one knows what the grade boundaries will be, so I'm just going to concentrate on improving my actual marks
    Very sensible.
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    (Original post by Carthaginian)
    Wtf yours is so low.
    For us, it's like 70 for a 7.
    Sounds like your teacher isn't very well-informed!
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    (Original post by Mr M)
    Sounds like your teacher isn't very well-informed!
    Surely wasn't.
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    (Original post by Carthaginian)
    Surely wasn't.
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    35% for a 4 is daft as these papers are clearly more difficult than the previous specification and you didn't often need 35% for a C in the past (Ofqual are promising the percentage who get a 4 and above will be the same as the percentage who got a C and above in 2016 all things being equal).
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    At my school a 7 was 60% but only a handful of people in the top set actually got a 7 which has sent the maths department into a massive panic. I'm in bottom set higher tier (Maths is really not my strong point) But I got a 4 with a few others and only a couple of people in my class got a 5 whilst the rest failed!

    The papers were SO hard but seeing that other schools are also struggling makes me think that they'll lower the grade boundaries more than they usually would.
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    (Original post by Carthaginian)
    Surely wasn't.
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    Very unlikely that this will be the grade boundaries.
    Realistically, it should be 150 for a 7, 180 for a 8, 210 for a 9.
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    (Original post by FLORA2001)
    Hi, I go to a state school and I took my mocks a few months ago. I also do Edexcel Higher Maths, and the papers were horrific. Everyone who also did it also agreed with me.
    The grade boundary for a 7 in my school was 60%. Obviously, nobody knows if the grade boundaries we receive for the mocks are exact as no one knows what the grade boundaries will be, so I'm just going to concentrate on improving my actual marks, rather than focussing on the grades because I don't think that the mock grades are a real representation, however the marks are.
    Hope this helps
    This is definitely one of the best bits of advice I've ever seen on TSR

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    (Original post by Carthaginian)
    Surely wasn't.
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    Am I reading this correct? This is a Set 1 class where everyone except one person received a U in their mocks?
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    (Original post by notnek)
    Am I reading this correct? This is a Set 1 class where everyone except one person received a U in their mocks?
    Correct. Sets lower than ours had grades higher than the ones we had.
    Our ofsted scores are very low, and rank really low as a school in the town. However, we haven't really studied a lot of the full specification of edexcel maths (as many people currently doing their mocks have), and if people don't get at least a scale 4 in the next mocks (in march), they're doing foundation automatically.
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    (Original post by Carthaginian)
    Surely wasn't.
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    Wow that's high boi
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    Haha just seen this now, thanks!
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    This is definitely one of the best bits of advice I've ever seen on TSR

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    35% For a 4 come on, this cannot be right... Especially with them rocket science type questions.
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      everything is wrong with it
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      The new spec maths GCSE in Wales resulted in only 46% of people passing GCSE Maths, when prior, it was around 65%.
      First results in new-look maths GCSEs in Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-38676729

      RIP Y11

      Note: Wales still use the A*-U system, but have made achieving each grade harder
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      (Original post by imzeman)
      35% For a 4 come on, this cannot be right... Especially with them rocket science type questions.
      One school local to me has set the 4 boundary at 18% for the same papers.

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