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    A friend and I are having a debate. Is it statistical (i.e. the top 5% of students for that exam get an A*) or is it marks( i.e 185/200 for an A*)? Or something else?
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    A friend and I are having a debate. Is it statistical (i.e. the top 5% of students for that exam get an A*) or is it marks( i.e 185/200 for an A*)? Or something else?
    I think it's both

    I.e. you can't get an A* in one exam, but you can get one overall. And the top ~5% of candidates are awarded an A*, obviously though a lot of people will get the same marks, so it might be a bit more or a bit less.
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    A friend and I are having a debate. Is it statistical (i.e. the top 5% of students for that exam get an A*) or is it marks( i.e 185/200 for an A*)? Or something else?
    I wouldn't get too tied-up in knots about this. Just do the very best you can.

    After all if you are comparing with "old" A-levels were you needed, say, 90% in the A2 to get the A* it was still a statistically adjusted UMS not a straightforward 90/100 raw marks.

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    I think it's both I.e. you can't get an A* in one exam, but you can get one overall. And the top ~5% of candidates are awarded an A*, obviously though a lot of people will get the same marks, so it might be a bit more or a bit less.
    The "5%" will almost certainly vary by subject. Approx 5% of History students got an A* in 2016 but for Physics it was nearer 9%, and Economics 7%. Maths is 17% (yeah I know it's still unreformed, but just to highlight the variances).
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    (Original post by jneill)
    I wouldn't get too tied-up in knots about this. Just do the very best you can.

    After all if you are comparing with "old" A-levels were you needed, say, 90% in the A2 to get the A* it was still a statistically adjusted UMS not a straightforward 90/100 raw marks.



    The "5%" will almost certainly vary by subject. Approx 5% of History students got an A* in 2016 but for Physics it was nearer 9%, and Economics 7%. Maths is 17% (yeah I know it's still unreformed, but just to highlight the variances).
    I'm not getting too tied up don't worry, I'm just genuinely curious. Nobody has explained it so I'm wondering how it'll work, or if there are any ideas out there about how it'll work.
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    I'm not getting too tied up don't worry, I'm just genuinely curious. Nobody has explained it so I'm wondering how it'll work, or if there are any ideas out there about how it'll work.
    Tagging some exams experts - please see the OP above.
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    Supplementary question to the experts - will they keep the percentages of candidates per subject gaining each grade roughly in line with 2016?
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    Tagging some exams experts - please see the OP above.
    Compost Muttley79 gdunne42

    Supplementary question to the experts - will they keep the percentages of candidates gaining each grade per subject roughly in line with 2016?
    Thanks as always jneill :hat2:
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    Thanks as always jneill :hat2:
    FYI: http://www.bstubbs.co.uk/a-lev.htm
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    Those stats are interesting but not comforting
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    (Original post by SteamboatMickey)
    Thanks as always jneill :hat2:
    I haven't seen any statement about this yet.

    To be honest our focus at the moment is the new GCSE where we do know the proportion of 7+ will be in line with the old A grade and above.

    I'll look and see if I can find something.
 
 
 
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