How can they be lower? Doesn't everyone have access to a CGP revision guide which covers the whole spec for every subject? Can't someone just learn the specification as well? It's not exactly like we're in the dark. In fact, all someone has to do is cram the CGP guide word for word and technically they could get 100%. If everyone does that then that means the grade boundaries will be higher, right?
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Why is everyone talking about grade boundaries being lower this year? watch
- Thread Starter
- 07-03-2018 20:30
- 07-03-2018 21:01
It's not just the specification (which of course includes more complicated concepts and more content overall to understand, to begin with) that changes, but it's also the type of questions that change as well. Especially in subjects like science, you'll notice the types and weighting of questions on the specimen papers differ heavily from past papers.
When changes happen like the ones we're going through this year, the teachers can't predict exactly what to expect. It's impossible to cover every version of a question that can be asked, and it's even harder when the teachers can't predict the most likely types. Students therefore go into the exam with more uncertainty and therefore, the chance that they hit a question that they aren't really prepared for having not seen anything like it, increases. Marks fall for everyone, and therefore grade boundaries fall.
TL;DR- New spec also equals new/different types of question. DIfferent types of question increases the likelihood of students not expecting them, therefore marks fall and grade boundaries fall.
- 07-03-2018 21:03
What are you talking about? By your logic, why doesn't everyone get 100% then? Are you going to get 100%?
There are lots of factors determining someone's grade, not just access to a spec and revision guide. If people are doing worse on average then the boundaries are lower.