GCSE Results Day 2018 - Grade Boundaries Watch

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Hi all! I took my GCSEs this year so I'm feeling just as nervous as you lot for results day! This year the majority of subjects had the new grading system for the first time apart from maths and English Literature and Language.

subjects that have the new grade 9-1 system for the first time are:
Ancient Languages (classical Greek and Latin)
Art and Design
Biology
Chemistry
Citizenship
Combined Science (Double Award)
Computer Science
Drama
Dance
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Geography
History
Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish)
Music
Physics
Physical Education
Religious Studies

Subjects not listed above will be graded with the A*-G system (eg. business).

Grade boundaries are essentially the minimum marks you need to achieve a certain grade. They usually change a little each year depending on paper difficulty and overall performance of students on said paper.

What do these grades mean?
4 is considered a 'standard' pass, 5 a 'strong' pass. Most colleges and sixth forms right now will consider 4 as a pass.

In the old grading system, the top grades were A and A*; for the numerical system there are now three top grades - 7, 8 and 9. This means that less people will receive 9s compared to the number that were awarded A*.

What you do if you're close to the next boundary:
There's something called reviews of marking instead of remarks now. This is where the senior examiner will look at how the previous examiner marked the paper and decide whether your original mark is fair and consistent. If they think it's fair your mark won't be changed; a new mark will be given if they think otherwise.

However you should take into consideration:
Reviews of marking can be expensive.
Your mark could go down or stay the same.

So consider whether you really want/need the paper to be reviewed. You can look at the retake/remark thread for more info!

Good luck for results day y'all and remember it's not the end of the world if you don't do as well as you hoped; you still should be very proud















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136 seems high to me. Last year it was 122. Was the maths paper easy or something? AQA is 124.
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Results are already out
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(Original post by qwertyK)
136 seems high to me. Last year it was 122. Was the maths paper easy or something? AQA is 124.
More like last year was generally harder because teachers were doing this for the first time, students had less papers to practice with etc. English and Maths boundaries were expected to go up across the board since it's no longer the guinea pig year for those GCSE subjects.
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