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Hi, first ever post Wooo!

just wondering, does anybody have any idea how the grade for higher english is actually worked out?

I know how the individual papers are marked but what about the final grade/?

Thank you =]
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You have to do two essays. You will get two marks out of 25 which are added together
Also two close readings, also marks out of 25

Add the two essay marks to the two close reading marks and you have your percentage (cos it's out of 100)

Then the threshold for A, B, C and D are worked out from how difficult the paper is and you get a grade depending on wether it's over that

last year it was

63% - A
54% - B
46% - C
42% - D

Although i think that was a particularly tough paper because those grades seem a bit low (english is usually lower than most subjects though)
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I feel quite stupid now, I got a B last year. Can't believe the cut offs are so low.
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(Original post by aquamarinee)
I feel quite stupid now, I got a B last year. Can't believe the cut offs are so low.
Don't feel stupid, English is a lot harder than most highers (seems the consensus in my school but i suppose it's opinion) and a B is definitely not a bad mark.
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English is the hardest subject to do which is why the cut off points are so low.

I'd be ecstatic wit a B
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Thanks lot =]

that's how I hoped it was worked out cause i'm really good at close reading and really crap at the essays lol

Got an A in the prelim though so fingers crossed =]
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If you got an A in the prelim i wouldn't worry, just keep up the work and you should be looking at the same for the final exam
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(Original post by aquamarinee)
I feel quite stupid now, I got a B last year. Can't believe the cut offs are so low.

I know exactly how you feel.

I was a qhizz at the essays but struggled with the close reading, and with low percentages like that I bloody well should have got an A!!

I think I'll be bitter about it forever. My mark breakdown showed I was actually only 2 marks off a B.

Man, that killed me.
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That's really unlucky
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(Original post by Meteorshower)
You have to do two essays. You will get two marks out of 25 which are added together
Also two close readings, also marks out of 25

Add the two essay marks to the two close reading marks and you have your percentage (cos it's out of 100)

Then the threshold for A, B, C and D are worked out from how difficult the paper is and you get a grade depending on wether it's over that

last year it was

63% - A
54% - B
46% - C
42% - D

Although i think that was a particularly tough paper because those grades seem a bit low (english is usually lower than most subjects though)
were those the boundaries? that makes my A band 1 look ****e :embarasse
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A band 1's can never look ****e XD
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woops, i meant 2 marks off an a A
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an "upper A" (I presume = Band 1) was only 70% in last year's higher english!!!
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Has the cut-off ever actually been at 70% or above in the exam in recent years?

I got 83% in the prelim but i am so scared about thursday. My good prelim was due to 2 amazing questions.

What am i supposed to do if there are no questions i can answer???

Good luck everyone
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Has the cut-off ever actually been at 70% or above in the exam in recent years?

I got 83% in the prelim but i am so scared about thursday. My good prelim was due to 2 amazing questions.

What am i supposed to do if there are no questions i can answer???

Good luck everyone
No, 65% is the highest since changes to the course i think.

I am in the same boat as you, got 80% but i reckon it was very circumstancial and worried i can't repeat it. And i'm worse at close readings now
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I think my prelim essay grade were good, hopefully will e able to pull that off tomorrow.

Tomorrow!
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I'm beginning to see why the grades are so low XD This much horribleness has to be countered by something
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(Original post by Meteorshower)
I'm beginning to see why the grades are so low XD This much horribleness has to be countered by something
Me too.

I've figured if I can get 25 on my close reading and 16 for each of my essays that should be a B
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^ That's the kind of marks I am going for as well. I have never had higher than 16 in an essay before. My teacher says he is a strict marker but it still worries me. Anyone have any good essay tips?
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Well for the last while my essays have been 20/21s so I hope I can pull that off again and I know I can get about 32/33 in the close reading so Hopefully a high B
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