I just sat my higher (A level equivalent) maths prelim today and it went really badly, there's a very slim chance I've passed at best (:
I got an A at N5 (GCSE equivalent) but I've been really struggling with higher... I can retake it next year but I really don't want to, I hate the subject and the teacher aha
I'd be really happy with a B in the final, for the prelim I'm guessing 40-55% though, how common would you say it is for a jump in grades like that?
Thanks in advance x
Long story short it is very dependent on your school and the prelim they gave you
At my school they made the prelims harder than the final exam so people almost always did better. Plus people improve anyway (regardless of the prelim difficulty). Ask your teachers how comparable it is to the final exam- if it is similar in difficulty then there is still time to improve
there was some research done into this like 4 years ago, can't remember where but people were found to have gone up a band from their prelim with the same amount of revision done for their prelim as the final exam.
So if you got a Band 6(low C) = Band 5(high C) or if you got a Band 3(high B) = Band 2(low A).
obviously uni's don't care about this stuff it's just for the SQA to have their ratios right, bell curve ect ect
Not sure how much evidence there is for the going up a band thing mentioned above, as a prelim covering 2/3rds of the course vs an exam covering the entire thing (+ coursework, if the mentioned research was done for a range of subjects) is not really a fair comparison...Anyways, point I'm trying to get at is don't feel like you're limited to only moving up one band- people can move up several grades. Yep, they need to work hard for it, but it can and does happen.
on the whole, yes you probably will move up, and I think your goal is achievable and realistic.
I’ve always been told that people go up, on average, by around 10% or one grade band. However this isn’t a rule and, with revision and hard work you could make it up much higher. Also, if you neglected it then there’s every chance you could go down, so don’t get comfortable!
There’s also the chance the prelim is a more difficult paper than your exam will be, either by pure chance or on purpose as many schools deliberately make their prelims trickier.
You also need to remember that you only know a portion of the information at the moment, and won’t have been as well practiced as you will be come exam time. In May you’ll also have enjoyed the benefit of study leave and more time to revise beforehand as well.
In short, prelims tend to be a little worse than the final exam, and most people do go up, but you shouldn’t let that knowledge lure you into a sense of security. You won’t go up a grade unless you keep on, and maybe even improve and increase your studying and revision. Good luck!
Yeah I definitely agree that you’re revision should be either maintained or increased but- don’t start to stress about that now. Exams are still a fair few months away so I were you I would keep relaxed with regular revision (maybe 3/4 hours per weekend) and then in a month or so start to revise much more regularly.
Partly because you haven’t learnt enough of the course yet to actually revise effectively and do full past papers but also for your mental health.