Edexcel a level maths old spec grade boundaries Watch

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2019 is the last year that the old spec is hosting tests for edexcel maths - c1,C2,c3,c4, S1, M1 etc etc...

Most college/6th forms have started the new spec for pure maths this year, so only mainly retakes are doing the old spec. Does this mean that the grade boundaries will be significantly higher? Because grade boundaries are based off the performance of the whole country - but wouldn’t the whole country doing this test mainly consist of retakes who are likely to perform better than someone taking it for the first time?
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2019 is the last year that the old spec is hosting tests for edexcel maths - c1,C2,c3,c4, S1, M1 etc etc...

Most college/6th forms have started the new spec for pure maths this year, so only mainly retakes are doing the old spec. Does this mean that the grade boundaries will be significantly higher? Because grade boundaries are based off the performance of the whole country - but wouldn’t the whole country doing this test mainly consist of retakes who are likely to perform better than someone taking it for the first time?
For years Ive watched students guessing grade boundaries on tsr. 99.5 % of the time the guesses are completely wrong. It's even more difficult to guess what might happen with a new specification or the last sitting of an old one. To your point about the resit cohort, your theory that because they are resitting they will be better than compared to a normal mix of new candidates you could argue that if they were so great at maths why didn't they achieve their goal first time around? The most able students achieved their goal last year and are not taking these exams. A similar argument was used last year to say that since only further maths students took the new maths specification last year everyone would do well and the boundaries would be ridiculously high. It turned out for Edexcel at least that the boundaries were incredibly low. The examiners have loads of data available that enables them to set boundaries that fairly award the grades to the students taking exams. Their decisions will be carefully reviewed by exams regulators. I've no idea what will happen to them.
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