GCSE Results Day 2019 - Grade Boundaries

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Behold! The fate of your future lies in the positioning of these grade thresholds! Grade boundaries, come forth!

A grade boundary is the minimum mark at which a grade can be achieved. For example, if the grade boundary for a 6 is 60 marks, then 60 is the minimum mark at which a 6 can be achieved.

The grade boundaries are now released.

Your teachers, exam officers and head of centre (basically, your school's headmaster/headmistress) can see the grade boundaries (and other information) a day earlier (21 August, i.e. restricted release day) from 12.01 a.m., but only they can see them prior to the actual results day.

Links to the grade boundaries:
Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA):
AQA GCSE grade boundaries

Pearson Edexcel:
Edexcel GCSE grade boundaries

Oxford, Cambridge and RSA examinations (OCR):
OCR GCSE grade boundaries

WJEC Eduqas:
WJEC GCSE grade boundaries

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA):
CCEA GCSE grade boundaries

Cambridge International Examinations (CIE):
https://www.cambridgeinternational.o...eshold-tables/


AQA dispels a few common misconceptions regarding grade boundaries: https://www.aqa.org.uk/inside-exams-...ade-boundaries


How to respond when you're close to the next boundary:

This thread should help: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6063250

How are grade boundaries determined?
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TSR has an article on this, but I have further explanation below:

1. Prior to the awarding meeting where the boundaries are set (which includes senior examiners who have written the papers, the chief for the specification and the chair for the specification), 'rough' grade boundaries are set by looking at where the grade boundaries were last year, considering what percentage of students have got each mark this year and looking at the distribution of marks. This is all done after the current examination series has been sat by the candidates.

2. The meeting after the 'rough' boundaries is where the actual boundaries are set. At the meeting where grade boundaries are decided, senior examiners, along with the chief and the chair, select scripts around those proxy grade boundary marks that have been come up with beforehand.

3. They look at scripts on the boundary and in a five mark range around it, and then they declare whether they think the 'rough' mark that has been come up with is about right for the grade that we’re talking about. This is actually done for every single paper.

I've actually omitted quite a bit of information here, for more, you can listen to this podcast: https://www.aqa.org.uk/inside-exams-podcasts/episode-6
This podcast also expounds the setting of grade boundaries (while it is for A Level, these practices apply for GCSE as well. You should just replace the grade E and A boundaries with 1, 4 and 7): https://www.aqa.org.uk/inside-exams-podcasts/bonus-6
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The grade boundaries for WJEC specifications (both Eduqas and CBAC) will be available to the public from 8 a.m. on results day. This will apply to both linear qualifications (i.e. all Eduqas GCSEs and some CBAC subjects) and unitised specs which still use UMS.

Eduqas and CBAC linear GBs will appear here: https://www.wjec.co.uk/exam-officers...y=examOfficers
CBAC modular UMS GBs will appear here: https://www.wjecservices.co.uk/marktoums/ This app will also include the certificates in Latin and Additional Mathematics, as well the Level 2 Welsh Baccalaureate.
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Has anyone else seen AQA english literature grade 9 boundary??
That's tough......
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As if Edexcel have put the maths grade boundaries up again to 62% foundation.


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Let’s goooo
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The grade boundaries haven’t changed dramatically from what I’ve seen for AQA English
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Just feels high to me...yikes...
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(Original post by george2019)
As if Edexcel have put the maths grade boundaries up again to 62% foundation.


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Honestly, you can't take anything away from the grade boundaries and this definitely dosesn't mean you have failed! Stay calm and I'm sure you will have done amazing

You've got this!
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Can't find WJEC Food Prep & Nutrition or Spanish (higher) grade boundaries on the link. Anyone know what they are/where they will be? Interested to see how close I was to getting 8s in both.
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(Original post by the_devon_muser)
Can't find WJEC Food Prep & Nutrition or Spanish (higher) grade boundaries on the link. Anyone know what they are/where they will be? Interested to see how close I was to getting 8s in both.
I think Food Prep and Nutrition was taken under Eduqas (a branch of WJEC but has numbers not letters this year)? In which case the 8 boundary was 159

And for Spanish higher it was 158 for an 8
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How are you supposed to work out how close you are to the next boundary if most of the subjects don't show the mark you achieved?Also, has anyone else received their actual grade for OCR Creative Imedia? It just says a "Q" on my results.
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Apparently they only show your marks if you were close to a grade boundry
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(Original post by Taycamgame)
How are you supposed to work out how close you are to the next boundary if most of the subjects don't show the mark you achieved?Also, has anyone else received their actual grade for OCR Creative Imedia? It just says a "Q" on my results.
You need to contact your exams officers for any missing marks

Q means pending, which means they haven't got the marks for all the units they were expecting you to have, I would contact your exams officer about that one too.
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(Original post by Tsango_e)
Apparently they only show your marks if you were close to a grade boundry
Nope, they only show your marks on Edexcel and certain OCR qualifications
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(Original post by Lemur14)
Nope, they only show your marks on Edexcel and certain OCR qualifications
Also on all WJEC (CBAC and Eduqas) qualifications.
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Where are the AQA GCSE Further Maths grade boundaries? I believe they were put in with the iGCSE ones in previous years, but I can't find those at all for this year!
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(Original post by Lmb49)
Where are the AQA GCSE Further Maths grade boundaries? I believe they were put in with the iGCSE ones in previous years, but I can't find those at all for this year!
It’s not a GCSE, it should be under a list of “AQA Certificates” I believe
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Hi everyone, I just wanted to get some advice. So basically in English Lit I was absolutely certain that I would get a 9 because I came out of both the exams feeling so happy with them, I thought that they went amazing. All year I've been working about 2 - 5 marks off of a 9. Today I got an 8 and don't get me wrong that's amazing but I can't help but feel that my paper might have been marked wrong due to the subjective marking this year. Do you think that I should get it remarked. I'm 11 marks from the 9 and I'm with AQA.
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(Original post by ACataaa)
Hi everyone, I just wanted to get some advice. So basically in English Lit I was absolutely certain that I would get a 9 because I came out of both the exams feeling so happy with them, I thought that they went amazing. All year I've been working about 2 - 5 marks off of a 9. Today I got an 8 and don't get me wrong that's amazing but I can't help but feel that my paper might have been marked wrong due to the subjective marking this year. Do you think that I should get it remarked. I'm 11 marks from the 9 and I'm with AQA.
Go for it! There’s no harm in it, also there’s been reports of students getting 5s and getting a remark, and ending up with 7s!
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(Original post by jduxie4414)
It’s not a GCSE, it should be under a list of “AQA Certificates” I believe
Thanks! pujtting that in search helped. Found it under iGCSE file again if anyone needs it
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