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is around 80% roughly an A in AS/A2?? I keep taking practice AS exams and get 65-76% which the teacher says would be an A :confused:
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(Original post by saiyamana)
is around 80% roughly an A in AS/A2?? I keep taking practice AS exams and get 65-76% which the teacher says would be an A :confused:
depends what exam ur doing, if its politics an A can be as 'low' as 60/100(although it is quite hard to score this mark) for english an average of 68-72% would get an A, however for say maths it could be as high (and indeed it was) as 89% to scrape an A in P1 it depends
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maths it could be as high (and indeed it was) as 89% to scrape an A in P1 it depends

**cries** looks like i've failed Maths then
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It depends on how everyone does in the exam that year. For example if lots of people do well then the grade boundaries are raised.
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**cries** looks like i've failed Maths then
It also depends what board you're doing as for OCR/MEI most of the A grade boundaries for the practise papers I did for the earlier modules last were around 80%, maybe even a bit lower in some. In P1 they seemed to range from about 44/60 (on a particularly tough paper) to 50/60. I don't think I came across any higher than that. But yeah, maths grade boundaries are generally high. If you're doing Physics, they are fairly low. I think it's about 70% for an A in most AS papers.
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to get an a the ums percentage must be 80%
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for psychology aqa specification A

At AS you need 70% UMS

most a levels are 80% ums though.
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for psychology aqa specification A

At AS you need 70% UMS

most a levels are 80% ums though.
what's the meaning of UMS?
Does it mean that if I can get 80% of full socre of that paper, then I shall get an A in it?

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UMS = Unit maximum score (or something like that!!)
Every single A-level is 240 UMS marks = an A
That's the point of UMS - they standardise marks. That's why if you take a paper with 120 marks and a paper with 90 marks then they are both marked out of 100 ums. (That's why all A-levels are out of 600) It standardises everything, so e.g. for a really hard English paper 92-100/100 = 100 UMS, but then for a maths paper it's more like 59-60/60 = 100 UMS.

You need to be looking at about 80%... it's a bit different between subjects, but 80% is the UMS u need for an A.
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It actually depends on the boundary mark to be honest. In most cases, 80% and above is an A.
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for psychology aqa specification A

At AS you need 70% UMS

most a levels are 80% ums though.
That's wrong. It's 80% UMS (240/300) for EVERY subject at AS to get an A. Including Psychology.
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It actually depends on the boundary mark to be honest. In most cases, 80% and above is an A.
It really does depend on the subject though. For example, an A in Politics would be about 60%-65%, whilst Maths modules can vary from about 70% to 90%! The grade boundaries also sometimes change quite a bit each year so there's no point in trying to speculate what they will be.
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Im sorry but everyone here is completely Wrong.

The examiners write up a paper then have a meeting with each other and decide how difficult the paper is. They have in mind how many will get A's,B's,C's ETC. Then they set the grade boundaries for each grade.

The reason they do this is to standardise modules. Since introduction of modular A levels people often do resits but the papers difficulty varies slightly however the performance required to get an A is always the same.

For example in Maths they may think one paper is very hard so an A is 42/60. But the resit exam in the summer is much easier so set the boundaries as 48/60. if you scored a 42 in the first you would achieve 80 UMS. If you achieved 48 in resit you would get 80 UMS. It would be unfair to give someone more UMS for getting more marks on a paper that was significantly easier.

I hope you can understand what I am saying
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Eh, well they try to set the exams to the same standard each year. They can only really tell the difficulty of it after they get the results back after everyone has taken it.
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