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GCSE MATHS GRADE BOUNDARIES

It is important to know the approximate mark you will need to get your particular grade.

(AQA does not release the actual raw marks needed for particular grades, they release 'scaled marks' , so we are using Edexcel raw marks here.

Edexcel is the most taken GCSE Maths exam, & the marks are likely to be very similar for other exam boards. )

EDEXCEL
HIGHER GCSE MATHS
(2005, 2006)
non-calculator
paper
calculator
paper
GRADE A* 75% 85%
GRADE A 56% 65%



EDEXCEL
INTERMEDIATE GCSE MATHS
(2005, 2006)
non-calculator
paper
calculator
paper
GRADE B 68% 72%
GRADE C 47% 53%


GRADE A & GRADE A* (HIGHER TIER) CONCLUSIONS

The calculator paper boundaries have been consistently 10% higher than the non-calculator paper boundaries.

Either the non-calculator papers have been harder than the calculator papers, or the calculator papers have been easier for the candidates.

Each of these papers was out of 100 marks, and on average there are 20 questions on the paper.

So to get an A* you can only get 3 questions wrong on the calculator paper!

Allowing for 'slippage' in the exam you should be practising to get:

GRADE A*: approx 82% on the non-calculator paper and approx 92% on the calculator paper.

GRADE A: approx 62% on the non-calculator paper and approx 72% on the calculator paper.


GRADE B & GRADE C (INTERMEDIATE TIER) CONCLUSIONS

The calculator paper boundaries have been consistently 4%-6% higher than the non-calculator paper boundaries.

Either the non-calculator papers have been found to be slightly harder than the calculator papers, or the calculator papers have been found to be slightly easier for the candidates.

Allowing for 'slippage' in the exam you should be practising to get:

GRADE B: approx 75% on the non-calculator paper and approx 80% on the calculator paper.

GRADE C: approx 54% on the non-calculator paper and approx 60% on the calculator paper.

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