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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) 

noncalculator
paper 

calculator
paper 









GRADE A* 

75% 

85% 









GRADE A 

56% 

65% 
















EDEXCEL
INTERMEDIATE GCSE MATHS
(2005, 2006) 

noncalculator
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 noncalculator paper boundaries.
Either the noncalculator 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 noncalculator paper and approx 92% on the calculator paper.
GRADE A: approx 62% on the noncalculator 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 noncalculator paper boundaries.
Either the noncalculator 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 noncalculator paper and approx 80% on the calculator paper.
GRADE C: approx 54% on the noncalculator paper and approx 60% on the calculator paper.










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