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A Level results

Posted: 15:58 14 Aug 2019
by pilgrimage
So in order to get an A grade in maths you have get 55%. This is beyond belief.

Re: A Level results

Posted: 16:13 14 Aug 2019
by Willis88
Sure someone can correct me if I'm wrong but in effect they want certain proportions of people getting each grade.

So 55% would suggest across the board overall scores were low, they then adjust the required mark to ensure a required number of people get A.

Their argument being it suggests the exam was harder than those before.

Re: A Level results

Posted: 17:47 14 Aug 2019
by pilgrimage
Willis88 wrote: Sure someone can correct me if I'm wrong but in effect they want certain proportions of people getting each grade.

So 55% would suggest across the board overall scores were low, they then adjust the required mark to ensure a required number of people get A.

Their argument being it suggests the exam was harder than those before.


Or that the students aren't good enough or that university places need to be filled.

Re: A Level results

Posted: 18:11 14 Aug 2019
by Frank_Butcher
Too binary to be taken at face value. Pass thresholds are only calculated after submission as I understand it - this allows them to determine the dificulty level in any given year.

Re: A Level results

Posted: 18:25 14 Aug 2019
by Ham Green
Ex-teacher here, so I can offer a little bit of insight.

Yes indeed, there is a difficulty coefficient that allows for this scenario. Some years the exam is a bit of a bitch, some years it's not so bad. A 55% threshold for an A grade would suggest a particularly difficult year. Kids and teachers alike will have had access to past papers so the comparison is easily made. They're available to the public too, so if anyone thinks the exams are "getting easier" then go and see for yourself. Here's a copy of the Maths A-Level from 1970. See how it grabs you.

My own experience with A-Levels involves a U in Maths (you'll be relieved to hear I taught Computer Science), so I must have had the question paper upside down.

Re: A Level results

Posted: 10:16 15 Aug 2019
by Pogleswoody
55% for an A Grade!??
You'd expect someone to score at least half to get an A surely!! :furious:

:oops: :coat:

Re: A Level results

Posted: 20:16 15 Aug 2019
by Jon Watts
Apparently the A-level maths syllabus and exam format has changed this year. So the teachers weren't that familiar with exactly what they were teaching, nor with what the exams would inclide. Some of the new syllabus was previously not covered until university - so the bar has been raised. Plus, there were effectively no past papers, and the sample papers provided by the exam boards proved extremely difficult, with even the most able students scoring low marks in their mocks.

It's not a case of students being less academically able than in previous years. The syllabus was extended, the exam was more difficult, and students were less able to prepare specifically for the exam. Consequently the grade boundaries were lower this year, compared to previous years.

Re: A Level results

Posted: 22:38 15 Aug 2019
by pilgrimage
Previous years results have marked based quite highly on their term work. However they now have to take a written test to show their knowledge. However this change seems to have shown that their knowledge is not what it should be. However they have passed anyway.
When you can get a C pass for getting 14% in maths it is beyond belief.