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poppydoppy Mon 06-May-13 08:20:45

I am totally shocked to see what the GCSE grade boundaries are in core GCSE subjects. For example in physics students only have to get 33% to get an A*, Chemistry 39% and English lit 49%

Are other exam boards like IGCSE and IB the same?

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 06-May-13 18:01:28

Oh, that's even more cool as a song reference!!

notfluffy Mon 06-May-13 11:09:49

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iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Mon 06-May-13 10:19:26

grin It's actually the first line (word) of The Power Of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. (Possibly with some extra i's , I didn't count)

I can change the number of i's if I want to make my comments unsearchable

seeker Mon 06-May-13 10:17:50

"And have a from DD1 and the girls at her super selective who worked bloody hard last year to get those "easy" A/A*s."

Why did they have to work specially hard because they are at a super selective? I would have though being in the top 2-5% often population would have made the A/A*s a doddle. Or is it only at comprehensives known to the Daily Mail where A*s are handed out like confetti?

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 06-May-13 10:12:04

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii your name always sets me off on a Jim Diamond classic!!

lilolilmanchester Mon 06-May-13 09:31:10

nice apology notfluffy... sod the group hug, let's have a conciliatory wine (well it is a Bank Holiday!)

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Mon 06-May-13 09:15:54

Time for a group hug everyone grin

notfluffy Mon 06-May-13 09:03:03

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ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 06-May-13 08:48:58

It's not just old threads, it's the Government and the press. Your post is bearing the brunt of a lot of rubbish spouted out there by people who really don't understand the realities.

Well done on your dd doing well without much effort btw.

poppydoppy Mon 06-May-13 08:43:19

My DD is currently doing GCSEs and has got A* in all her mocks so far without too much revision, when I saw the grade boundaries I wrongly assumed it was a % mark. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I don't post on here often so Ive not seen the old threads on this topic.

annh Mon 06-May-13 08:42:00

There's no superior intelligence involved - the OPs statement about grade boundaries is so obviously incorrect that a second glance at the figures would have shown that and been warranted before posting.

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 06-May-13 08:40:22


ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 06-May-13 08:39:52

Must be all a matter of perspective [ grin]

ShipwreckedAndComatose Mon 06-May-13 08:38:47

I didn't read that as boasting but exasperation at the reality that students do have to work bloody hard for their grade and that it is frustrating to read the constant doing down of the exam system...often based on mis-information like that found in the opening post.

poppydoppy Mon 06-May-13 08:38:09

Thank, lilolilmanchester some people are very touchy this morning LOL

notfluffy Mon 06-May-13 08:36:45

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lilolilmanchester Mon 06-May-13 08:35:15

blimey annh and notfluffy, the OP made a mistake, which we all realised... Your superior intelligence hasn't made you very nice people.

lilolilmanchester Mon 06-May-13 08:32:30

I posted before you posted link :-)

Notfluffy, how nasty and unhelpful. Run off and boast about your girls somewhere else.

annh Mon 06-May-13 08:31:52

Suspect the Daily Fail apply the same level of care and attention as the OP to some of their pronouncements on education .....

olivevoir58 Mon 06-May-13 08:31:47

Not sure which exam board you are looking at as this certainly isnt the case for edexcel. Grade boundaries for chemistry at A* are about 44/60 (73%) per unit. Wow I wish your grade boundaries were the right ones as my dd would be an A* student (along with 90% of the population)

notfluffy Mon 06-May-13 08:31:46

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poppydoppy Mon 06-May-13 08:28:42

OK, Ive just looked again and the marks are out of 60 therefore not a % mark. Phew.

lilolilmanchester Mon 06-May-13 08:27:45

I suspect OP hasn't read source correctly... and they were referring to the actual marks not the %

poppydoppy Mon 06-May-13 08:26:58

Sorry if it bores you notfluffy, perhaps you should look at another thread instead!

notfluffy Mon 06-May-13 08:26:19

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