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2Girls2Souls Fri 10-Jun-16 18:56:35

Anyone has any idea what 70% in Maths Exam could mean ?
DD said it was a very hard exam ( 2 parts ) and she got 70% ( both parts combined ) but not sure what it really means for her level .
She does well in Maths but said this exam was very very hard ( same comments from other girls ) and she feels slightly disappointed not to score higher but I am sure 70% out of 100% is not that bad , right ?

PonderingProsecco Fri 10-Jun-16 19:03:32

No idea what it means but 70% sounds pretty respectable to me!!

PurpleDaisies Fri 10-Jun-16 19:05:33

Totally depends on what exam it was! Do you have a parents' evening coming up where you can discuss how your daughter is doing? Could your daughter ask the teacher if that's a good mark?

2Girls2Souls Fri 10-Jun-16 19:11:58

PonderingProsecco I think so too , hope it is smile

PurpleDaisies we had parents evening just about a months ago and she is doing really well in Maths , they will be divided into ability groups in year 8 and she really wants to be in the top one but the mark 70% has given her doubts , I said the same thing that she should talk to her teacher and ask whether she did well or no .
Thank you .

TeenAndTween Fri 10-Jun-16 19:49:19

The only way she can tell is to know the range of marks and where she is in quartiles.

So range 100-65, she is likely to be in the bottom quartile.
Range 75-40, she is likely to be in the top quartile.

I always ask my DD about range of marks in class as it is the only way we have of knowing whether her mark was OK or not (until it gets to GCSE level when they mark in GCSE grades).

amidawish Sun 12-Jun-16 10:16:03

i really wish they would put the range of marks in the class on the paper. there is no way of knowing if 70% is a good mark or not because it's all relative.
Generally i think 70% is a good (but not excellent) mark. of course if it was a nightmare paper and the highest mark was 70% then it is excellent.

Vevvie Sun 12-Jun-16 11:45:16

Our school used basic GCSE questions for end of Y7 exams, consolidating everything they'd learned throughout the year.

bojorojo Sun 12-Jun-16 11:55:54

Quartiles can vary widely from year to year depending on the ability of the cohort. A child can be in the top quartile in a weak year but not be in that quartile in a very strong year. I think that the curriculum has become more challenging and the exam no doubt reflected this. KS 2 was still the old curriculum when she took Sats so she will be catching up. In future, it will also be more difficult to get the top grades at GCSE. All of this is new and the only way to work out if she is on track for where she wants to be, is to ask the teachers.

My DD was "demoted" to a lower set and it was the best thing. She was near the top of that set, gained in confidence and, best of all, got the best teacher. I really was thrilled that she got a B. I doubted she would get a C and worried she would get a D. Therefore do remember that teaching quality is really, really important, not just percentages in exams.

If other children have done better, so be it. In another test, the positions may be reversed. I think schools make decisions on overall performance, not just one test. It was the same for all the pupils, so just ask what she could improve upon and go from there. In my view it is nothing to worry about.

nicp123 Sun 12-Jun-16 12:19:58

Are you talking about the 'Maths Challenge' Exam?

originalmavis Sun 12-Jun-16 12:21:41

Do they tell you the average mark and range?

MaQueen Sun 12-Jun-16 16:21:16

At our DD's grammar school, you need to get a 7.9 at the end of Yr 7 in order to get into the Maths top set for Yr 8 and beyond.

DD2 is predicted a 7.9 for maths at the end if Yr 7 and routinely scores well over 90% in their regular maths tests/homework.

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