Grade boundaries and UMS converter tool
GCSE Geography A grade boundaries, summer 2013
GCSE Geography B grade boundaries, summer 2013
International GCSE Geography grade boundaries, summer 2013
GCE AS / A level grade boundaries, summer 2013
Download GCE AS / A level grade boundaries, summer 2013
Our mark converter
Download our UMS mark converter tool to convert UMS marks to raw marks and vice versa.
We hope that the mark converter tool will be useful to teachers and students in the following ways:
- to convert UMS marks to raw marks on results day
- to convert teacher-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when teachers are marking mock exams using past papers
- to convert self-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when students are revising for future exams using past papers.
What are UMS marks and why do we use them?
Grade boundaries are set using raw marks (the actual paper marks).
Raw mark boundaries change from series to series since exam papers can perform differently from year to year, depending on the tasks set. We're also required to review controlled assessment grade boundaries in each series to ensure standards are maintained.
Even though raw mark boundaries can vary, we have to ensure that the standard required to gain a particular unit score is the same from exam series to exam series.
The uniform mark scale is therefore used to convert students' raw marks to uniform marks. This is done to standardise the marks between different units and from year to year.
So, even though the raw mark boundaries may change, the uniform mark for each grade boundary remains the same for all examinations.
How do UMS marks contribute to the overall GCSE or A level grade?
After a student has been awarded a result, their uniform mark will be recorded in our system until their teacher requests the overall grade to be calculated and certified (cashed in).
You can find tables showing the minimum uniform marks required for each grade at unit level and at qualification level in the relevant specification.
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