Grade boundaries and UMS converter tool

Wed Aug 21 10:21:00 UTC 2013

GCSE Geography A grade boundaries, summer 2013 

GCSE Geography A grade boundaries, summer 2013

Download GCSE Geography A grade boundaries, summer 2013

GCSE Geography B grade boundaries, summer 2013 

GCSE Geography B grade boundaries, summer 2013

Download GCSE Geography B grade boundaries, summer 2013

International GCSE Geography grade boundaries, summer 2013 

International GCSE Geography grade boundaries, summer 2013

Download International GCSE Geography grade boundaries, summer 2013

GCE AS / A level grade boundaries, summer 2013 

GCE Geography grade boundaries summer 2013

Download GCE AS / A level grade boundaries, summer 2013

Understanding UMS

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.
Mark converter

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.

Download detailed subject-specific UMS mark guidance for GCSE Geography

Download detailed subject-specific UMS mark guidance for A level Geography

Jon Wolton
Geography Subject Advisor
TeachingGeography@pearson.com  

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