UMS guidance

Tue Oct 07 11:33:00 UTC 2014

Do you need help understanding UMS marks? From results day, you'll be able to download our mark converter tool to convert UMS marks to raw marks, and vice versa. 

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Our mark converter tool has been designed to help teachers and students to:

  • convert UMS marks to raw marks on results day
  • convert teacher-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when teachers are marking mock exams using past papers
  • convert self-awarded raw marks to UMS marks when students are revising for future exams using past papers.

Download our mark converter tool

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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 as exam papers can perform differently from year to year, depending on the tasks set.

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.

Find the raw mark and UMS grade boundaries for each exam series

Summer 2014 grade boundaries will be made available from results day.

How do UMS marks contribute to the overall 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 (cash-in).

The tables below show the minimum uniform marks required for each grade at unit level and at qualification level.

A level Government and Politics

The minimum uniform marks required for each grade for each unit are as follows:

Units 1, 2, 3 and 4

Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 100 80 70 60 50 40

The minimum uniform marks for each grade at AS cash-in are as follows:

Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 200 160 140 120 100 80

The minimum uniform marks for each grade at A level cash-in are as follows:

Unit grade A B C D E
Maximum uniform mark = 400 320 280 240 200 160

If you have any further queries about UMS marks please contact us at TeachingGovernmentandPolitics@pearson.com.

All the best,

Mark Battye
TeachingGovernmentandPolitics@pearson.com

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