Summer 2022 grading outcomes

24 August 2022
This update is to explain the approach to grading exams and assessments in Summer 2022.
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Summer 2022

Last year, Ofqual outlined the approach to grading exams and assessments in Summer 2022.

They announced that:

  • In Summer 2022 exam boards would set the grade boundaries based on a profile that reflects a midpoint between 2021 and pre-pandemic grading (Summer 2018/2019).
  • This provides a safety net for students, to reflect the disruption this cohort have experienced already in their course.
  • Results overall should be higher than in 2019, and not as high as in 2021. The exact position may vary by subject and by grade.

Ofqual recently wrote a blog which provides further explanation the grading of assessments in Summer 2022:

Midpoint explanation

This summer, exam boards set grade boundaries based on a profile that reflects a midpoint between 2021 and pre-pandemic grading, in terms of the percentage of students achieving each grade. It’s important to note that this doesn’t mean the actual grade boundaries should be halfway between 2021 and 2019 – the grade boundaries can vary from year to year depending on how students perform and this year students had advance information for A level and optionality for GCSE History which was different to Summer 2019. In addition, the Autumn 2021 and 2022 resit series had very small entries, so these boundaries are less reliable.

An example of the grade statistics for A level History can be found below. This table shows the cumulative percentage outcomes (provisional) for 2022 compared to previous exam series.

9HI0 A level History A* A B C D E U
2018 4.7 21.8 58.4 85.0 96.2 99.2 100.0
2019 4.5 20.0 56.7 84.6 95.9 99.0 100.0
2020 11.2 34.9 67.5 91.0 98.4 99.8 100.0
2021 14.7 40.7 70.8 90.6 97.4 99.7 100.0
2022 11.4 33.0 69.2 89.0 96.7 99.1 100.0

You can find the percentage outcomes from Summer 2019, Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 on our website.

The grade boundaries for Summer 2022 are released on our website on results day.

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