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Grade boundaries - new gcse spec

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by lizmclean, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. lizmclean

    lizmclean New commenter

    Can anyone tell me what grade boundaries they are using for their mocks in November for all four skills, higher and foundation in French and Spanish. We use AQA and we are going to do the mock specimen papers but how can we judge what grade their outcomes equate to?
  2. veverett

    veverett Occasional commenter

    We all need to post how many pupils get what marks on the spec paper. Then we can see what boundaries to set for top 5%, 10% etc.
  3. parkert

    parkert New commenter

    I think they will be low. Higher maths was 17% for a 4 this summer. When the new GCSE came out in 2009, the pass mark for a C for the speaking was 20%. I think it will get higher as we get further into this after the next few years
  4. cake4tea

    cake4tea New commenter

    It's all down to guestimates. I'm not expecting massively high percentages for the majority of my kids. Vocab is the major issue for me. Seem to be looking at a maximum of 65 - 70% for my best kids on higher. BTW though doing AQA have downloaded all Edexcel specimens for extra practice. Not exactly the same but better than nothing.
  5. cocostrong

    cocostrong New commenter

    Hi guys,

    I am using this table and mark scheme for their Speaking Unit. And a very similar thing for Writing. I hope you find it useful. Please let me know if it was of help.
    Speaking Grade Boundaries


    Grade % Mark/60

    9 90 54

    8 80 48

    7 75 45

    6 65 39

    5 55 33

    4 50 30

    3 40 24


    Grade % Mark/60

    5 75 45

    4 65 39

    3 55 33

    2 45 27

    1 30 18

    Award a,b,c depending on how secure the grade i.e. for Foundation 39-40 = 4c, 40-41-42 = 4b and 43-44 = 4a
    I have based this on a variety of things but it is still very much a guess.

    Any questions please ask.
  6. lala_jane

    lala_jane New commenter

    Hi Cocostrong,

    Thanks for sharing the grade boundaries.

    Are your percentages similar for listening and reading?
  7. cmj0132

    cmj0132 New commenter

    Hi Everyone,

    I'd also be interested. I have just finished marking the AQA Reading paper (then rest later to come this week) and would be really interested...

  8. cake4tea

    cake4tea New commenter

    Given the experience in maths last year they might be lower.
  9. LTarantini-Amor

    LTarantini-Amor New commenter

    Hey all,
    We are doing percentages for grades. 50% for 4, 60% for 5. And so on... but we don’t have a converter for raw marks and weightings. We are using edexcel. Any ideas?
  10. LTarantini-Amor

    LTarantini-Amor New commenter

  11. LTarantini-Amor

    LTarantini-Amor New commenter

    I thought we weren’t including a 9 as only a statistical entity awarded based on national results? So our ‘grade 5’ is 50% not 55%. Can you talk us through your numbers? And thanks for posting them by the way?

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