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Grade cut offs Discussion of previous grade cut offs

The Wedge Effect

Posted 21 April 2005 - 11:34 AM

Hey, got a question for those who knows. What was the grade cut-off for Higher Physics in 2004 for A, B, C, D...?

Replies are appreciated.

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werlop

Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:22 PM

OK, the minimum scores needed for each grade were as follows (the exam is out of 90):

A - 59
B - 47
C - 35
D - 29

This gives percentages of:

A - 66%
B - 52%
C - 39%
D - 32%

It should be noted that these cut offs are VERY low for physics. People didn't do very well last year and the mean score dropped by 7.3 marks.

werlop

Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:25 PM

In 2003 the grades were as follows:

A - 66 (73%)
B - 55 (61%)
C - 44 (49%)

werlop

Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:26 PM

The cut offs in 2002 were the same as those in 2003.

gary

Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:43 PM

66% for an A that is suprising is that the lowest A cut off in Higher.

Ally

Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:50 PM

QUOTE(gary @ Apr 21 2005, 03:43 PM)
66% for an A that is suprising is that the lowest A cut off in Higher.

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The cut off for an A in H English was 64% last year.

gary

Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:59 PM

QUOTE(ally @ Apr 21 2005, 02:50 PM)
QUOTE(gary @ Apr 21 2005, 03:43 PM)
66% for an A that is suprising is that the lowest A cut off in Higher.

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The cut off for an A in H English was 64% last year.

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That is really low as well so really if you done really well in the close reading and wrote a crap essay and a good essay you would have got a B.

The Wedge Effect

Posted 21 April 2005 - 11:17 PM

If the grades cut-off remains at 66% (no chance of that) I'll most definitely get an A. tongue.gif

gary

Posted 21 April 2005 - 11:53 PM

I doubt it is going any higher than 70%.

Ally

Posted 22 April 2005 - 08:23 AM

QUOTE(gary @ Apr 22 2005, 12:53 AM)
I doubt it is going any higher than 70%.

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Considering that it's usually > 70% (with the exception of 2004) it would seem likely.

werlop

Posted 22 April 2005 - 02:23 PM

I think it's a fairly safe bet that you will need more than 70% this year for an A.

sparky

Posted 22 April 2005 - 07:44 PM

Being one of the people to sit the Higher paper last year, it was fairly difficult and was no where near as straight-forward as the past papers.

gary

Posted 23 April 2005 - 02:02 PM

I know I was trying to do the multiple choice and the questions were impossible well most of them.

Why was the difficulty raised last year?

werlop

Posted 23 April 2005 - 04:12 PM

Well the 2004 multichoice was actually fine to be honest, if you find those hard you should be trying to work out why. (The average multichoice mark fell by only 0.1 marks.)

It was the second half of the paper that marks were dropped in.

sparky

Posted 23 April 2005 - 06:27 PM

Yeah it was section B that was tricky. I think nearly all the Multiple Choice questions we had seen before through past papers

gary

Posted 23 April 2005 - 06:40 PM

I would have to disgaree. The 9 mark on vectors was a gift. The six marks on Analogue electronics was a gift, as was the 6 marks on resistors in circuits.

There were also another 17 marks which I would say were simple and that is discounting half the unit three questions which I have not covered in class.

werlop

Posted 23 April 2005 - 07:50 PM

As someone who sat the exam I found section B harder. I made some very silly mistakes in what were infact very easy questions. I know I got 18/20 for the multichoice because I wrote my answers on my exam paper as well as the sheet that gets marked.

Anyway, this if from the SQA principal assessors report and it basically says that section B was where people fell down on.

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The markers considered the 2004 Paper to have a good balance and standard but to be more demanding than the 2003 Paper. Markers commented that a significant number of candidates seemed to have had insufficient time to complete the paper properly. The mean mark for Section A was 12.1, 0.1 marks lower than last year whereas the mean for Section B was 34.5, 7.2 marks lower, giving an overall decrease of 7.3 marks.



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