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A-level grade boundaries explained: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC, and CCEA

Exam results

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Today is results day, which means celebrations or commiserations all round.

While young people across the country decide whether they’ll be going on to work, higher education, or a big old gap yah, letters and numbers will be at the forefront.

Grade boundaries are a big part of knowing how well you did not just in the form of a letter, and give you an idea of the percentages involved.

What are grade boundaries?

A-Level pass grades are A*, A, B, C, D and E. Then, if you get a U, it means ungraded.

Grade boundaries let you know the score you need to get in your exams to make each grade.

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So, you may need 55% to get an A grade in some exams, while you may need higher or lower in others.

Lots of factors are considered when exam boards work out boundaries, such as predicted achievement levels of the those taking the exams, and the difficulty of the paper.

Where to find grade boundaries for different exam boards

Simply follow the links to your chosen exam board, where you’ll find the boundaries:

Although there have been reports of leaks from some boards, the general consensus is that grade boundaries are released on results day (today).

In the past they tended to come out a few days earlier, but this was reconsidered to reduce stress among students.

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