Higher Tier Grade Boundaries (out of 240 possible marks):

Sitting

Grade 9

Grade 8

Grade 7

Grade 6

Grade 5

Grade 4

Grade 3

Jun 2017

190

157

124

96

68

41

27

Nov 2017

189

150

112

85

58

32

19

Jun 2018

202

170

139

109

79

50

35

Nov 2018

194

159

125

95

66

37

22

These are the higher tier grade boundaries for the first four sittings of the new Edexcel GCSE Maths. The first two sets of exams were not at all popular with students but the June 2018 exams were viewed as more reasonable. The grade boundaries were higher but students felt they had more opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

Somehow we have got to stop making the same mistakes on successive exam papers. Perhaps you are just weary of doing paper after paper. We will take a break from doing exam papers and concentrate on learning over the next three weeks leading up to your second set of mocks.

These are the higher tier grade boundaries for the first four sittings of the new Edexcel GCSE Maths. The first two sets of exams were not at all popular with students but the June 2018 exams were viewed as more reasonable. The grade boundaries were higher but students felt they had more opportunity to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

When GCSE questions ask you to estimate the result of a numerical calculation on the non-calculator paper you should proceed as follows:

Round the numbers in the problem to 1 significant figure before performing calculations.

Be careful if you have a number less than 1 for a denominator. For example, if the denominator = 0.4 then multiply the numerator and denominator by 10 so that you end up dividing by the whole number 4.

When asked to use your calculator to evaluate an expression, use brackets to group terms in a numerator, terms in a denominator, and terms under a square root sign. Leaving out brackets risks the order of precedence rules on your calculator causing it to evaluate calculations in an inappropriate order for the question.

Professor Stephen Chew is a cognitive psychologist from Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. In 2011, he recorded five short videos (each 5 - 9 minutes long) to help students become more effective learners. They contain a whole range of dos and don'ts together with practical suggestions you can adopt to improve your learning. Below are direct links to each video. As an alternative you can log on to Youtube and type in 'Stephen Chew'