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Cambridge International Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Level 9700 Biology June 2012 Grade Thresholds

BIOLOGY
GCE Advanced Level and GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level
Grade thresholds taken for Syllabus 9700 (Biology) in the May/June 2012 examination.

maximum mark available Component 11 Component 12 Component 13 Component 21 Component 22 Component 23 Component 31 Component 32 Component 33 Component 34 Component 35 Component 41 Component 42 Component 43 Component 51 Component 52 Component 53 40 40 40 60 60 60 40 40 40 40 40 100 100 100 30 30 30

minimum mark required for grade: A 35 33 35 45 40 37 28 25 26 25 23 63 58 63 21 22 21 B 31 29 31 43 36 33 25 23 23 22 21 55 51 55 17 19 17 E 19 18 19 25 20 18 16 15 15 13 14 38 28 38 10 10 10

The thresholds (minimum marks) for Grades C and D are normally set by dividing the mark range between the B and the E thresholds into three. For example, if the difference between the B and the E threshold is 24 marks, the C threshold is set 8 marks below the B threshold and the D threshold is set another 8 marks down. If dividing the interval by three results in a fraction of a mark, then the threshold is normally rounded down. Grade A* does not exist at the level of an individual component. The thresholds for the syllabus are determined first by adding together the thresholds for the components taken by the candidate. A reduction may be made at the higher grades depending on the correlation of the papers. If the maximum raw marks for the components are not in the weighting/relationship specified in the syllabus, a weighting is applied to arrive at the overall thresholds. The A* threshold is calculated using the difference between A and B as a starting point. For AS Level components, small adjustments may be made to the marks awarded for some versions of the paper in order to neutralise any differences in the difficulty of the different versions and so make sure that all candidates face an equal demand. The maximum total mark for this syllabus is 260 for A Level and 130 for AS Level.

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Cambridge International Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary Level 9700 Biology June 2012 Grade Thresholds For this syllabus in this series the grade thresholds were as follows:

Option AX EX AZ AY EY BX BZ BY CX CZ CY S1 S2 S3 S4 S5

Combination of components 11, 21, 31, 41, 51 11, 21, 32, 41, 51 13, 23, 35, 43, 53 12, 22, 33, 42, 52 12, 22, 34, 42, 52 41, 51 and AS from last June 43, 53 and AS from last June 42, 52 and AS from last June 41, 51 and AS from last Nov. 43, 53 and AS from last Nov. 42, 52 and AS from last Nov.

A* 194

A 173

B 152

C 133

D 115

E 97

188 197 191 191 185

169 177 173 168 164

150 157 155 145 143

129 135 130 128 123

108 113 106 111 104

87 92 82 95 85

AS Level

N/A

91

82

71

60

49

Grade Thresholds are published for all GCE A/AS and IGCSE subjects where a corresponding mark scheme is available.

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