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Although the pandemic still presents challenges across the world, many countries were able to run exams in our November 2020 exam series and candidates who sat exams in these countries will be receiving marks and grades. Therefore, all our usual enquiries about results services are available. You can find more information about how we release results, and our post-results services, in the exams administration area of our website.
We plan to release results as follows:
We understand many of you have questions about the impact of the pandemic, particularly about the A2-only grading route. To support you, we have answered some of your questions below.
No. The AS Level grades from the June series showed us that candidates were eligible for the A2-only route. We have calculated candidates’ grades in the November 2020 series based only on their performance in the A2 components in the November 2020 series.
The component mark report shows the component marks which have contributed to the total option mark used to determine a candidate’s grade. If a candidate has taken an A2-only route for a syllabus, there will be no marks shown for the June carry-forward component. If a candidate had eligible marks to carry forward from the June 2019 series, then these will be shown as final marks against the June carry-forward component.
You can compare candidates’ option marks with our published grade thresholds for the A2-only options to determine how close to a grade threshold the marks are.
We publish grade thresholds for the A2-only options on our website. We also publish the grade thresholds for all other A Level options. The A2-only options are indicated by a J suffix in the ‘Option’ column of the grade threshold tables, for example BXJ. The total mark for the A2-only options is half of the usual total for the A Level.
Candidates are not advantaged or disadvantaged by following the A2-only route. We have set appropriate grade boundaries for A2-only A Levels.
For each syllabus, we did this by:
To work out the marks adjustments:
By using our historical data to work out the marks adjustment we need to a make, we are confident that the standard of each grade is the same in the A2-only A Level as it is for an A Level achieved by any other route.
See question above ‘How were the grade thresholds for the A2-only route determined?’.
The A2-only route was available to candidates entering the staged-route ‘June carry-forward’ option in the November 2020 series meeting the following conditions:
Some candidates entering A Level carry-forward options in the November 2020 series had AS Level results from the June 2020 series, and AS Level marks and grades from other exam series. These candidates may not have been eligible for the A2-only route, depending on their entry option in November 2020. If you are unsure whether a candidate was graded by the A2-only route or require further information on how their grade was arrived at, please contact us.
It was not possible to generate a percentage uniform mark (PUM) for candidates taking the A2-only route. In countries where we provide a PUM, candidates will still receive this information for any A Levels which they have taken following routes other than A2-only.
Yes, you can still request an enquiry about results. The A2 components you took in the November 2020 series are eligible for review.