Following the GCE Mathematics 6665, Core 3 (C3) exam on Thursday 13 June 2013, we received a number of enquiries; specifically about the level of difficulty of the question paper.
We took the enquiries we received about the difficulty of the question paper very seriously and took action to ensure that all students were appropriately rewarded for their performance against the required standard.
The C3 question paper which was sat this summer was found to be more challenging than previous C3 question papers. As a result, the final grade boundaries were set by the senior examiners, taking into account the relative difficulty of the question paper using a range of both quantitative and qualitative information.
Find out more about how we set grade boundaries
Analysis undertaken on the performance of the C3 question paper
As an awarding organisation, we take our responsibility to set the right standard and issue the correct results to all students very seriously. Once the grade boundaries had been set, several types of analysis were undertaken to identify whether students may have been disadvantaged.
Every individual student’s result was reviewed to see whether there was any evidence to suggest that they had been disadvantaged by the difficulty of the question paper. We considered your:
- performance on each question of the paper
- performance on the other mathematics question papers
- historical performance
- teachers’ estimated grades
Should you have any specific enquiries about the results issued, you can find further guidance on our
A level results support page.