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It’s that time of year again when our thoughts all turn to results and the culmination of a lot of hard work. This year we’ll be issuing the first results for our new reformed AS Levels. These new qualifications are linear and you may already have read our handy explanation on how linear qualifications and their grade boundaries work.
In this blog, I wanted to provide a summary of how our results documents can support your results days since, this year, results information is available in different places.
These contain qualification grades only. Component results will be available in both our Interchange reports and via our results analysis service, Active Results – described below.
We’ll be providing refreshed results files weekly throughout the post-results period via Interchange. To access the updated files, log in to Interchange, hover over ‘Results’ in the left-hand menu and click on ‘EDI Results’.
These ‘centre reports’ are available on Interchange from restricted results release date. A full explanation and examples of all the reports are available on our new web page. For the new AS qualifications, the following reports should be particularly useful:
For linear qualifications, grade boundaries are set at qualification level; however, to see how performance in a particular component contributes to the overall qualification grade, we publish ‘notional’ grade boundaries at component level.
Qualification level and notional component level grade boundary information is available from the results statistics area of the OCR website on restricted release date. This year, to make the information easier to access, we’ll be publishing separate documents for each qualification. For AS Level, the document you need is called ‘Qualification level and notional component level raw mark grade boundaries’ – not particularly catchy but it says what it provides!
It’s worth bearing in mind that our new raw mark to UMS converter doesn’t apply for the new AS Levels as they don’t have UMS and so it isn’t needed!
Results can be analysed using our free results analysis service, Active Results (accessed via Interchange from results days). To access Active Results, you need either the centre administrator or tutor/teacher roles so it’s a good idea to ensure everyone within your centre has the right access before results day.
One of the most useful reports for the new AS Levels is the candidate unit report, which provides a full breakdown of marks and notional grades at component level, just as it does for current unit-based qualifications. It also provides a graphic showing how close to the grade boundary the candidate was.
Specific information on topic areas and questions is available in other reports. More information about Active Results can be found on our new web pages.
I hope results day goes smoothly this year!
Alison Leather - Customer Support Manager (South East)
Alison is Customer Support Manager for the South East region. The Customer Support Team provides support, training and guidance for centres administering OCR qualifications.
Alison has worked in education since 1995, as an Exams Manager in a college, a Centre Support Officer with the National Assessment Agency (NAA) and an Exams Officer in a secondary school – so she knows how challenging and rewarding it can be working in the exams office. Alison joined OCR as Customer Support Manager in 2007.