# What is the highest GCSE grade?

Asked by: Mr. Stewart Adams PhD  |  Last update: May 6, 2022
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The highest grade you can get is a 9, with 1 being the lowest. This system was introduced in 2017, replacing the old GCSE grading system that awarded students letter grades from A* to G. In the current grading system, a score of 9, 8 and 7 are equivalent to an A* and A.

## Is 7 a good GCSE grade?

In general, a grade 7-9 is roughly equivalent to A-A* under the old system, while a grade 4 and above is roughly equivalent to a C and above. Fewer students will receive a grade 9 than would have received an A* under the old grading system.

## Is 6 a good GCSE grade?

“In simple terms, a GCSE student who is performing consistently at a grade 6 standard, should be awarded a grade 6. It should be no harder or easier to achieve a particular grade than it is in a normal year when examinations take place.”

## What is a GCSE grade 7 equivalent to?

According to Ofqual, the exams regulator, grade 7 is equivalent to an A. Grade 8 is considered a strong A and grade 9 an A*. Grade 4, a "standard pass", is equivalent to a C while grade 5 - also a C - is deemed a "strong pass" and grade 6 is equivalent to a B.

## Is a Grade 8 good in GCSE?

As per the guide below, issued by the exams regulator Ofqual, the numerical system essentially boils down to the following: 9 = High A* grade. 8 = Lower A* or high A. 7 = Lower A grade.

## What is the difference between the new (9 to 1) GCSE grades and the old (A* to G) GCSE grades?

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### Is a grade 9 good?

9 is the highest grade, and is be awarded to fewer students than the old A*. The government introduced the scale to inject more rigour into the exam system, and to allow for more differentiation among the top performers.

### How hard is a 9 in GCSE?

Since the government grading system changed to the new numerical system running from 9 to 1 (from the older A* to G system), it is now much harder to get the highest grade. Getting a 9 in GCSE Maths is a higher grade than an A* was, as it is meant to differentiate the very top achieving pupils.

### Is a grade 6 GOOD?

Grade 6 indicates a good level of achievement and will help support progression into higher education and future employment.

### What grade is 76 percent in GCSE?

According to this illustration, grade 4 requires 56 - 66 per cent, grade 5 requires 67 - 77 per cent and grade 6 requires 78 - 88 per cent. ranges may seem extraordinarily narrow and demanding, but they are supported by other evidence discussed below.

### Is a 4 a pass in GCSE?

The AQA explains that a 4 is considered a “standard pass” and that a 5 is a “strong pass”, and respectively work out to a high C and low B in the old grading system. “Grade 4 remains the level that students must achieve without needing to resit English and Maths post-16,” the AQA says.

### Is a 3 a pass in GCSE?

Is grade 3 a pass? For a 'standard pass', equivalent to the old C grade, students will need to achieve a 4 grade, while a 5 will constitute a 'strong pass'.

### Is a 5 in GCSE good?

The new GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 5 considered a good pass and grade 9 being the highest and set above the current A*. The government's definition of a 'good pass' will be set at grade 5 for reformed GCSEs. A grade 4 will continue to be a Level 2 achievement.

### What is a grade 9 in GCSE?

9 to 1 grading

The way GCSEs are graded changed in 2017. They're graded using 9 to 1, rather than A* to G. Grade 9 is the highest grade. Ofqual's GCSE grading diagrams outline the changes and also provide some useful guide for parents .

### How do you get a 6 higher in Maths?

It is the minimum mark at which a numbered grade (from 9 to 1) can be achieved. As an example, if the grade boundary for Grade 6 is 70 marks, 70 would be the minimum mark required in order to get a Grade 6.

### What is a M1 grade in GCSE?

M1 (Merit, Level 1) F. 1.5. P1 (Pass, Level 1) P (Pass)

### Is 10th grade high school?

Grade 10 is a part of secondary school and in some parts of the USA it is the first year of high school. The English equivalent is Year 11. Usually, this is when children would leave compulsory education. High school is often used instead of senior high school and distinguished from junior high school.

### Is 7th grade high school?

The seventh grade is the eighth school year, the second or third year of middle school, and the first year of junior high school. Students are around 12-13 years old in this stage of education.

### Does Oxford look at GCSEs?

Higher grades at GCSE can help to make your application more competitive, and successful applicants typically have a high proportion of 7,8 and 9 grades. However, we do look at GCSE grades in context.

### How many GCSEs can you take?

As you do have to take your GCSEs during school hours, the maximum amount of GCSEs that you could do at once is most likely around 16.

### What is the easiest GCSE?

The British Exams lists the top 10 easiest GCSEs as reported by students:
• Geography.
• Film Studies.
• Religious Studies.
• Media Studies.
• Hospitality and Catering.