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This blog has been updated for the June 2017 series.
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 A Levels and the new GCSEs (9-1) for English and Maths. Like the 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. We’ve also got further guidance on the 9-1 results grading.
In this blog, I wanted to provide a summary of how our results documents can support your results days since 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 web page. For the reformed linear 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 Interchange on restricted release date and then the grade boundaries page of the OCR website on results days.
It’s worth bearing in mind our raw mark to UMS converter doesn’t apply for the new linear qualifications 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 linear qualifications 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 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.