What Percentage of Students Get a Grade 9

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It’s no longer news that the grading system for the GCSE exam has been changed. It was changed from an alphabetical grading structure to a numerical grading system. 

Phased off within four years, 2020 was the first year where all the students were graded with just numbers. One thing is certain though, the new grading system ensured that making a Grade 9 is no longer the same as scoring an A*. 

The reason for this switch as explained was to improve the standard of education for the youths. It also ensures that students who work harder will stand out better from amongst the rest of the students.

Percentage of Students with a Grade 9

No matter how complicated or harder this system of grading is reported to be, there are still thousands of students who pass it every year.

In fact, in the just concluded GCSE exam in 2020, of the 5.2 million students who took the test, about 6.6% of the students passed with a Grade 9 score. This figure experienced a 1.9% increase from that of last year, where 4.7% of the students got a Grade 9 score.

What this means is that about  343,200 students scored a Grade 9. This goes to show you that making a Grade 9 is possible so long as you work hard at it and also consider investing in maths tuition online in order to have an advantage. Whether in Maths or English or chemistry, putting in the necessary effort always guarantees success at the end.

How to Calculate the New Numerical Grading Scores

The new numerical grading system allotted the highest score to Grade 9 and the lowest score to Grade 1. Unlike the former alphabetical grading system, with this system, a Grade 9 is the highest score, while grade 1 is the lowest. 

By implication, Grade 9 is now higher than an A*, while a Grade 8 is lower than an A*. A Grade U score means that the student was not graded or classified. As a result of this, no certificate or qualification will be awarded that student. 

In addition to this, there are now two pass marks, a strong pass and a standard pass. A strong pass is a Grade 5, while a standard pass is a Grade 4. What this means is that if you scored a Grade 3, you may have to consider the option of resiting. 

Below is a comprehensive outline of each numerical grade in comparison with the former grading system.

  • Grade 9 = High A* grade
  • Grade 8 = Lower A* or high A
  • Grade 7 = Lower A grade
  • Grade 6 = High B grade
  • Grade5 = Lower B or high C
  • Grade 4 = Lower C grade
  • Grade 3 = D or high E
  • Grade2 = Lower E or high F
  • Grade1 = Lower F or G
  • Grade U = Ungraded


The 6.6% of students who scored a Grade 9 in 2020 goes to buttress that scoring a Grade 9 is possible. You only need to effectively study harder, and so long as the marking scheme remains fair (which always is), your Grade 9 score is guaranteed.

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