# Have you seen the new Maths GCSE grades 1 to 9 grade descriptors?

**New Maths GCSE grades 1 to 9 grade descriptors**

A print friendly version of the Maths GCSE grade 1 to 9 descriptors can be found here.

The Department of further Education (DfE) have released some ‘grade descriptors’ for the new GCSEs graded 1 to 9 for Maths and they are clearly different from grade descriptions which apply to the old GCSEs graded A* to G.

The descriptors aim to help teachers understand the likely level of performance expected at a selection of grades in the new GCSEs. They give an idea of the expected mid-point performance at grades 2, 5 and 8. These descriptors are not designed to be used for awarding purposes in 2017 but the statistical predictions will be used to set grade outcomes.

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**Grade descriptors for GCSEs graded 1 to 9 in Mathematics**

**Grade 8**

To achieve grade 8, candidates will be able to:

- perform procedures accurately
- interpret and communicate complex information accurately
- make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
- construct substantial chains of reasoning, including convincing arguments and formal proofs
- generate efficient strategies to solve complex mathematical and non-mathematical problems by translating them into a series of mathematical processes
- make and use connections, which may not be immediately obvious, between different parts of mathematics
- interpret results in the context of the given problem
- critically evaluate methods, arguments, results and the assumptions made

**Grade 5**

To achieve grade 5, candidates will be able to:

- perform routine single- and multi-step procedures effectively by recalling, applying and interpreting notation, terminology, facts, definitions and formulae
- interpret and communicate information effectively
- make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions
- construct chains of reasoning, including arguments
- generate strategies to solve mathematical and non-mathematical problems by translating them into mathematical processes, realising connections between different parts of mathematics
- interpret results in the context of the given problem
- evaluate methods and results

**Grade 2**

To achieve grade 2, candidates will be able to:

- recall and use notation, terminology, facts and definitions; perform routine procedures, including some multi-step procedures
- interpret and communicate basic information; make deductions and use reasoning to obtain results
- solve problems by translating simple mathematical and non-mathematical problems into mathematical processes
- provide basic evaluation of methods or results
- interpret results in the context of the given problem

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