# SIMS.net A Level targets

• 22nd October 2013, 10:01 AM
rlinley
SIMS.net A Level targets
Hi,

We are new to SIMs and are building our assessment and tracking templates. To set A2 targets we are using the students AS level exam result, and adding a grade. For example, if they got a B at AS, we are setting their A2 target as an A. This is fine apart from A*. Due to the complicated way of achieving an A* at A Level, teachers are reluctant to set A* as a target as it may be impossible to achieve. Our grade set uses points, ie A=270, B=240, and our formulas for working out targets takes the AS grade, multiplies it by 2, then adds 30. Using B as an example again - B (at AS worth 120 points) x2 +30 = 270 points which is an A.

For students who got an A at AS level, we want to set their target for A2 as an A. Other than change them all manually, is there a way to replace them, or add an extra formula?

Thanks
• 22nd October 2013, 10:25 AM
PhilNeal
If you don't have a SupportNet account I would recommend that you open one. SupportNet users tend to have detailed knowledge of assessment/ timetabling issues from a educational perspective
• 22nd October 2013, 02:06 PM
CAM
If you want to ban a grade but don't want to use the grade's value for analysis, create a new gradeset and apply it to the targets aspect. Then set the value of the banned grade to an absurd amount like 1000.

Thus you will take an AS A valued at 140, multiply it by 2 to make 280 and add 30 for 310. But because the value of A* is 1000 it will return an A because the calculated value for the A2 target is below the A* points threshold. The reason I choose 1000 is if you do accidentally use it in a calculation, the 1000 will be a big giveaway that you have made a mistake.