According to this illustration, grade 4 requires 56 to 66 percent, grade 5 requires 67 to 77 percent, and grade 6 requires 78 to 88 percent. This new scale will align with the key grades of the current A* to G scale. Students need a 4 for a standard pass and 5 for a strong pass. This means that a candidate who scores nine grades 4, technically, has passed all of their exams.
The percentage of students who earn grades 9 to 4 in mathematics is lower than the percentage who receive grades 9 to 4 in all subjects. However, government school leaderboards are based on the percentage of students who scored 5 or higher in the English and Math GCSEs.