Calculating A Levels University Ranking Points
The International A Levels is conducted and assessed a little differently in Singapore compared to other parts of the world.
Subjects at H1 level constitutes one academic unit, subjects at H2 level constitutes two academic units, with the exception of subjects taken at H3 level. Students are invariably required to sit for either H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Inquiry, and may opt to elect any combination and number of H1 and H2 subjects, up to a maximum of twelve academic units (AUs). A maximum of two H3 subjects can be applied. Subject examination of the H3 level subjects were previously offered as "Special papers" (or "S-Papers") under the Cambridge GCE Advanced Level before 2006
How It Works
A Levels candidates are required to seat for examinations under SEAB select subjects from three levels, H1, H2, and H3, with H3 being the most in-depth of all the courses.
All subjects can be divided into two categories: knowledge-skills and content-based. A candidate is expected to take courses in a combination as follows:
- Three content-based H2 A Levels subjects
- One content-based H1 A Levels subject
- H1 General Paper
- H1 Mother Tongue Language
- H1 Project Work
Students with high academic standing can also choose to take an extra H1/H2 A Levels subject or up to two H3 subjects.
How to Convert Your A Levels Grades into the Singapore Ranking System
If you’re looking to convert your existing A Levels grades into the grading system of Singapore, then the first thing you will need to become familiar with is the system of ranking points. A student can achieve a maximum of 90 ranking points to gain admission into a Singaporean university. The higher the A Levels score, the better their chances of securing a place.
The first step in calculating a student’s JC rank points is converting their existing A Levels grades into the Singaporean equivalent. This can be easily achieved by following the table below:
|Grade||Marks||H2 JC Rank Points||H1 JC Rank Points||H3 Grade||Marks (%)|
Computation of JC Rank Points without H1 MTL
A student’s JC rank points are calculated by adding together the JC rank points the student has achieved for
- best four content subjects (i.e. three H2 content subjects and one H1 content subject)
- H1 General Paper,
- and H1 Project Work.
A. Maximum Rank Points = 3 H2 + 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW
A. Maximum Rank Points = 20 + 20 + 20 + 10 + 10 + 10
A. Maximum Rank Points = 90 RP
In Case A, assuming a student achieves an ‘A’ for all subjects with the exception of a ‘B’ for one of his/her H2 subjects, the calculation of rank points is as follows:
Rank Points = 3 H2 + 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW
Rank Points = 20 + 20 + 17.5 + 10 + 10 + 10
Rank Points = 87.5 RP
Computation of Rank Points with H1 MTL
H1 MTL may be included in the computation of the rank points. In such an event, the rank points inclusive of H1 MTL will be rebased from /100 to /90.
B. Rank Points = [(3 H2 + 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW + H1 MTL) / 100] x 90
B. Rank Points = [(20 + 20 + 20 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10) / 100] x 90
B. Rank Points = (100 / 100) x 90
B. Rank Points = 1 x 90
B. Rank Points = 90 RP
In Case B, assuming the same student achieves an ‘A’ for all subjects (inclusive of H1 MTL) with the exception of a ‘B’ for one of his/her H2 subjects, the calculation of rank points inclusive of H1 MTL is as follows:
Rank Points = [(3 H2 + 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW + H1 MTL) / 100] x 90
Rank Points = [(20 + 20 + 17.5 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10) / 100] x 90
Rank Points = (97.5 / 100) x 90
Rank Points = 0.975 x 90
Rank Points = 87.75 RP
In the event of the inclusion of H1 MTL in the computation of rank points, the better (i.e. higher) of the two computed rank points (i.e. Case B (87.75 RP) in the example of Case A vs Case B) will be considered by the universities for admissions.
Computation of JC Rank Points for students who offer 4 H2 Subjects
Students who offer four H2 content subjects do not have a H1 content subject. In this case, the student’s weakest H2 subject will be computed as a H1 content subject. This means the student’s number of rank points achieved for that H2 subject will be halved (calculated as /10 instead of /20).
C. Rank Points = 3 H2 + weakest 1 H2 calculated as 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW
C. Rank Points = 20 + 20 + 20 + 10 + 10 + 10
C. Rank Points = 90
In Case C, assuming a student offers four H2 content subjects and achieves an ‘A’ for all subjects with the exception of a ‘B’ for one of his/her H2 subjects, the calculation of rank points is as follows:
Rank Points = 3 H2 + weakest 1 H2 calculated as 1 H1 + GP + PW
Rank Points = 20 + 20 + 20 + 8.75 + 10 + 10
Rank Points = 88.75