Monday, 27 July 2009

Is A* the solution?

The Cambridge Assessment board has decided to introduce a A* grade in A Level and O Level examinations in Pakistan in addition to its current grades (A, B, C, D,E, U). The plan is that the students earning A in all components for the subject, as well as 90% on the A2 components will be awarded an A*. Moreover the percentiles earned with the grades will not be disclosed. Both these measures will be introduced in June 2010 for the first time. The examination board has decided to take this step as the UK Government had introduced similar changes in the Grade system of UK examinations. This was done to aid British Universities distinguish between different applicants during the application process.
My question is whether this will be effective or not? For one, the percentiles will not be disclosed from 2010 onwards which means it will be even more difficult for Universities to distinguish between different A graders. Secondly, as A* is the highest grade students will study harder to attain the A* grade and eventually all those earning A grades will earn A*s and the universities will be facing the same dilemma that they face right now? 
Have your Say in the comments section!

-- Story was updated on Apr 2, 2014.


  1. Riddler820 aka Fark12 August 2009 at 22:34

    Well, I think should not comment here because I don't know a bit about the Cambridge system. You should have at least given the grading formula here ... What is this grade 'U'... Is it for underdogs ??

  2. So true, impressed man ! How intelectual ..