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IGCSE Scoring System

In the world of international education, the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) has established itself as a prominent player. Students and educators around the globe have embraced this curriculum, which offers a comprehensive and internationally recognised assessment. But what about the IGCSE scoring system? How does it work, and why is it important?

In this article, we'll delve into the intricacies of the IGCSE scoring system, demystify its grading methods, and shed light on its significance for students' academic journeys.

Understanding the IGCSE Scoring System

1. Grading Scale

The IGCSE employs a grading scale that ranges from A* to G, with A* being the highest grade and G the lowest. This scale allows for a nuanced assessment of students' performance.

2. Subject Variability

One unique aspect of the IGCSE scoring system is its recognition of the diversity of subjects. Whether a student excels in Mathematics, English Literature, or History, their achievements are evaluated individually within the context of each subject.

3. Assessment Methods

IGCSE assessments include a mix of written exams, coursework, and practical tests. This varied approach ensures that students' abilities are thoroughly evaluated, considering both theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

IGCSE Grades vs. Percentage Uniform Marks

IGCSE students receive 'Percentage Uniform Marks' alongside their IGCSE grades, indicating where their performance stands relative to their peers – whether they fall within the upper, middle, or lower echelons. 

Let's examine a table that illustrates the expected Percentage Uniform Marks corresponding to each grade.

Grade Percentage Uniform Marks Range
A* 90-100
A 80-89
B 70-79
C 60-69
D 50-59
E 40-49
F 30-39
G 20-29

The Percentage Uniform Marks is a number that tells a student how well they performed in a specific course. It's only mentioned when talking about the course as a whole, not for individual assignments or tests. 

Do note, this percentage isn't the same as the total score a student gets in the course. That's because the Percentage Uniform Marks depends on both the student's actual score and grade thresholds (which can change between exams and courses). The Percentage Uniform Marks are also different from a student's actual score because they're always calculated out of 100. So, a student can use these marks as a way to compare their performance in different courses, but it's not the same as their real scores.

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