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Average Passing Scores

15 USA Universities and their average SAT scores

College SAT Total SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
Harvard University 2070 - 2350 690 - 780 690 - 790
Stanford University 2010 - 2300 660 - 760 680 - 780
Yale University 2100 - 2370 700 - 800 700 - 780
Princeton University 2090 - 2360 690 - 790 700 - 790
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2030 - 2320 650 - 760 720 - 800
Columbia University 2050 - 2320 680 - 770 680 - 780
Brown University 1990 - 2300 650 - 760 670 - 770
California Institute of Technology 2140 - 2340 690 - 770 770 - 800
University of Pennsylvania 2020 - 2290 660 - 750 690 - 780
Georgetown University 1965 - 2235 650 - 740 660 - 750
Cornell University 1935 - 2250 630 - 730 660 - 770
University of California-Berkeley 1800 - 2170 580 - 700 620 - 760
Washington University in St Louis 2085 - 2295 680 - 750 710 - 780
Rice University 1970 - 2270 640 - 750 680 - 780
Duke University 2000 - 2300 660 - 760 680 - 780

 

The point score system in UK

Since 2006, all level 3 qualifications approved under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 have been reported in the tables using Qualification and Curriculum Authority's (QCA) point scoring system.

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) sets out the levels at which qualifications can be recognised. Only qualifications that have been accredited by the regulatory authority are included in the NQF. Accredited level 3 qualifications are subsequently approved by the Secretary of State for use by 16 to 18 year olds. Qualifications approved for use include general, vocational and occupational categories.

QCA have assigned each qualification a level 3 threshold contribution figure expressed as a percentage as well as a point score. Using this scoring system two A levels (and equivalent) contribute 100% to the level 3 threshold (i.e. one A level is equal to 50% of the level 3 threshold).

For the purpose of calculating the average point score per entry, each qualification is also assigned a "size" relative to an A level. Where an A level has a size of one, an AS and a BTEC National Diploma have a size of 0.5 and 3 respectively.

The following table lists a few of the common level 3 qualifications and their point scores based on the QCA point score system as well as their size compared to an A level. Other approved qualifications at level 3 and their point scores can be found on the QCA website, www.ndaq.org.uk

Grade Size 1 Points Grade Size 1 Points Grade Size 1 Points
general/applied A level general/applied AS general/applied Double Award
A 1 270 A 0.5 135 AA 2 540
B 1 240 B 0.5 120 AB 2 510
C 1 210 C 0.5 105 BB 2 480
D 1 180 D 0.5 90 BC 2 450
E 1 150 E 0.5 75 CC 2 420
            CD 2 390
            DD 2 360
            DE 2 330
            EE 2 300
BTEC National Award BTEC National Certificate BTEC National Diploma
D 1 270 DD 2 540 DDD 3 810
M 1 225 DM 2 480 DDM 3 757.5
P 1 165 MM 2 420 DMM 3 705
      MP 2 360 MMM 3 652.5
      PP 2 300 MMP 3 600
            MPP 3 547.5
            PPP 3 495
Advanced Free Standing Maths Level 3 Key Skill  
A 0.1667 45 P 0.3 63    
B 0.1667 40            
C 0.1667 35            
D 0.1667 30            
E 0.1667 25            
International Baccalaureate Diploma Passes (please note that no points are assigned to Post-16 students achieving IB certificates)
45 5 1380
44 5 1350
43 5 1320
42 5 1290
41 5 1260
40 5 1230
39 5 1200
38 5 1170
37 5 1140
36 5 1110
35 5 1080
34 5 1050
33 5 1020
32 5 990
31 5 960
30 5 930
29 5 900
28 5 870
27 5 840
26 5 810
25 5 780
24 5 750

 

The point scoring system developed by QCA is designed for use as a means of measuring institutional performance in the tables. It is not intended that it should replace national systems used for other purposes, such as the UCAS tariff used to decide student admission to higher education.

How the average point score per student is calculated

The average point score per student is calculated as the sum of the QCA points awarded to each 16 to 18 year old student, divided by the total number of 16 to 18 year old students at the end of study towards general and applied A/AS or equivalent level 3 qualifications. For example:

If student A achieves 2 general A levels at grade B, an applied A level at grade C and a general AS pass at grade D, they would score 780 points (240 + 240 + 210 + 90).

If student B achieves 1 applied Double Award at grade AB and an applied A level at grade B, and a Key Skill at level 3, they would score 813 points (510 + 240 + 63).

If student C attempts 1 general A level and receives a grade U but has passed the AS in the same subject with grade B, and achieves a distinction in a BTEC National Award, they would score 390 points (120 + 270).

Average point score per student

780 + 813 + 390 / 3 = 661 points

(The sum of each student's points) / (The total number of 16 to 18 year old students)

How the average point score per examination entry is calculated

The average point score per examination entry is calculated as the sum of the points awarded to each 16 to 18 year old student, divided by the total number of qualification entries. For this calculation, a general or applied A level and a BTEC National Award is each equal to one entry, a general/applied A level Double Award or BTEC National Certificate is equal to two entries, a general or applied AS level is equal to 0.5 of an entry, a Key Skill at level 3 is equal to 0.3 of an entry. The table above lists some of the common qualifications and the qualification entries counted.

Where a student has attempted an A level and failed, but they have been awarded an AS in the same subject, the A level entry is still counted. So student C above would be treated as having 2 entries and not 1.5.

Using the above example:

Average point score per examination entry

780 + 813 + 390 / 3.5 + 3.3 + 2 = 225.3 points

(the sum of each student's points) / (the sum of each student's entries) = (rounded to one decimal place using normal rounding conventions)

Local Learning and Skills Councils, local average and national averages

Under each LSC heading, there are local average figures based on the results of all further education sector colleges and state schools in the area covered by the LSC. This is shown at the foot of each page just above the national average. The national average figures are based on the results of all schools and further education sector colleges. Where the LSC is made up of a number of LAs, the LA average is also shown at the top of that LA's data alongside the LA name. You may wish to compare the results of individual schools and colleges with the published local LSC, LA and national averages.

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