We’ve recently received a lot of complaints regarding Cambridge results issued, yesterday and today. Therefore, we would like to clarify a few points:
🔴 We are not an official party to file/receive complaints or to submit complaints on behalf of students.
The British Council is also NOT responsible for the grades and the correction and publication of the result is the awarding body which in this case is Cambridge International.
Below you will find out how to communicate with Cambridge and send a personal complaint, though it MUST be done through your school.
🔴 What is the new system of letters and numbers grading?
The UK’s replacement of the alphabetical system with numerical system 9 – 1 aims to distinguish between students levels, increasing the number of passing to be 6 scores instead of 4 scores in A*-G system.
The British government has obliged the examiners under its supervision in the UK and globally to change the grading system from 9 to 1 with 9 being the highest and 1 the lowest instead of A* to G
The goal of the new system is to:
– A* student division into two segments, the high scorer and the highest scorer.
– Divide grades B and C to be 4,5,6. This makes the division of the levels more as three students are distinguished from each other.
– The number of passing grades is 6 instead of only 4.
This system gave students with a high C and high B a better chance especially when applying to universities as shown in the table.
The only examiner/ certifier operating on A* – G and 9-1 is Cambridge Intl. because it is does not operate in the UK and has given students the choice to register in any system with the same test and details.
Surprisingly, when the result were released, the student with the same marks, he/she gets different grades depending on the system.
🔴 Is the problem related to the registration made by the school coordinator?
No, because it is the same exam paper and evaluation must have been standardised.
Of course we as an association recommend numerical evaluation because it gives a student with a high B or C rating a better chance and differentiates students from each other, but it was impossible to expect two students to receive the same grade and receive different grading, especially in the case of A* or A.
After reviewing the grade boundaries, which are the minimum grades for each grade, we found that there was a noticeable increase in English as a Second Language and in Chemistry IGCSE which made it very difficult for students to obtain high grades.
We also found that students with grades 9 were graded an A*, while grades 8 is the same as grades A which is opposing to all UK rules ofqual and other official examiners code.
Students with grades 7 are assumed to be equal to grade A and grades 8 = A *.
This reflects the lack of proper application of the system and the lack of fairness amongst students whom have taken the same test but on a different assessment systems.
When reviewing the Cambridge site, we found out that there is a difference in the explanatory numerical evaluation system data on the official website ofqual and other official examiners, which may be the reason why the system does not apply, which makes students with grades 8 equal to those with A*
🔴 We communicated with a number of teachers and they all expressed their dissatisfaction with this case, hoping that the questions will be answered, but the problem is that they do not find those who discuss with them the matter concerning the board Cambridge in Egypt, especially since they do not have an office unlike other boards like Oxford AQA and Pearson Edexcel.
Can grades be changed?
It is impossible to modify the grades after the issuance, except in the case of re-check and this does not include anything other than re-correction and remark.
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