MAY/JUNE 2020 CAMBRIDGE EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Students & Parents,

MAY/JUNE 2020 CAMBRIDGE EXAM ANNOUNCEMENT

We are certainly going through an extremely difficult situation which has impacted lives all across the world.  Presently, the first and the foremost responsibility of everyone is ensure the safety of their health and those around them.  Everyone must follow the directives issued by the government aimed at helping to curtail the spread of the pandemic.  May God have mercy on all of us and keep us safe (Ameen).

As educators we have the added responsibility to ensure the continuity in our students’ education.  During the on-going interruption in the academic activity, we very quickly adopted the use of technology and commenced ON LINE classes in all subjects.  We urged all the students to attend these classes just as they would attend the normal school classes.  The school administration actively followed up on the attendance by calling  students/parents if classes were missed.  All these efforts were put in place to ensure readiness of our students for the May/June 2020 Cambridge exams.

However, in view of the alarming rise in the Corona virus cases everywhere in the world, including Pakistan, Cambridge finally decided to cancel the May/June 2020 Examinations.  They have now announced an alternative grading mechanism which will be based on a PREDICTED GRADE given by the school and which has to be based on VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE. Cambridge will then include its own reasoning and historical data and apply some algorithm to assess whether the predicted grade truly reflect the knowledge and skills of the student or not.  A final grade will then be awarded to the student.

Alternatively, a student can withdraw his/her candidacy in some or all subjects for May/June examinations, and appear in the October/November 2020 examinations.  Appended, please find the details as applicable to A1 and A2 students separately.  In all cases, DEADLINE TO CONFIRM THE YOUR DECISION MUST REACH SCHOOL BY 7TH APRIL, 2020 as we have to compile all the information and send the same to British Council by 10th April, 2020.  These deadlines are final.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation in these very uncertain times.

Kind Regards,

Nadeem Islam

Principal

Incl:                 Options for A1

                        Options for A2

 

OPTIONS FOR A1:

Please note that all schools will be required to provide VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE to support the predicted grades.  Acceptable evidence may include, among others:

  • Monthly Test Reports issued by the school during the academic year, including attendance
  • December 2019 Mid-Year Examination Report
  • CAIE Certificates/Grades (O – Levels)
  • Complete/Partially complete course work (Art, Media Studies etc.)

 

OPTION 1: OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2020 EXAMINATION

We urge ALL students to withdraw from the May/June exam and take the October/November 2020 in ALL subjects.  It our view that students will be better prepared and focused for these exam and will be able to score higher than the predicted outcome.  Decision to withdraw must be communicated in writing by parents to College latest by 7th April, 2020.

OPTION 2: MAY/JUNE 2020 GRADING POLICY:

A student may opt for the May/June 2020 predicted grade outcome.  Information on how the final grade will be computed by Cambridge is already stated in the covering note.  Important point to remember is that the grade awarded by Cambridge will be final.  In case the awarded grade is unsatisfactory, the student will have the option to register in the October/November examinations for a RE-TAKE (registration fee will be applicable).  Decision on full/partial acceptance (giving subject details) must be communicated to college latest by 7th April, 2020.

In all cases, A1 students will be automatically promoted to A2 when it becomes possible for the College to reopen.  Presently, that is slated to be 1st June, 2020 as per the government orders. The students will commence the term with A2 syllabus, until about end of August, 2020.  September to November, the teaching will revert to A1 syllabus and revision.  After the completion of the November exams, normal A2 syllabus will be followed.

It is hoped that we have communicated to you all possible details/information currently available with us.  Please communicate your decision as per above mentioned deadline to:

Mr. Haroon Butt, Admin Department at haroon.butt@sceptrecollege.edu.pk

Mr. Ghulam Hussain, Admin Department at ghulam.hussain@sceptrecollege.edu.pk

OPTIONS FOR A2:

Please note that all schools will be required to provide VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE to support the predicted grades.  Acceptable evidence may include, among others:

  • Monthly Test Reports issued by the school during the academic year, including attendance
  • December 2019 Mid-Year Examination Report
  • CAIE Certificates/Grades (O/AS – Levels)
  • Previous exam result in case of re-take/accelerated option
  • Complete/Partially complete course work (Art, Media Studies etc.)
  • SAT Scores (To be confirmed)

As things stand today, Cambridge has not confirmed if the June 2019 exam results can be carried forward to November 2020 (normal validity is 12/13 months).

  • Since A2 students cannot carry forward their June 2019 AS results to sit in the November exam, they essentially have no choice but to accept the proposed process of awarding of the grades by Cambridge in June 2020.
  • Those students who are also appearing in accelerated subjects will need to withdraw from May/June option (by 7th April) and complete their A-Level in November by appearing in the accelerated subject (thus completing the requirement of minimum A-Level subjects for university admission).  Predicted grade will not be favorable in this situation. Please follow the deadline to inform the College.
  • Please note that there is NO RE-TAKE option after A2s.  Complete A-Level (A1 and A2) re-take will be required to be taken

Cambridge is in contact with the universities around the world to explain the current situation and the basis on which the grade is being awarded.  The awarded grade will carry the same recognition as any grade awarded after an exam.  In Pakistan, HEC being fully aware of the situation has already asked the universities to review their admission policies and deadlines to accommodate this inadvertent delay.

It is hoped that we have communicated all possible details/outcomes currently available with us.  However, please email your queries and responses to:

Mr. Haroon Butt, Admin Department, at haroon.butt@sceptrecollege.edu.pk

Mr. Ghulam Hussain, Admin Department, at ghulam.hussain@sceptrecollege.edu.pk

Regards

Sceptre College