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How To Calculate Rank Points: JC – A Level University RP

Rank points are really crucial for any student looking to study further. They are essential in getting a good place to land dream admissions. Most students wonder about the calculations of rank points and how grades are converted and how overall rank points are calculated.

It may seem a little complicated but the calculations and grade conversions are really easy and student can calculate their exact rank points themselves. This can help them in short-listing the right universities and courses for their further studies and prepare for the admissions process.

Here is a complete guide to rank points and everything to know about them, including the calculations and rank points required for different courses.

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What Are Rank Points?

A rank point is a grading system for students. Students that go for A Level education are graded based on their marks in H1, H2, and H3 exams. These marks, in H1 and H2, carry a grade between A to U where A is the highest while U is the lowest.

Grades and marks in exams can be converted to rank points between 0 and 90. These rank points can help a student secure a position at a top university for further studies. If you're wondering about the marking and grading scheme for rank points, here is all you need to know about the rank points conversion and how they are calculated.

 

How To Calculate Rank Points?

Getting to know rank points is important as it will help you in getting admission in a particular course. Rank points are often the deciding factor when universities offer admission to a student. Each grade in the A level is assigned to you which gives you a particular point that can help you to calculate your ranking points.

The rank points are calculated by adding together the overall score of the students which they have achieved in four different subjects which is, generally, a mixture of three H2 subjects, one H1 subject, H1 general paper, and H2 project work.

The maximum number of rank points a student can achieve throughout the exams is 90. A higher score is great for the students and would help them in getting admission in a reputable university. You can check the table below for calculating the rank point.

It can help you get an idea about the exact rank points associated with the grade that you can use to calculate rank points.

 

Grade

H2 Equivalent

H1 Equivalent

A

20

10

B

17.5

8.75

C

15

7.5

D

12.5

6.25

E

10

5

S

5

2.5

U

0

0

H3 subjects are not included in the rank points as the grading system differs from H1 and

H3 - These are extra subjects that students undertake as complementary or additional subjects to improve their portfolio for admissions. However, H3 subjects are advanced. In some cases, these subjects can allow students to exempt the university modules and extra courses depending upon the score and course.

In order to calculate the rank points, take your three grades of H2 subjects and one grade of H1. In case you don't meet the standard H2 and H1 subjects then your rank points will be calculated through different methods.

If you haven’t given the H1 examination then consider taking your fourth best H2 grade as your H1 grade and start calculating the points. You can check your respective grade from the above table and put the values in order to calculate your exact rank points. 

H1

All the students must take the compulsory subjects of H1 that would be general paper and project work.

They can be excused from taking higher mother tongue language if the students have cleared it in their secondary school. If the students have not attempted the subject in their secondary school (O levels) then they will have to to attempt it in Junior College. National Examination for H1 subjects will be undertaken in the last year of JC.

H2 

In some cases, students can take up to 4 H2 subjects rather than the usual combination of three H2 subjects and one H1 subject. This decision is usually made by schools. Schools may decide if a student will be allowed to take 4 H2 subjects and their decision is usually dependant on the past performance of the student.

Cut off points are also taken into account for this. However, this policy may not be the same for all institutions and may differ between one Junior College and another.

 

Computation For Calculating The Rank Points Without H1 And MTL (Mother Tongue Language):

In this scenario, we will be calculating the rank points by adding 3 H2 subjects, 1 H1 subject, H1 general paper, and H2 project work.

3 H2+ 1 H1 + H1 general paper and H2 project work

= 20+20+20+10+10+10

Rank Points= 90

Assuming that the student has scored an A grade in the two subjects and a B grade in one subject of H2 then the calculation for the rank point will be as follows.

= 20+20+17.5+10+10+10

Rank Points= 87.5

 

Computation For Calculating The Rank Points With H1 And MTL (Mother Tongue Language):

In this scenario, if Mother Tongue Language and H1 are included in the rank points then the rank points will be released from /100 to /90. 

(3 H2 + 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW + H1 MTL) / 100] x 90

= [(20 + 20 + 20 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10) / 100] x 90

= (100 / 100) x 90

= 1 x 90

Rank Points = 90 RP

Assuming that the student has achieved A grade in all the subjects and B grade in one of the H2 subject.

[(3 H2 + 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW + H1 MTL) / 100] x 90

= [(20 + 20 + 17.5 + 10 + 10 + 10 + 10) / 100] x 90

= (97.5 / 100) x 90

= 0.975 x 90

Rank Points = 87.75 RP

From the following two cases the universities will consider the higher rank points for the admission in the particular field.

 

Computation Of Rank Points For Students Who Have 4 H2 Subjects:

If a student has not given the H1 examination then the computation is slightly different. In this situation, the student’s low scoring subject of H2 will be considered as an H1 subject while calculating the rank points. The H2 examination will be calculated as /10 instead of /20 which mean it will be halved.

3 H2 + weakest 1 H2 calculated as 1 H1 + H1 GP + H1 PW

20 + 20 + 20 + 10 + 10 + 10

Rank Points = 90

Assuming that the student has secured an A grade in all the subjects and a B grade in one of the H2 subjects then the following will be the computation for calculating overall rank points. 

3 H2 + weakest 1 H2 calculated as 1 H1 + GP + PW

= 20 + 20 + 20 + 8.75 + 10 + 10

= 88.75

By using these formulas mentioned above you can calculate your rank points and can apply for the universities in your desired course.

 

Requirements For Different Programs

Different Programs have different requirements when it comes to admissions. Students who are applying for a course in a specific field are required to meet these requirements in order to secure a position. Here is a complete breakdown of H1 and H2 grades students need for admissions in different fields of study.

 

NUS Courses

Representative Grade Profile

3H2/1H1

10th percentile

90th Percentile

Faculty Of Law

Law*

AAA/A

AAA/A

School of Medicine

Medicine*

AAA/A

AAA/A

Nursing*

CCC/C

AAA/B

Faculty of Dentistry

Dentistry*

AAA/A

AAA/A

School of Design & Environment

Architecture*

ABB/C

AAA/A

Industrial Design*

ABB/C

AAA/A

Project & Facilities Management

BCC/C

ABB/C

Real Estate

BCC/C

ABB/C

Faculty Of Engineering

Engineering

BCC/C

AAA/A

Biomedical Engineering

BCC/B

AAA/A

Chemical Engineering

BBC/B

AAA/A

Civil Engineering

BBC/C

AAA/A

Electrical Engineering

BCC/B

AAA/A

Environmental Engineering

BCC/B

AAA/A

Engineering Science

BBC/C

AAA/A

Industrial & Systems Engineering

BBC/C

AAA/A

Material Science & Engineering

BCC/B

AAA/A

Mechanical Engineering

BCC/B

AAA/A

Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautical)

AAA/B

AAA/A

School of Computing

Computing (Business Analytics)

AAA/B

AAA/A

Computing (Computer Science)

AAA/B

AAA/A

Computing (Information Security )

AAA/B

AAA/A

Computing (Information Systems)

AAA/C

AAA/A

Faculty of Engineering & School of Computing

Computer Engineering

AAB/C

AAA/A

Faculty of Science

Pharmacy 

AAA/A

AAA/A

Science (Pharmaceutical Science)

AAA/A

AAA/A

Science

AAB/C

AAA/A

Data Science and Analytics

AAB/C

AAA/A

Why Calculating Rank Points Is Important?

A rank point is the basic criteria through which universities may set their entry requirements. Students with high rank points through H1 and H2 grades are more likely to get a spot at an institution of their choice. Different courses and fields may have different entry requirements in terms of rank points.

Once you are able to calculate the rank points accurately, you can shortlist the desired courses and universities accordingly.

For this reason, it is extremely important to calculate your rank points accurately.

Calculating the rank points is important as it can help you get an idea of your performance. This can also help you to prepare for your further studies in universities. Students may find the calculations complicated at first but once they understand these methods of computations, they are able to calculate their rank points with ease.

 

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