New Points System

Points:

Higher Level Grade Points Ordinary Level Grade Points
H1 100
H2 88
H3 77
H4 66
H5 56 O1 56
H6 46 O2 46
H7 37 O3 37
H8 0 O4 28
O5 20
O6 12
O7 0
O8 0

Maths bonus points

25 bonus points will be awarded for Higher Level Mathematics for H6 grades and above. For example, if an applicant receives a H6 grade an additional 25 points will be added to the 46 points already awarded for a H6 grade.

Success:

This new system will also raise the points total of weaker students. A student getting two grades of 55 per cent, two of 45 per cent and two of 35 per cent will get 278 points under the new scale compared to 220 points currently. A student getting two grades of 95 per cent, two of 85 per cent and two of 75 per cent at higher level will get 530 points under the new scale, 10 points less than on the current scale.

Relevant for? 

At both higher and ordinary level there will be eight new grades, with seven 10 per cent bands from 100 downwards to 30, and one band from 30 downwards. For example, under the old system a student who got a grade of 71 per cent in English and 79 per cent in History would have secured a B3 and a B2 respectively. Under the new system, a student would receive a H3 for both subjects.

Projects %

Higher level grade % Sample CAO points (HL) Ordinary level grade % Sample CAO points (OL)
H1 (90-100) 120 O1 (90-100) 73
H2 (80-89) 106 O2 (80-89) 60
H3 (70-79) 93 O3 (70-79) 47
H4 (60-69) 81 O4 (60-69) 34
H5 (50-59) 70 O5 (50-59) 21
H6 (40-49) 60 O6 (40-49) 8
H7 (30-39) 45 O7 (30-39) 0
H8 (0-29) 0 O8 (0-29) 0

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