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    Hey y'all.

    I found this on CIE's website:

    “The University of Cambridge recognises that PUM in Cambridge International A Levels are calculated differently from UMS in UK A Levels, and takes this into account when making admissions decisions.”

    Does this mean that a percentage in a CIE AS subject won't be the equivalent to, for example, an OCR AS subject?

    Eg a 96 PUM in CIE AS History could actually be lower than a 96 in OCR's AS History (or higher maybe) in the eyes of Cambridge's admissions people? Because the grade thresholds for the two exam boards do seem different:

    This place says 72/100 in two history modules will give you 80 UMS for OCR. But this place says that 60/100 or 61/100 will give you a PUM of 80 for CIE. Say what? The papers themselves are pretty much the same.

    And this be CIE/Cambridge Uni's statement on the matter:

    https://ask.cie.org.uk/hc/en-gb/arti...ark-Scale-UMS-

    Actually, upon reading that again, I notice that CIE states specifically at the start that "This will not affect your application to university," but Cambridge's own statement implies that it will, since they say they'll "take this into account when making admissions decisions."

    Guys what does "take into account" mean? What does it meeannan!??!?!
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    Hey y'all.

    I found this on CIE's website:

    “The University of Cambridge recognises that PUM in Cambridge International A Levels are calculated differently from UMS in UK A Levels, and takes this into account when making admissions decisions.”

    Does this mean that a percentage in a CIE AS subject won't be the equivalent to, for example, an OCR AS subject?

    Eg a 96 PUM in CIE AS History could actually be lower than a 96 in OCR's AS History (or higher maybe) in the eyes of Cambridge's admissions people? Because the grade thresholds for the two exam boards do seem different:

    This place says 72/100 in two history modules will give you 80 UMS for OCR. But this place says that 60/100 or 61/100 will give you a PUM of 80 for CIE. Say what? The papers themselves are pretty much the same.

    And this be CIE/Cambridge Uni's statement on the matter:

    https://ask.cie.org.uk/hc/en-gb/arti...ark-Scale-UMS-

    Actually, upon reading that again, I notice that CIE states specifically at the start that "This will not affect your application to university," but Cambridge's own statement implies that it will, since they say they'll "take this into account when making admissions decisions."

    Guys what does "take into account" mean? What does it meeannan!??!?!
    PUMS has been discussed in the forum a number of times. Try a search

    And you can also ask the AT directly here in his thread.

    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4327946
    Ask an Admissions Tutor X: 20 September -15 October

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