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1 AACRAO Conference March 2007 Cambridge examinations: What Admissions Officers want to know

2 Seminar content Introduction to CIE CIE examinations Equivalency CIE in the USA CIE database How can CIE help you?

3 The organisation

4 Cambridge Assessment (formerly UCLES) founded 1858 Examining internationally since 1863 a non-teaching Department of the University of Cambridge, England

5 CIE Dedicated to: Working in partnership with education providers worldwide to deliver high quality, leadingedge assessment solutions Educational opportunities for all Providing a coherent product portfolio which meets customer needs

6 The Cambridge Continuum Cambridge International Primary Programme ICT Starters Cambridge International Lower Secondary Programme IGCSE & O Level AS & A Level AICE Cambridge Pre-U Diploma Suite of vocational diplomas

7 IGCSE & O Level O Level offered for over 50 years IGCSE since 1988 Equivalent to GCSE in UK Wide range of subjects IGCSE Grades A*-G O Level Grades A-E only Group awards (ICE & School Cert)

8 O/IGCSE Grade Comparison O Level A B C D E IGCSE A*, A B C D E F G

9 IGCSE Grading Comparison USA Cambridge A+,A A*, A Excellent A-,B+ B B C Good C+ D C E Satisfactory D+ F D G F U

10 AS and A Level A Level offered for over 50 years AS since 2001 International relevance Flexible Available in a wide range of subjects Exams held in June and November Passing grades A - E

11 A/AS Grading Comparison USA Cambridge A+,A A Excellent A-,B+ B B C Good C+ D C E Satisfactory F U

12 The AICE Diploma Group award made up of AS and A Levels Broad curriculum Six credits Research project option Diploma with Distinction, Merit or Pass Points system

13 AICE Diploma DOUBLE CREDIT STUDY (A LEVEL) Grade Points A 120 B 100 C 80 D 60 E 40 FULL CREDIT STUDY (AS LEVEL) Grade Points A 60 B 50 C 40 D 30 E 20

14 Statement of Results A statement of results is provided for each candidate. The statement lists each of the components that the candidate was entered for and the syllabus grades that have been achieved in each case. For Group Award candidates the statement will show the result achieved in the ICE or AICE (Diploma) Group Award.

15 Sample certificate IGCSE

16 Sample certificate A & AS Level

17 Sample certificate AICE

18 CIE information available Database of recognition searchable by country and qualification US Briefing Document for Admissions Counsellors Recognition and Equivalency Help Pack Cambridge Qualifications Framework Recognition FAQs UK universities accepting IGCSE E2L

19 Where to find the information? Available on the website by going to CIE home page, clicking on the recognition link and all the documents are available on that page. Click on Search Recognitions to search by country and qualification in the recognition database.

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25 CIE in the USA In the beginning 1995 a Florida public high school introduced AICE in USA as a means to raise the bar for student achievement using an internationally relevant curriculum and assessment Program with the common goal of preparing students to compete internationally (Blue Print 2000 goal)

26 Development of the AICE Program Pilot Study Comparing AICE with IB from conducted by Florida DOE Findings: Equally rigorous academically Both offer well-balanced curricula, high academic standards, practical real world applications, and international perspectives AICE emphasizes extremely flexible curriculum that can be tailored to individual students interests and future plans

27 CIE in the USA Funding and state legislature Based on pilot study results, school districts in Florida receive the same recognition, support and state level funding for AS and A levels as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB).

28 CIE in the USA Student performance University of Florida study AICE program students end of freshman year GPA was 3.46 exceeding IB and AP students as a group. Washington post academic challenge index AICE (AS/A Level) now included along with IB and AP Brentsville District High School Blue Ribbon 2004 only high school in Virginia to qualify since No Child Left Behind standards have been required as part of Blue Ribbon Award.

29 CIE in the USA Location of schools Cambridge has introduced and offered its academic continuum to schools in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and Wisconsin

30 CIE in the USA Future developments CIE is introducing its academic continuum to schools in California and New York at the present time.

31 Developing Successful Students

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