The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) is the qualification most equivalent to GCSEs. Just like GCSEs, it is a two-year programme students study with the result being certified by examinations. IGCSEs have the same grading system as GCSEs.
GCSE equivalence meant that you had achieved a standard which was accepted as equivalent to GCSE by local higher education institutions, in the subject studied (English, mathematics or science).
GCSEs are awarded on a graded scale, and cross two levels of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF): Level 1 and Level 2. These two levels roughly correspond, respectively, to foundation and higher tier in tiered GCSE qualifications. Level 1 qualifications constitute GCSEs at grades G, F, E, and D or 1, 2, and 3.
5 GCSE passes at grade C or higher are considered the rough equivalent of a US High School Diploma (without Honors or 'Advanced Placement' (AP) classes). This will be sufficient for a student to gain entry to less selective US colleges and universities.
Standard Grades were national qualifications awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). They were assessed by exams which were normally taken by Scottish pupils in the fourth year, a.k.a S4 (at age 15/16). They're commonly referred to by the rest of the UK as the equivalent to GCSEs.
In broad terms, National 5 (N5) qualifications are the Scottish equivalent of the GCSE. The N5 is the more academically advanced of the qualifications, with candidates being awarded the qualification at grades A, B, C and D. Scottish National 5 certificates grade A to C are equivalent to GCSEs grade grade 4 to 9.
High School Graduation Diploma is considered comparable to GCSE (grades A*-C / 9-4), for every Grade 12 level subject passed High School Graduation Diploma (with a minimum 3.0 GPA), plus three Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations at grade 3 or higher. This must include science, if applying for a science degree. We also ...
Whether your secondary school wants to is a different matter. There's no conversion between SATs and GCSEs.
For those considering US universities, the American equivalent for A Levels are the AP examinations.
There are three main types: BTEC Firsts (a Level 2 qualification), BTEC Nationals (a Level 3 qualification) and BTEC Higher Nationals (a Level 5 qualification). BTEC Nationals are the ones that are equivalent to A-levels, recommended for those who have achieved at least four A*-C grades at GCSE.
The GCE Ordinary Level (known as the O-Level) was abolished in 1987 and replaced by the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). The change was made to create a national qualification for those who wanted to leave school at 16 without attempting A-levels or pursuing a university education.
A-Levels focus on very specific topics and try to maximize the difficulty. This is the opposite of GCSE, where your learning is broader and covers more subject areas with easier content. Not to say that GCSEs are easy, because they most certainly aren't.
A Level 1 qualification is equivalent to GCSE grade D-G level. A Level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE grade A*-C level. A Level 3 qualification is equivalent to A Level.
A level 2 qualification is similar to having GCSE grade equivalents at grade A*–C or 4-9.
What are the new grades? The new GCSEs will be graded 9–1, rather than A*–G, with grade 5 considered a good pass and grade 9 being the highest and set above the current A*. The government's definition of a 'good pass' will be set at grade 5 for reformed GCSEs. A grade 4 will continue to be a Level 2 achievement.
In the US, you would be taking your GCSE's in the "tenth grade". Instead of colleges, you have high schools that last four years (starting in the 9th grade) and so you should contact schools directly asking if they accept students (most of them will) as you would be applying to the 11th grade after your GCSE's.
In England and Wales, the high school diploma is considered to be at the level of the General Certificate of Education (GCE), which is awarded at Year 13.
Generally speaking, academically the UK secondary model is probably more stretching than the US one, (although of course you have to choose the right subjects...), and lots of UK students studying in the US have spoken about how the first year (sometimes two years) of their university education really wasn't much ...
At school, we can choose at year 9 between the British and American curriculums, and everyone considers the iGCSEs way tougher. There's two British program year 11 classrooms and 6 American program ones. They tell us that the GCSEs are way harder..
SATs are intended to test your reasoning ability. A-levels and Highers are intended to test your understanding of everything you've learned in the past two years of school.
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There's no absolute SAT requirement at Harvard, but they really want to see at least a 1460 to have a chance at being considered.
The completion of A Levels is considered equal to the completion of the 11th and 12th classes of the high school.
Currently, in India, there is High School Leaving Certificate- HSLC or Secondary School Certificate- SSC or 10th Exams. After the declaration of 10th result , students can apply for various technical and non-technical diploma courses.
The GED is recognized nationally as an acceptable substitute for a high school diploma and is a valuable asset for pursuing career and educational opportunities. It has tests in math, reading, writing, social studies and science. You can take the test in English or Spanish.
Simply put, Scottish Highers are the Scottish equivalent to A-Levels. They are courses that students aged 16-18 in Scotland sit that can lead to university, further study, training or work. You normally take on four to five Highers and start them in the fifth year of secondary school.