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The link between IB performance and success at Cambridge

Research Date: 17/10/2012

Researcher: Dr Geoff Parks Senior Tutor, Jesus College

This study - Academic Performance of International Baccalaureate Students at Cambridge - examined the relationships between students' prior attainment in the IB and results achieved in Cambridge examinations, and showed that strong performance in the International Baccalaureate predicted success at Cambridge. Specifically, it found that two 7s in Higher Level subjects and overall scores of 39 or more for Science courses and of 42 or more for Arts and Social Sciences courses predicted a better-than-average likelihood of obtaining a II.1 or a First at Cambridge.

A* at A Level as a Predictor of Tripos Performance: An initial analysis

Research Date: 22/12/2011

Researcher: Dr Peter Chetwynd - Cambridge Admissions Office

This paper explored the interrelationship between achieved A* grades at A Level and University of Cambridge formal examination ('Tripos') performance at the end of students' first year of study in 2011. We believe that this was the first examination of the utility of A* as an indicator of potential for academic success at any university to have been made public.

Please note: This research has been placed into our Research Archive because it relies upon data from some time ago (2011).

UK State-Sector Undergraduate Admissions to Cambridge: What is an Achievable Target?

Research Date: 06/05/2011

Researcher: Richard Partington - Chair of Admissions Research Working Party

In the context of the University of Cambridge being required to establish a number of access milestones (or targets) as part of its Access Agreement with the Office For Fair Access (OFFA), this 2011 study examined the performance of state-sector students in 2010, and considered what proportion of state-sector admissions the University could realistically achieve.

Please note: This research has been placed into our Research Archive because it relies upon data from some time ago (2010).

A Levels are a strong indicator of degree potential

Research Date: 14/04/2011

Researcher: Richard Partington - Chair of Admissions Research Working Party

This study - Predictive Effectiveness of Metrics in Admission to the University of Cambridge - investigated which factors at admission provided the best indication of future undergraduate potential. A Levels and GCSEs, aptitude tests, school background and gender were all considered.

School background is not a factor in Cambridge degree success

Research Date: 19/04/2011

Researcher: Dr Geoff Parks - Director of Admissions for the Cambridge Colleges

This study - Academic Performance of Undergraduate Students at Cambridge by School/College Background - examined the distributions of results obtained in final examinations at the University of Cambridge by students who had attended UK independent, grammar and comprehensive schools, as well as other maintained sector institutions. The research found that students from different UK educational backgrounds did equally well at Cambridge.

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