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Default IBCC Equivalence Formula for A level

RULES FOR EQUATING QUALIFICATIONS AND MARKS


1.1 EQUIVALENCE OF QUALIFICATIONS



1.1.1 General

The major principle for equivalence of qualification is to identify the relevant stage in Pak. System by considering the number of schooling years and subjects of a foreign system, if the system does not match with the Pakistani model.

1.1.2 British System

A) GCE O Level, GCSE, IGCSE and Equivalent:

GCE O Level is considered equivalent to Secondary School Certificate (SSC) subject to meeting the requirement of Scheme of Studies as under:

i) Pakistan Based Examinations: Eight subjects including Compulsory English, Mathematics, Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies and three electives.

ii) Overseas Based Examinations: Five subjects including English, Mathematics and three electives.



To qualify for Science Group it is necessary to pass Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology/Computer Science. Rest will be placed in General/Arts/Humanities Group.

B) GCE A Level and Equivalent:

GCE O and A level are considered equivalent to Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC/Intermediate) subject to meeting the specified requirement for various stream/groups as under:

i) Pre-Medical Group: Eight/five O level subjects (including English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) and three A levels (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) with minimum E Grade.

ii) Pre-Engineering Group: Eight/five O level subjects (including English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics Biology/Computer Studies) and three A level subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) with minimum E Grade.

iii) General Science Group: Eight/five O level subjects with three A level subjects

iv) Humanities Group: Eight/five O level subjects including English and Mathematics with three A level subjects.

a- All Pakistani nationals appearing for examinations from Pakistan shall have to pass Urdu, Islamiyat, Pakistan Studies and Mathematics along with other required subjects to qualify for equivalence.



i. If a Pakistani/dual national candidate studies and appears for examination from abroad, Urdu, Islamiyat and Pakistan Studies will not be considered compulsory requirements.



1.1.3 American System

i) Equivalence with SSC: Grade 9 and 10 from Accredited institutions with required number of credits.

ii) Equivalence with HSSC: Grade 11 and 12 from Accredited institutions having Diploma with required number of credits.

1.1.4 Other Countries

i) Equivalence with SSC passing of Grade 10 (10 years of schooling) from recognized examination Board or accredited institution.

ii) Equivalence with HSSC: passing of Grade 12 (12 years of schooling) from recognized Board or accredited institution.

1.2 CONVERSION OF GRADES/MARKS

1.2.1 General

i) For conversion into SSC equivalent marks five subjects at Secondary level or equivalent (10 years of schooling) including English, three electives (Physics, Chemistry, mathematics/Biology) and one overall best. (Being reviewed may be revised at any time)

ii) For conversion into HSSC equivalent marks five subjects at HSSC level or equivalent. (12 years of schooling including English, three electives (Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics) and one overall best. (Being reviewed may be revised at any time)





British System



A. GCE O Level , GCSE, IGCSE and Equivalent:

i) For conversion into SSC equivalent marks (grades of all the eight/ five subjects will be calculated for conversion into Pakistani marks.

ii) To qualify for Science Group Physics, Chemistry Mathematics and Biology/Computer Science are pre-requisite.



B. GCE A Level/HSSC or equivalent:

For conversion into HSSC equivalent marks:

i) Pre-Medical: Eight/Five subjects of O Level including English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology/Computer Studies plus three subjects of A level i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

ii) Pre-Engineering: Eight/Five subjects of O level including English, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology/Computer Studies plus three subjects of A level i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

iii) Humanities/General Group: Eight/Five subjects of O level including English plus three subjects of GCE A level.



1.2.2 American System

i) SSC: Two Years High School course (Grade-9 & 10) five academic subjects from Grade-9 and

five academic subjects from Grade-10, i.e. English, three elective subjects and one overall best academic subject.

ii) HSSC: Completion of four years High School diploma and five academic subjects including English, three elective subject and one overall best academic subject at Grade 11 and 12 (excluding P. E. Drama, Music, Dance, etc. and study skills courses). (Grouping is subjected to qualifying required subjects as above.



1.2.3 Canadian System

a. The certificates and grades awarded by overseas accredited Examination Boards / Authority / Syndicate shall be equated as per approved formula of IBCC. The certificates and grades awarded by the institutions shall be first equated as per above formula and then subjected to further deduction of 10% marks (being internal evaluation). The actual marks from any foreign Examination Board / Authority / Institution will not be considered as such but treated as per formula of the IBCC for conversion.



b. Any action/admission on the basis of provisional certificate will be at the risk and cost of the candidate.



c. The IBCC reserves the right to withdraw and / or change / correct its certificates.



d. Afghan qualification holders will be subjected to verification from issuing authority before issuance of Equivalence Certificate.



e. Non-Muslim Pakistanis will pass Ethics in lieu of Islamiyat.



f. Students of American type schools located in Pakistan shall have to complete the criteria laid down for LPS and AES*



g. No certificate shall be issued to candidates having incomplete number of required subjects/credits.



h. Appeal against these regulations first lies before the Chairman, IBCC and then the second before the Secretary, Ministry of Education being the Controlling authority of the IBCC. After having availed of remedies in the form of two appeals, if anyone still feels aggrieved, he may seek remedy, if any through court.



*LPS : stands for Local Private Schools following American System of Education, AES: American Embassy Schools in Pakistan.

METHODS FOR DETERMINING EQUIVALENCE OF FOREIGN QUALIFICATION





When an applicant approaches the IBCC Office for the determination of the equivalence of his/her foreign qualification the prescribed proforma/questionnaire is required to be filled by him/her. Through this questionnaire information about the following points is obtained:



(i) Accreditation/recognition status of institution:

The applicant is required to furnish information or documentary proof of the accreditation/recognition status of the institution from where he/she has passed the examination. If the Certificate/Diploma awarding body is the board or University then it is to be proved that it is authorised by Government of the country concerned to conduct examinations and issue Certificate/diplomas.



(ii) Duration of the courses of study:

While determining the equivalence of the Certificate/Diploma it is kept in mind as to what is the duration of the course of study leading to the earning of the particular Certificate/Diploma. The duration of the foreign Certificate/Diploma should not be in any case less than the duration of the similar certificate or diploma in Pakistan. It may be more.



(iii) The intensity of the course:

Alongwith the duration of the course of study, the number of days of study in a year and of hour of study in a day are also considered.



(iv) Course contents:

When new cases of equivalence are determined the syllabus and course contents are also to be compared with the syllabus and course contents of the similar Certificate/diploma in Pakistan.



(v) Reference to the Ministries of Education and Embassies of the Foreign Countries:

In some cases the IBCC office seeks information or guidance from either the embassies of concerned countries in Pakistan or from the Ministries of Education of those countries through our embassies there.



(vi) Translation of the original Certificate:

In many cases of foreign Certificate/Diplomas are in the national languages of those countries. In this case we get the Certificate/Diploma translated in English or in Urdu by National Institute of Modern Language in Islamabad.



(vii) Consultation of subject experts:

In some cases the advice of the subject experts or experts of the specialised area is sought. Cases are also sent to the Technical Boards for their views.



(viii) Consultation of the British Council Guide to International Qualifications:

In some cases we also consult the British Council Guide to International Qualifications of various countries, which is very useful.












IGCSE/GCE O level




Grades


Pak. Marks
A*


90

A


85

B


75

C


65

D


55

E


45

F (before June 2010)


40

G (before June 2010)


35







(For Medical/Pre-Engineering Group) Subject of GCE O level


Grade


Pak Marks

English Language


A*


90

Urdu


A*


90

Islamiyat


A*


90

Pakistan Studies


A*


90

Physics


A*


90

Chemistry


A*


90

Biology


A*


90

Mathematics/Computer Studies/I.T/ICT




A*


90

TOTAL





720









Total =

720 900 = 810/900

800












(For Medical/Pre-Engineering Group) Subject of GCE O level


Grade


Pak Marks

English Language


A*


90

Urdu


A*


90

Islamiyat


A*


90

Pakistan Studies


A*


90

Physics


A*


90

Chemistry


A*


90

Biology


A*


90

Mathematics


A*


90

TOTAL





720

Subject of GCE A level







Physics


A*


90

Chemistry


A*


90

Biology or Mathematics


A*


90

TOTAL





270









Total



990 1100 = 990/1100 (Pre-Medical / Pre-Engineering group)

1100


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