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How Do Primary School Grades Work?



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By : Deborah Pearson    9 or more times read
Submitted 2017-11-08 07:54:56
Just like most countries all over the globe, the education system of Singapore can be categorized into a number of different stages. These stages include Preschool, Primary School, Secondary School, Pre-University and University. A child must complete each of these stages, and will be certified according to their results.

The Preschool section is reserved for toddlers and babies, and no examination is conducted for the kids. Barring the Preschool stage, the remaining stages of the education system comprises of different sets of examinations and tests that determine the academic performance of the students. Based on their performances in these examinations, the students are allocated grades that have a lot of implications for their further studies. Now, the examinations for each of these stages differ from that of the others in some aspects or the other. This also calls for a differentiation in the grading systems for each of these stages.

How does the grading system in the primary stage work?
For any child in Singapore, their grades in the Primary, Secondary, Pre-University and University stages hold the most significance with regards to their careers at later stages. Hence, it is important for every student to understand how the grading systems work from the Primary stage and upwards, and obtain as good grades as possible.

Earlier, primary schools as well as international schools in Singapore followed a primary school grading system that was along the lines of "Achievement Bands". This system allotted different bands to students based on their scores and performances in the examinations that they appeared in each of the classes of the Primary stage. However, this system was later discontinued in favor of the now prevalent "Overall Grading System". This grading system allots students grades on the basis of their scores in the examinations instead of bands. This grading system can be classified into the following:

From Primary 1 to Primary 4
Band 1 - Students achieving overall scores between 85 and 100 out of a total score of 100 in their Primary examinations are classified under this band.
Band 2 - Students achieving overall scores between 70 and 84 out of a total score of 100 in their Primary examinations are classified under this band.
Band 3 - Students achieving overall scores between 50 and 69 out of a total score of 100 in their Primary examinations are classified under this band.
Band 4 - Students achieving overall scores of 49 or lower out of a total score of 100 in their Primary examinations are classified under this band.

Primary 5 to Primary 6 (Standard Stream)
Grade A* - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score of 91 percent or above in their examinations.
Grade A - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 75 percent and below 91 percent in their examinations.
Grade B - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 60 percent and below 75 percent in their examinations.
Grade C - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 50 percent and below 60 percent in their examinations.
Grade D - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 35 percent and below 50 percent in their examinations.
Grade E - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 20 percent and below 35 percent in their examinations.
Grade U - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score below 20 percent in their examinations.

Primary 5 to Primary 6 (Foundation Stream)
Grade 1 - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 85 percent in their examinations.
Grade 2 - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 70 percent and below 85 percent in their examinations.
Grade 3 - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 50 percent and below 70 percent in their examinations.
Grade 4 - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score anywhere above 30 percent and below 50 percent in their examinations.
Grade U - This grade is allotted to every student who achieves a score below 30 percent in their examinations.

The overall scores are determined by calculating the percentage of marks scored in all of the subjects included in that particular class of the Primary stage. These differentiations in the primary school grades then determine the academic paths that the students are eligible for pursuing in the later stages of their academic careers. Students must also obtain a minimum grade to be eligible for promotion to the next step of their current stage. Hence, the grading system serves as the benchmark against which the academic qualifications of students are determined. Students need to understand this grading system and work accordingly to achieve their desired academic goals.
Author Resource:- Derek Tan writes articles relating to education. Please visit Canadian International School for more information.
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