Post A Levels Tips 101: The Indicative Grade Profile


Posted February 26, 2020
Last modified February 26, 2020

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Learn more about the IGP, how to read it and what it means!

Congratulations on receiving your 'A' Level results! As you decide on your university course choices, you may have some questions about how you can use your IGP to get into local universities as well as some of the terminology used by university admissions. Read on, for we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions!

What is the Indicative Grade Profile?

The Indicative Grade Profile, or IGP for short, shows the grade profiles of students accepted at the 10th and 90th percentile for each university course. 

What do you mean by the 10th percentile and 90th percentile?

This is best explained by the following example. If the 10th percentile grade profile is ABC/A (3H2/1H1), it means that 90% of the applicants offered places score above ABC/A. If the 90th percentile grade is AAA/B, it means 10% of the successful applicants score above AAA/B. You can use the same method to interpret the 10th percentile and 90th percentile for Polytechnic applicants.

The IGP for A Level students shows only the best 3 H2 content subjects and one H1 subject. It assumes that a C is obtained for both GP and PW in the grade profile.

For students taking 4H2 content subjects, the worst-performing H2 is converted to H1. For example, a PCME student scoring A for H2 Physics, Chemistry and Math but a B for H2 Economics will have their Economics treated as a H1 subject and calculated accordingly. Thus, they will receive a grade profile of AAA/B.

How does H1 MT/HMT factor into my results?

If you took higher mother tongue (HMT), an A1/A2 translates to a H1 MT grade of A, B3/B4 to B, C5 to C, C6 to D and D7 to E.

Add the RP of your H1 MT grade (A = 10 RP, B = 8.75 and so on) to your total RP, divide by 100 and multiply by 90. This will be your new RP. If and only if it is higher than your original RP, this will be considered for university admission instead. 

Closing notes

It is important to note that the IGP only serves as an indication of the course’s competitiveness so that students can make more informed choices, and is by no means a cut-off point. This means that applicants who do not meet the grade profiles on the table can still be accepted and vice versa; it highly depends on the demand for course vacancies in the year of application. Additionally, different universities may have other requirements. For example, SMU requires most of its ccandidate to attend interviews for admission into their courses.

A few additional points that you might want to note:

  1. The IGP does not include the grade profiles of students entering via the Discretionary Admission (DA) framework.
  2. DA will be removed from 2020 onwards and will be replaced by the Aptitude Based Admissions Scheme, or ABAS for short.

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