We are changing how we look at English 12 and English 12 First Peoples. These are very important courses for UBC; all our degree programs require students to do a lot of writing. Lately, we have noticed that a lot of BC secondary school students are admitted with English 12 course grades that are much higher than their provincial exam grades. We know that there are lots of reasons why a student may do better in their course than on the exam but the difference between the two should not be big. When we determine which English grade to use in the calculation of the admission average, we will continue our current practice: use the course grade or a blend of course grade and provincial exam grade (60%/40%), whichever is higher. But here is what’s new: if we see a big difference (20% or more) between the English 12 or English 12 First Peoples course grade and the provincial exam grade, we reserve the right to use the exam grade only.
If students have already written the English 12 or English 12 First Peoples provincial and the grade is much lower than the course grade, we suggest that student re-write the provincial exam in January.
**** You have until Dec 14, 2012 to notify the office if you want to re-write the provincial exam***
Do Grade 12 second semester/final-term course grades count at all?
Even if a student has been given an early offer of admission based on grades self-reported in February or March, it’s really important that they continue to do well in their second semester/final term of Grade 12. Here’s why: students who are given admission based on grades self-reported in February – March must maintain their current level of academic standing through to their final grades. If the final grades drop a little, no problem – we know that grades can change a little and we’ll not penalize students if that happens. But if the overall average on final grades is a lot lower than the grades used to gain admission, the offer of admission may be revoked.
Our goal is not to rescind offers; our goal is to encourage students to keep studying right through to the end of their final year. So tell your students to keep up the hard work and they will be fine, even if their grades drop a little after they have been admitted.
How to self-report
Students currently attending BC/Yukon secondary schools (excluding students pursuing an International Baccalaureate Diploma) will self-report their grades between mid-February and late March – one month earlier than last year. Students must self-report their grades;applicants who do not self-report their grades will not be considered for admission for September 2013. To make things easy, we’ll email applicants a detailed set of self-reporting instructions closer to the date. All students will self-report via the Student Service Centre website using their Campus-wide Login name and password.