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Academic point calculation For SPM & STPM

by StudyMalaysia.com on February 23, 2015 | Useful Topics

Academic Point Calculation for Admission into Public Higher Educational Institutions in Malaysia, or Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA)

Under this segment, the SPM and STPM school leavers will find the information provided here especially useful as the academic point calculation for entry into public instituons of higher learning in Malaysia or known as Institusi Pengajian Tinggi Awam (IPTA) is carefully explained and described here.

Candidates with SPM Qualification

For SPM candidates, the calculation of points for entry into Diploma programmes at IPTA is on a 120-point scale that is based on 8 subjects, that is, 5 out of 6 core subjects (90 points) plus three of the remaining best subjects (30 points). Extra-curricular activities will only be used as a tiebreaker in an event where 2 or more students’ graders for their papers are the same.

Allocation of Academic Points to SPM subjects

Grade Points allocated
1A18
2A16
3B14
4B12
5C10
6C8
7D6
8E4
9G0

The 5 core subjects for Science Stream

  • Mathematics
  • Additional Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry and
  • Biology or any of the following subjects:
    Civil/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Studies, Invention, Engineering Drawing, Home Science, Agricultural Science, Information Technology, Principles of Accounts, Commerce and Basic Economics.

The 5 core subjects for Arts Stream

  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and
  • Islamic Studies / Moral Studies / Al-Quran and As-Sunnah Studies and Syariah Islamic Studies.

Example of Academic Point Calculation (Science Stream) 1) Science Stream with 9 subjects
Nos. Subjects Grade
1. Mathematics 1A
2. Additional Mathematics 1A
3. Physics 1A
4. Chemistry 1A
5. Biology 1A
6. Bahasa Malaysia 1A
7. English 1A
8. Islamic Studies 1A
9. History 1A

a) Allocation of Academic Points for 5 core subjects
Nos. Subjects Grade Marks Allocated
1. Mathematics 1A 18
2. Additional Mathematics 1A 18
3. Physics 1A 18
4. Chemistry 1A 18
5. Biology 1A 18

b) Allocation of Academic Points for 3 best subjects
Nos. Subjects Grade Marks Allocated
1. Bahasa Malaysia 1A 18
2. Islamic Studies 1A 18
3. History 1A 18

Method of Merit Calculation

Points from (a)
 
Marks of 5 core subjects X 90
90
= 90 X 90
90
 = 90
Points from (b) Marks of 3 other subjects X 30
54
= 54 X 30
54
= 30
Total Points (a) + (b) = 90 + 30 = 120

For candidates with less than 8 subjects, they will not achieve full marks; and Candidates with STPM Qualifications

For STPM Level leavers, the calculation of total academic points by BPKP for entry into public universities is based on STPM candidates’ performance in four of their best STPM subjects including the Pengajian Am (General Paper). An average of the student’s 4 best grades (including General Paper) is calculated.

The calculation is based on Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), which is similar to the points system of Matriculation Programmes. Extra-curricular activities will only be used as a tiebreaker in an event where 2 or more students’ graders for their papers are the same.

STPM Grades Points
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
F 0.00

Calculation of CGPA: Example 1
Nos Subjects Grade Points
1 General Paper A 4.00
2 Physics A 4.00
3 Chemistry A 4.00
4 Biology A 4.00
Total Point Value = 4.00 + 4.00 + 4.00 + 4.00
CGPA                 = 16.00 / 4
                           = 4.00
16.00

Calculation of CGPA: Example 2
Nos Subjects Grade Points
1 General Paper B+ 3.33
2 Physics B 3.00
3 Chemistry A- 3.67
4 Biology A 4.00
Total Point Value = 3.33 + 3.00 + 3.67 + 4.00
CGPA                 = 114.00 / 4
                           = 3.50
14.00

Calculation of Co-Curriculum Points
The average points of the best 2 out of 3 fields ascertained will be taken, that is, Physical Education/Games, Uniformed Teams and Clubs/Associations. The total points will be 10 points.

b) Allocation of Academic Points for 3 best subjects
Nos. Field A Activities B Position C Regularity Total
1. Physical Education/Games Code 5 5 10
2. Uniformed Teams Code 5 2 8
3. Clubs/Associations Code 5 3 7

Source: Brochures from the Ministry of Education Malaysia

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