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Assessing the equivalencies of the UCAS tariff for different qualifications

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Gill, Tim 

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In the United Kingdom (UK) the Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS) provides the application process for most universities. The UCAS tariff points system is used by universities to help them select students for their courses. Each grade in eligible qualifications is allocated a points score,which can then be summed in order to provide an overall points score for each student. The allocation of points is such that,in theory,students with the same overall points score gained from different qualifications can be considered to be of equivalent ability or potential. The purpose of this article is to test whether this assumption works in practice, by calculating empirical equivalencies of the UCAS tariff for different qualification.

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Evaluation of assessment, Standards, Higher/Further Education

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Research Matters

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Research Division, Cambridge University Press & Assessment

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