Call to end predicted grades at UK universities 英大學應停用“高考”預測成績錄取新生

How accurate are predicted grades? Why do some UK lecturers want to stop people using them when applying for university?
Predicted grades problem.

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英國學校的校長和老師們紛紛呼籲,英國大學應停止使用預測成績錄取學生。一項來自英國大學學院工會的研究稱,沒有任何一個發達國家會根據學生自己的估分情況來進行錄取工作。

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The lecturer’s union says people should know their final exam results before applying for university rather than relying on what it calls ‘highly inaccurate predicted grades‘.

英國大學學院工會稱報考大學的學生應在得到自己的考試成績後再申請學校,而不應該依賴於人們俗稱的“高度不準確的預測成績”來選院校。

The most recent figures show that about three quarters of applicants got worse results than their teachers had forecast.

最新的數據顯示,有四分之三左右的申請者的考試成績比老師預估的成績要差。 

Head teachers have backed the calls for a change saying that relying on predicted grades is out of date and no longer fit for purpose.

很多校長們支持要求改變的呼聲,他們說依靠預測成績的方法已經過時,不再適用。 

But the university admissions service, UCAS, wants to keep the current timetable saying that if applications began after the academic year had finished, poorer students would have less access to advice from their teachers.

但負責大學招生工作的英國大學和學院招生服務中心希望保留現行的招生時間表,因為如果等學年結束之後再開始申請大學,那麼家境較貧困的學生從老師那裡得到的報考建議將會減少。

1. 詞彙表

applying 申請
relying 依靠
highly inaccurate 極不準確的
grades 成績
forecast 預測
backed 支持
out of date 過時的
fit for purpose 適用於某事

2. 閱讀理解:請在讀完上文後,回答下列問題。

1. What do some lecturers and head teachers think is wrong with predicted grades?

2. According to figures, how many university applicants achieved exam grades that were predicted or better than expected?

3. True or false? Head teachers think that predicted grades help poorer students get a place at university.

4. Why does UCAS think poorer students would be disadvantaged if predicted grades were abolished?

3. 答案

1. What do some lecturers and head teachers think is wrong with predicted grades? 
They are highly inaccurate in predicting the grade a student will get in the real exam.

2. According to figures, how many university applicants achieved exam grades that were predicted or better than expected?
A quarter of applicants achieved this – the most recent figures show that about three quarters of applicants got worse results than their teachers had forecast.

3. True or false? Head teachers think that predicted grades help poorer students get a place at university.
False. Head teachers want to stop predicted grades saying that relying on predicted grades is out-of-date and no longer fit for purpose.

4. Why does UCAS think poorer students would be disadvantaged if predicted grades were abolished?
It thinks poorer students would have less access to advice from their teachers.

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