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New findings from a study by Cambridge International and Arizona State University in USA show that students who took the Cambridge IGCSE programme demonstrated higher average SAT and ACT scores compared to both the state and national average, with the average SAT and ACT score being 1255 and 24.0 respectively for Cambridge students.
The research study ("Cambridge IGCSE Performance and First Year Performance at Arizona State University") highlights findings on 924 high school students who participated in Cambridge International programmes between 2011 and 2018 and enrolled at ASU. Of the 924 high school students, 50 per cent of students identified as Hispanic/Latino.
Cambridge IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, offering over 70 course subjects for schools to choose from. Cambridge IGCSE is popular among schools in Arizona because it provides the preparation all students need for advanced coursework in high school, first-year college coursework, or dual enrollment. Further, in Arizona, students can earn the Grand Canyon High School Diploma by taking Cambridge IGCSE courses.
"ASU is steadfast in our commitment to improving the college-readiness of Arizona high school students. We are encouraged by the results to date from Arizona students who have participated in Cambridge International's college preparation curriculum," said Kent Hopkins, Vice President of Academic Enterprise Enrollment at ASU. "Developing research fundamentals and critical thinking, as well as exposure to interdisciplinary learning, helps students gain skills that prepare them to succeed at a major research university like ASU. The development of these skills is core to the Cambridge curriculum."
Other key findings included:
"Too many students who graduate from high school are unprepared for college, so we are very pleased to see that our Cambridge programmes demonstrate college readiness for Arizona students," said Mark Cavone, Regional Director of Cambridge International in North America. "Our programme produces well-rounded students who are prepared for Arizona higher education institutions, and challenges students to meet their full potential."
The Cambridge IGCSE Performance and First Year Performance at Arizona State University study was a joint effort by Cambridge International and Arizona State University. Since Cambridge International launched its first partnership with Arizona schools in 2010, nearly 19,000 Arizona high school students have taken assessments for Cambridge Advanced (International AS Level & A Level) and Pre-Advanced (IGCSE). By mastering Cambridge IGCSE courses, a student can earn the Grand Canyon High School Diploma, meaning that a student has mastered the material and is academically prepared to take college level courses without remediation. The Grand Canyon High School Diploma is available to any Arizona student who demonstrates college and career readiness in all core subject areas of English, mathematics, science, history and the arts before they leave high school.
Over 850 universities in the US, including many state systems and all Ivy League institutions, recognise the Cambridge Advanced programme. Cambridge Advanced (International AS & A Level) exams offer students the opportunity to earn college credit at many US higher education institutions while in high school.
Read key findings from the research study.
Read the full US press release.