P3 Banding... confused

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P3 Banding... confused

Postby sunshine2005 » Fri May 16, 2014 10:00 am

Hi parents
How does banding in P3 work?
Is the cut off at 80 or 85?
Each subject has a different banding is it?

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby Traceyt » Fri May 16, 2014 11:07 am

Have you read this article from MOE? http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/primary ... anding.pdf

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby Champion » Fri May 16, 2014 11:25 am

:smile: Hi, are you referring to the Descriptors for achievement band?

Achievement Band & Mark Range

Band 1 (85 - 100) - Is very good at the subject
Band 2 (70 - 84) - Is good in the subject
Band 3 (50 - 69) - Has adequate grasp of the subject
Band 4 (0 - 49) - Has not met minimum requirements for the subject

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby sunshine2005 » Mon May 19, 2014 9:59 pm

Thanks a bunch.. this makes it clearer... I will read the moe website now

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby sunshine2005 » Tue May 27, 2014 10:15 pm

Champion wrote::smile: Hi, are you referring to the Descriptors for achievement band?

Achievement Band & Mark Range

Band 1 (85 - 100) - Is very good at the subject
Band 2 (70 - 84) - Is good in the subject
Band 3 (50 - 69) - Has adequate grasp of the subject
Band 4 (0 - 49) - Has not met minimum requirements for the subject

Question
How does the percentages for Ca1 n Sa1 count to the total score?

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby 2snoopy » Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:51 pm

What is the benefit to PSLE if taking standard and higher mother tongue language? Which mother tongue language score will PSLE use to calculate if a student takes both?

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby Norbu » Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:06 pm

[quote="2snoopy"]What is the benefit to PSLE if taking standard and higher mother tongue language? Which mother tongue language score will PSLE use to calculate if a student takes both?[/quote]

For my kids school, the children will only be offered Higher mother tongue if the children score band 1 in all 4 subjects in P4.
Their reason is that the T-score will take the 4 core subjects which include standard mother tongue.
(this means if taking HMT, when exam comes, the children will exam in 5 subjects, which is English, math, mt, science and hmt)

HMT will only add 1, 2 or 3 point max into the t-score. (if not mistaken, 1 point in hmt is only after 70%, below 70% is thank you for participating.

the estimated different in result in mt and hmt difference is ard 10% to 20%.

imo if std mt is scoring below 80% don't see the point in taking hmt and would suggest opt out of hmt and spend more time in other subjects and improve on that.

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby hquek » Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:14 pm

and umm, HMT adds those points to T score ONLY if the child is going for SAP sec schools. If non sec schools, HMT won't add anything.

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby Momokosan » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:07 pm

The bonus points of HMT is very useful if applying to SAP schools. Some of my classmates would not be able to get in if without utilising the HMT bonus points. You don't need to be excelled in HMT, or go all the way out to study for it. Some of these classmates also able to get at least 1 point. But if the child already has difficulty in handling MT, then no choice, either opt out or the sch would not even offer HMT to the child.

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Re: P3 Banding... confused

Postby MMM » Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:19 pm

Personally, if HMT is manageable for the child, it's good to continue.

From PSLE perspective, yes, 1-3 points will be added to their tscore only if they are applying for SAP schools.

Beyond PSLE, taking HMT at O levels will give the child 2 bonus points. So to me, HMT is a strategic subject. We should encourage the child to take it if they can manage.

Saw that the thread is about P3 banding. In our case (SAP school), even if the child is not up to mark for CL, parents can still appeal for the child to take HMT in P4. I think the decision point is P5 results. They must pass HMT paper and get at least 70 marks for CL before they can proceed with HMT in PSLE.

After having just gone through 2 PSLEs, on hindsight, P3 is still early days. So even if the child results is so so, there are still hope.

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