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Academic Year and Education System

Academic Year and Education System

Academic Year –

The academic year differs from one institution to another. Each university has its own timetable, but generally, the year is split into three semesters/trimesters of 12 weeks each, with a two-week break during the semester and a longer six-week break in the middle of the year.

The university year generally begins in late February or early March and ends in October. Most courses are ‘full year’ courses, but some courses can be completed in just one semester. It’s sometimes possible to start university in July.

Classes are held Monday to Friday, with libraries and some other support services open on weekends. Examinations are sometimes conducted on a Saturday.

Various universities also offer weekend classes for those who are working. Some conduct ‘summer school’ courses from November to February, allowing students to complete their degrees within a shorter time.

Education System –

The Malaysian education system is largely modeled on the British education system. Most public higher education institutions use the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) system whilst others use the grade system. Below are some of the assessment methods available.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

Marks in %

Grade

Our Equivilant

Quality Point

85 - 100

A

High Distinction

4.0

80 - 84

A-

Distinction

3.7

75 - 79

B+

3.3

70 - 74

B

Credit

3.0

65 - 69

B-

2.7

60 - 64

C+

Pass

2.3

55 - 59

C

2.0

50 - 54

C-

1.7

45 - 49

D+

Not Pass

1.3

40 - 44

D

1.0

0 - 39

E

0

Postgraduate Marking Scheme

Classification

Mark

Comments

Distinction

80+

  • Outstanding piece of work
  • All major and minor objectives achieved
  • Excellent comprehension and informed criticism and analysis
  • Evidence of outstanding work beyond question and some originality
  • Free from errors and showing advanced analytical skills.

Distinction

70-79

  • Excellent piece of work
  • All major and some minor objectives achieved
  • Very good comprehension and analysis of the issues involved
  • Excellent familiarity with the source material
  • No major errors and only occasional minor errors

Merit

60-69

  • Careful and clear piece of work
  • Most major objectives achieved
  • Good understanding of the topic
  • Good grasp and analysis of major issues
  • No major errors though some minor errors

Pass

50-59

  • Middle of the range piece of work
  • Basic question answered with relevant  analysis
  • Discusses and understands most relevant issues
  • Material a bit thin and/or poorly focused
  • Possible major and some minor errors

Compensatable Fail

40-49

  • Adequate but relatively poor piece of work
  • Few major objectives achieved
  • Demonstrates understanding of the general field
  • Inadequate reading/preparation
  • Occasional major and some minor errors

Fail

30-39

  • A failed piece of work
  • Not a full answer to the question set
  • Still shows some understanding of the general field
  • Inadequate reading/preparation
  • Major errors

Fail

0-29

  • A badly failed piece of work
  • No real attempt to answer the question
  • Poor arguments and lack of relevance
  • Completely inadequate reading/preparation
  • Generally unsound

Source: www.educationmalaysia.gov.my

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