“The change means there will now be a new grade of A+. Previously, the highest grade possible in the SPM was 1A,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Under the present system, students are graded as 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5C, 6C, 7D, 8E and 9G while the new grades would be from A+ to G (see chart).
Starting from 2010, a subject limit of 10 will be imposed on every SPM candidate. The minimum of 8 subjects are lowered to 6 subjects. Students will be able to take 2 additional subjects (comprising Arab, Chinese, Tamil, Iban, Kadazandusun and Bible Knowledge) that will not be counted in the consideration for federal scholarships if the 10-subject limit is reached[ By 2009, SPM will use a new grading system, the grades ranging from A+(which is a grade higher than previous 1A) to G(Gagal or ‘Fail’ in English’. The table below shows the comparison between previous grade system and the latest one.
|Previous Grade System||Latest Grade System (2009)|