A mean average which gives weighting to your top performers
API – Academic Performance Index
The Academic Performance Index is the ideal solution for schools to highlight their top performers’ achievements rather be dragged down by league tables.
What is the API and how does it work?
Private Schools in the UK apply for and achieve a unique Index Score (API) based on the level of their students at 11+ or 13+ or 16+. Students sit the British Universities & Secondary Schools Achievement Tests (BUSSATs) to help place them within the scoring system. Their results are computed into an Academic Performance Index score which are compared with the same tests taken by international candidates seeking placements at those schools.
Each test taker has his or her results computed into an Individual Academic Performance Index Score, which gives a relative measure of overall academic ability. (Individual subject achievements are also available to both schools and applicants).
Schools, coaching centres and colleges are then able to specify the range of academic ability acceptable to them, as measured by their own Index Score. By choosing to have your unique API, you have at their fingertips a set of strong and reliable tests securely delivered to the students.
The BUSSATs tests are a powerful tool to help you assess your potential and your current students’ abilities and academic level.
BUSSATs help you to:
Details for Participating Schools
How to get rated on the Academic Performance Index (API)
The British Universities & Secondary Schools Achievement Tests (BUSSATs) measure students’ academic abilities in English, Maths and General Knowledge at 11+, 13+ and 16+.
The tests offer over 250 multi-choice questions, delivered over two-hours using technology provided by PEARSON VUE via your school’s computer laboratory, or in a proctored environment using laptops and i-pads.
The tests have been written by Academic Directors of top UK Private Schools and trialled internationally for four years.
To achieve an API score, schools must submit a minimum of 50 students in one of the following age categories:
Schools may choose to submit candidates in two or more categories, depending on which age of students they wish to attract from the international market.
The scores of these students are then calculated to form an Index Score.
Schools may submit more than 50 candidates per age group, but only the top 50 scores will be used to calculate the Index Score.
Using the API Score to Guide Your International Agents
International Agents and Coaching Centres test their applicants using the same BUSSATs tests. Both you and they will be able to compare results before a student makes an entry application to your school.
Agents are provided with a candidate’s raw results in English (covering comprehension & grammar), Maths (at basic, advanced and super-advanced levels) and General Knowledge (covering history, geography, science, current affairs and sports knowledge), along with their ADJUSTED SCORES.
ADJUSTED SCORES, divided by 10, will provide a student’s individual Index Score, allowing comparison with the School’s Index Score to be made.
A school may use the API Score in its international marketing material to demonstrate to international agents the academic quality of your school. The school can advise agents of the “boundaries” (plus or minus various % points) which you expect incoming students to achieve.
Additional Data about the International Student Applicant is available to a School or agent, on request*
*Additional data admin charges will apply.
HOW THE INDEX SCORE IS CALCULATED
1) The marks for each student in each subject are added up and translated into a percentage.
2) The percentage totals for each student are accumulated, providing a RAW SCORE for each student.
3) If a student scores more than 80% in English, 80% in General Knowledge, and 75% overall in Maths (‘The Benchmark Scores’) they earn 10 BONUS POINTS per % point in excess of the Benchmark Score. These are added to the RAW SCORE to provide an ADJUSTED SCORE.
Two steps are then used to calculate a School’s API Score Number:
1) The 50 candidates have their ADJUSTED SCORES added together.
2) The figure is divided by 500
The resultant number is the API INDEX SCORE NUMBER.
AN EXAMPLE OF INDEX SCORE CALCULATION
50 x Student Raw Scores = 12,250
25 students each score 100 BONUS POINTS= 2500
TOTAL ADJUSTED SCORE POINTS= 14,750
Divided by 500 to provide API INDEX SCORE OF 29.5
** A similar calculation is made for each individual student. The student’s adjusted score is divided by 10 (1/50th) so that the School Index Score and the Individual’s ‘Index Score’ can be calibrated and compared.