In 2017 there were a total of 1936 candidates – let’s dissect how they did!
ENGAA Section 1A – Maths and PhysicsHere’s the graph of results for applicants who sat the ENGAA in 2017. This shows the distribution of scores and how many candidates scored them. The mode score by far and away falls between 4.0 and 4.5. Around 260 candidates of the total 1936 scored in this threshold, around 50 more than the next which was 1.0. Although we don’t know exactly how Cambridge uses these scores, we can make a good guess that people above this mode will be looked upon favourably. The drop off after 4.5 is massive, falling to around 130 candidates scoring 4.5 – 5.0. This trend generally continues until the maximum 9.0, which a healthy handful of people actually scored. The score to aim for in this particular section for 2017 would have been around the 5.5 – 6.0 mark to be considered a strong score.
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ENGAA Section 1B Scoring and ResultsSection 1B is considerably harder than Section 1A – this really shows through in the scoring for this section. The mode score this time is 1.0 – a very surprising result as the mode usually falls to a median score of around 4.5! It is important to note that the difficult of the test can vary from year to year, and the scores of your cohort will be taken into consideration. From a score of 2.5 – 3.0 the scores generally trend downwards until the extremely high scores of 8.5 – 9.0. We’d suggest a strong score for Section 1B would be around the 5.0 – 5.5 – just below where we’ve suggested for Section 1A which makes sense due to the increased difficulty.
ENGAA Section 2 Results and ScoringSection 2 of the ENGAA is scored differently to 1A and 1B in that each mark is worth a point towards the overall score, rather than your marks being converted to fall on a scale between 1.0 and 9.0. This allows for a slightly more in-depth look at the scores that people got. The trend is generally the same (apart from 1B’s 1.0 mode); the median scores tend to also be the mode scores with an upside down U trend line. In this section, we would consider a strong score to 25+ because the biggest drop off after the “average” scores is at 25. A handful of candidates scored the maximum of 38 here. If you’re interested, this is what the people who scored 38 on section 2 scored on the other two section.
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