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COVID-19: University Admissions and Testing Updates for Students

Due to the ongoing crisis, many universities and educational system have begun to change their admissions schedules to accommodate students in these tough times. We will keep sharing updates so be sure to keep checking this page.
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Institute of Business Administration COVID-19 Update

IBA

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IBA Karachi Admissions 2020 Schedule Update

IBA has implemented the following changes to its admissions schedule in light of the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • ● The Round 1 Admissions cycle for BS Computer Science and BS Economics and Maths has been canceled.
  • ● There will only be Round 2 for these programs and candidates from Round 1 will automatically be shifted to Round 2. Admit cards will be reissued with updated venues and schedules. Additional info may be requested for submission through the admissions portal, but relevant communications will be conveyed later—for now no further action is needed.
  • ● The MBA test has been shifted to Sunday, 7th June. The result will be announced on 16th June, interviews and group discussions will take place from June 19th to 29th and the summer orientation program will start on 6th July.
  • ● As for now, academic activities from July onwards have not changed.
  • ● IBA will devise a policy to accommodate A-Level candidates so they do not have to take a gap year.

IBA Admission Update Expected at End of May

The admissions policy and schedule will be revisited at the end of May depending on the situation, and a contingency plan is being drawn up in case conditions don't improve.
Applicants are requested to keep visiting the IBA website and checking their emails and SMS for updates. IBA will stay in touch for the whole duration and you can email [email protected] in case of queries.
For guidelines on the IBA admission process click here

Cambridge International COVID-19 Update

Cambridge

Source:cambridgeinternational.org

CIE Exams May/ June 2020 Cancelled

Cambridge International had decided to cancel the May/ June 202 exams in countries across the world, including Pakistan. This includes:
  • • Cambridge IGCSE
  • • Cambridge O Level
  • • Cambridge International AS & A Level
  • • Cambridge AICE Diploma
  • • Cambridge Pre-U.

Options given to students by CIE

As per the Cambridge International, the students are offered 2 options:
  • • Students may withdraw entry from May June 2020 CIE exam Series
  • • Students can opt for evidence based grading
Click here to view the advantages and disadvantages of both options.

Process of deciding grades for the June 2020 exam series by CIE

Step 1

Subject teachers use a variety of evidence and judgment to assign grades to every student for every syllabus, to produce predicted grades. Evidence can include classwork, homework, exams, and any coursework conducted after remote learning began. Different parts of the syllabus should be weighted according to the teacher’s judgment. The grade given should be that which the candidate would have been most likely to achieve in the June 2020 series.

Step 2

For candidates who have received a certain grade in every syllabus, a rank order shall be determined, from highest to lowest, for the candidates who have received that grade. 1 will be given to the candidate most likely to be above the grade threshold, 2 to the next most likely, and so on.

Step 3

The head of centre will then verify that the assigned grades and ranks have been properly decided by the teachers based on fair professional judgment. The centre will then send the predicted grades to Cambridge International. Predicted grades should not be shared with candidates under any circumstances.

Step 4

Cambridge International will conduct a statistical standardization by using historical performance from the center as well as global performance data. This will enable it to judge if the grades are what it would expect to see from candidates of your center. It could also mean that the grade awarded by Cambridge may differ from the predicted grade. It would also ensure that grades that have sent unrealistic predictions do not get any unfair advantage.

Additional syllabuses offered in November 2020 series

The following is a list of syllabuses that are normally only available in June but will also be offered in the November series this year. The syllabuses were decided on the basis of the sufficiency of entries and practicality.
SyllabuscodeAdmin zones
Cambridge IGCSE Bahasa Indonesia05384,5
Cambridge IGCSE Chinese - First Language05094,5
Cambridge IGCSE Chinese - Second Language05234,5
Cambridge IGCSE Malay05464,5
Cambridge IGCSE Mandarin Chinese - Foreign Language05474,5
Cambridge IGCSE Pakistan Studies04483,4
Cambridge O Level Global Perspectives20694
Cambridge O Level Urdu - First Language32473,4

Cambridge Grade Appeals for 2020

Every candidate will be given the change to contest their grade, and Cambridge is currently devising an appeals process, with more details to be shared later.
To check out further details for every step, visit: Click Here

Cambridge AICE Diploma COVID-19 Update

Cambridge Diploma

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For students for whom the June 2020 series would have been the last for which they could sit in exams for the AICE Diploma, Cambridge is allowing an exception to the 25-month time limit rule. If the candidate initially registered for the June 2020 series, and if it is the last series for them that falls in the 25-month time window, they will be allowed to use grades in November 2020 or in June 2021 towards an AICE Diploma within which the first exams were given in June 2018. Updates for Cambridge ICE candidates will soon follow.

Dates for submitting predicted grades and rank orders by Cambridge for centers

The window for schools to submit their predicted grades and rank orders will run from 29 May to 16 June.

Will grades the centre achieved in previous years impact the result for CIE May June 2020 series?

Dealing with non-standard entry profiles

Some exam centers have claimed that their entry profile for the June 2020 series is different from that of previous years, and data from previous exam series will not capture their expectations of grades from candidates this years. To address this, Cambridge will offer a service after the provisional results to allow centers to submit evidence of how a change in entry policy has significantly improved their entry profile for June 2020. The change in policy will have to be related to a group from the cohort who are recognizable both in June 2020 as well as in earlier years.
As an example, a center’s policy for 2020 could be to defer the entry of their bottom two sets to November 2020 while retaining the other sets in June 2020. If a center fulfils the criteria, then Cambridge will review the statistical standardization and make changes to candidates’ grades if they deem it appropriate. Further details of post-results services will be provided after centers have submitted their rank orders and predicted grades, but before the result announcement.

Cambridge Checkpoint – guidance for teachers to grade students for result in May June 2020

Cambridge is developing a free resource pack teachers in schools that submitted entries for the May 2020 Cambridge Checkpoint series, which will include question papers, marking schemes and a template record of participation. It will be ready by mid-May.

Carrying forward marks for May June 2020 series

For AS Level results in the June 2020 series

For the June 2020 series, Cambridge will not issue marks, but rather it will issue letter grades. But this creates a challenge for students who wished to carry forward marks from their AS Level exams to future A Level exams.
Students who sit in their AS Level examinations in the 2020 series can do either of the following:
    A2 grade will not depend on AS result
  • ● Give their A2 exams in November 2020, or June 2021 and receive the A Level grade based solely on their performance in the A2 exams. Their AS Level grade will be considered to have just met the requirement for the A2 exams, but will not be considered when awarding a grade in the A2 exams. Candidates who withdraw from the June 2020 series will not be given this option
  • Appear in composite A level exam
  • ● Sit in all components of the A Level in a future examination series, and keep the June 2020 AS Level result as a standalone certification, without carrying the grade forward

For AS Level results from a series before June 2019

Candidates will not be able to carry forward a result from before the June 2019 series, for the June 2020 or November 2020 series, as per Cambridge’s usual policy.

For AS Level results from the June 2019 series

If the candidate sits in the June 2020 series, then their school will use the AS grade to predict their grades for the A Level June 2020 series. If the candidate wants to carry forward marks in the A Level November 2020 series from the June 2019 series, then they can do in the following cases:
  • ● They had registered for the A Level June 2020 series, regardless of whether they withdrew or not
  • ● Their desired syllabus has a carry forward option for that component
This would be an exception made for Cambridge’s 13-month rule. Cambridge will release information about each syllabus that allow June 2019 marks to be carried forward to the November 2020 series.

For non-examination work for June 2020 to November 2020

Candidates work for non-examination assessments like speaking tests or course work for the June 2020 series can be submitted instead of the November 2020 series. This can only be applied where the specific component did not have any prerelease materials or early exam stimulus material that was unique to the component. It is important for schools to ensure the guidance for non-exam assessments. Thus, you cannot submit material for a November 2020 exam that was originally created for the June 2020 exam, but which also used unique June 2020 stimulus material or exam paper. Cambridge will release a list of components using unique exam material for each series, for which June 2020 work cannot be carried forward to the November 2020 series.

Cambridge ICE Extension

Cambridge will allow an exception to the 13-month rule for:
  • ● Candidates who registered for ICE in the June 2020 series regardless of whether they withdrew or not
  • ● Candidates for whom June 2020 would be the final series of their ICE
For candidates meeting these criteria, they would be able to count grades given in the November 2020 or June 2021 series. But for this to apply, they will have to discount any entries from the June 2020 series for which they received a grade. Put differently, they would have to withdraw from any June 2020 series components that they registered for that were intended to count towards ICE, and also withdraw the ICE entry before June 2020 certificates are issued. If they do not want to use their June 2020 results, then they should contact Cambridge as soon as their results are released.
Therefore, candidates can decide whether to withdraw their June 2020 entries after their results have been released. The withdrawal will be accepted between the issue of provisional results and official certification. Retakes will not be allowed to count towards ICE. Candidates may still use grades from a maximum of two series.

Centers that enter IGCSE candidates for both A*-G and 9-1 grade sets in the same subject

Historical data will be used to award grades for the June 2020 series. For IGCSE subjects where there are two syllabuses, one each for the A*-G and 9-1 grade set, each center’s data from both syllabuses will be combined and used with other evidence in the statistical standardization process. Because of this use of combined data sets, all the entries for school for every IGCSE subject should be either for A*-G syllabus or the 9-1 syllabus. If they have a mixture of candidates for the each of the syllabuses, then they should amend it by 1 May 2020.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) COVID-19 Update

IELTS

Source:ielts.org

IELTS Online Test Indicator 2020

IELTS will be conducting its test in locations where it is safe to do so. Test takers can contact their team to discuss transfers and refunds. For those where it is unsafe to give the exam physically, IELTS has introduced the IELTS Indicator.
IELTS Indicator is an online test for students who will be unable to an IELTS test centre due to the pandemic. An online, timed test will assess the candidate’s English Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking skills. The speaking component will be conducted via video call face to face with an IELTS Examiner. The content for this version of IELTS will be up to the same standards as the original IELTS, with the same format and timings. The Indicator test will only be available in selected locations where physical tests won’t be conducted. It will be delivered online once a week at preset times. The bookings process will start on 22 April, and you can learn more about it from here ieltsindicator.com.

Agha Khan University key admission dates

Agha Khan

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MBBS admission dates 2020

Acceptance of application16 March-17 June
Admission test5 September
Pakistan test centersChitral, Gilgit, Faisalabad, Karachi, Multan, Lahore, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi and Sukkur
Overseas test centersDubai, Syria, Iran, Riyadh, Kabul, London, Doha, Nairobi, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda
Shortlisting and interview processSept./Oct.
Deadline for submission of Pakistani Intermediate (HSSC) exam results25 September
Deadline for submission of A Levels and other high school transcripts (grade 12) for all education systems besides Inter24 August
Submission deadline for A Levels results for exams being taken in Oct/Nov series29 January 2021
Classes beginMarch 2021

Post-RN BScN, Post-RM BScM, BScN, ASDH admission dates

Acceptance of application16 March-17 June
Admission test5 September
Pakistan test centersChitral, Gilgit, Faisalabad, Karachi, Multan, Lahore, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi and Sukkur
Overseas test centersDubai, Syria, Iran, Riyadh, Kabul, London, Doha, Nairobi, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda
Shortlisting and interview processSept./Oct.
Deadline for submission of Pakistani Intermediate (HSSC) exam results25 September
Deadline for submission of A Levels and other high school transcripts (grade 12) for all education systems besides Inter24 August
Submission deadline for A Levels results for exams being taken in Oct/Nov series29 January 2021
Classes beginMarch 2021

UET Lahore ECAT

UET ECAT Dates

The ECAT mock test will be taken on 6th and 7th June 2020. The Entry Test will take place on 13th and 14th June 2020. The test will be administered in the assign Virtual University Centers.

Update on UET Entry Test Tokens

Due to Government's decision to close educational institutes until mid July, the sale of Entry Test tokens is being with held until further orders. Decision on the conduct of Entry Test is expected by noon on Monday 11th May 2020. The sale of tokens depends upon the decision of the authorities.

UET Lahore Combined Entry Test 2020 Postponed

The Entrance Test of UET has been postponed till further orders because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The mock test which was scheduled on 6 – 7 June 2020 has also been postponed until further orders.

UET ECAT Entry Test 2020 postponed, not cancelled

Previously, UET’s entry test was scheduled to take place on 13-14 June 2020 and the mock test was going to take place on 6-7 June 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and as per the orders of the government, the ECAT test and the mock test both have been postponed. Note that they have not been cancelled—they will still take place but the dates will be announced later.

SAT

SAT

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June series

The College Board will not administer the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on 6 June 2020.
Considering the public safety situation in the future, the SAT exams will be conducted from August till the end of year in every month. A new exam will series will be conducted on 26 September, in addition to the previously scheduled ones in August, October, November and December. Students can register for these starting in May, and they will be contacted directly during the week of May 26 to inform them of the exact date.
The College Board is trying to increase its capacities for all the future exams discussed above. Students can get early access for registration for the exams in August, September and October if they have already been registered for June, and if they are in the high school class of 2021 without any SAT scores till now.

SSC & HSSC Exams in Pakistan Cancelled

Pakistani Students to be promoted on basis of previous results

Board exams have been cancelled in all over Pakistan. Students will be promoted on the basis of their previous result.
Students of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th classes had appeared in board examinations previously and it had been decided that students of 10th and 12th classes would be promoted on the basis of their results of 9th and 11th classes, respectively. Students of 9th and 11th classes are most probably going to be given a chance to appear in composite examinations.
A policy for improvers is yet to be announced.

FAST-NUCES Admission Updates 2020

Fast

FAST Entry Test for 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19

Fast Admission Detail
FAST University has announced that their admission test which was originally scheduled to be held in July has been cancelled. A new admission schedule might be shared depending on the situation in the country. Current admission schedule can be seen below:

FAST-NUCES Admissions Schedule Updated

The latest schedule released on 11 June 2020 is as follows:
  • Application submission deadline: 30 July 2020
  • Admission test: None
  • Announcement of selected candidates: 4 August 2020
  • Interviews: 6-13 August 2020
  • Admission formalities: 17-24 August 2020
  • Classes begin: 31 August 2020

Institute of Space Technology COVID-19 Update

IST

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IST Entry Test Cancelled

Due to Covid-19, NTS, ETC & the College Board have all paused their operations. So IST is not offering admissions on the basis of its acceptable entry tests i.e. NAT/ HAT/ SAT-II. Applicants should note that NO ENTRY TEST is required to apply for undergraduate programs offered for the Fall 2020 semester.

IST Admissions schedule

  • Admissions open: 19 April 2020
  • Admissions close: 30 June 2020
  • Classes begin: September 2020

GIKI Admission Update 2020

GIKI

Source:giki.edu.pk

GIKI Admissions schedule

The admissions schedule of GIKI is as follows, as per its website:
  • Online submission of admission application begins: 7 June 2020
  • Deadline for application submission: 12 July 2020
  • Deadline for payment of processing fee: 13 July 2020
  • Deadline for submitting financial assistance documents: 16 July 2020
  • Admission test online: 18-19 July 2020
  • Deadline for submitting SAT-II scores: 22 July 2020
  • Admission test results shared: 24 July 2020
  • Joining and orientation: 29-30 August 2020
  • Classes begin: 31 August 2020

COMSATS University

Comsats

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COMSATS Admission Update

The following tentative admissions schedule holds for all the campuses of COMSATS:
  • COMSAT Admission opens: 7 June 2020
  • COMSAT Admission application submission deadline: 15 August 2020
  • COMSAT Entry test: 6-13 August 2020
  • Display of 1st merit list: 24 August 2020
  • Provisional admission: 24-31 August 2020
  • Classes begin: 14 September 2020

PIEAS

PIEAS

PIEAS Admission latest schedule

This is the most recent admissions schedule released by PIEAS on their website:
  • PIEAS Admission registration opening date: 8 June 2020
  • PIEAS Admission test date (tentative): 11 July 2020
  • PIEAS Admission test online result: 24 July 2020

PIEAS Admission Update

This is the most recent admissions schedule released by PIEAS on their website:PIEAS Admission registration opening date: 8 June 2020
Application deadline: 18 July 2020
PIEAS Admission test date (tentative): Exact Date and mode of examination will be updated according to the policy and SOPs announced by HEC Pakistan
PIEAS Admission test online result: 2 weeks after entry test

NUST Admissions Schedule 2020 Updates

NUST

NET-3 Schedule for 2020 Announced

Series 3 Online registration: 1 July- 4 August 2020
NET Series 3 date: September 2020
Online registration for SAT based admissions: 1 July 2020
Deadline to send SAT score: 25 September 2020

PUCIT Admission Updates

PUCIT

PUCIT Admission schedule 2020

Online application begins: 7 July 2020
Deadline for online application: 27 July 2020
Note that there will be no entry test for PUCIT this year, and merit will be calculated on the basis of academic record.
It must be noted that all the deadlines are subject to COVID-19, and candidates are encouraged to regularly check the admissions website for timely updates.
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