WHAT IS THE R SCORE?
The R score, or CRC (Cote de rendement collégial), is used by the admissions offices of Quebec universities to compare and rank CEGEP students.
The R score is based on the assumption that a grade of 80 given by one teacher in one course is not the same as a grade of 80 given by another teacher in a different course or in a different section of the same course. The R score attempts to level the playing field, as it were, in order to make it possible to compare the grades one student gets in all his/her courses to the grades another student gets in all his/her courses.
All grades between 0-100 generate an R score.
The R score is the sum of two numbers. The first number, called the Z-score, expresses the student’s position within the course or group of courses, with better performing students receiving higher Z-scores.
The second part, called the ISG, corrects the Z-score by adding a fixed amount to each student’s Z-score based on how well, on average, all the Quebec students in the course or group of courses performed in their compulsory Secondary 4 and Secondary 5 courses. A course or group of courses in which these students performed well will receive a positive ISG; those in which these students performed poorly will receive a negative ISG. In a given course or group of courses, each student will receive the same ISG.
NOTE: The course or group average used by the Ministry of Education to calculate individual R scores is not the one you see on your Vanier transcript; the Ministry’s course or group average is considerably higher than Vanier’s since the Ministry does not include failures below 50 in its calculation.
The R score is calculated for all courses or groups of courses except:
- High-school mathematics and science make-up courses and remedial English and French courses
- A course or group of courses with fewer than 6 students in it
- A course or group of courses in which fewer than 6 students have a grade of at least 50. Three R score averages are calculated:
- The R score average of all the courses of the program the student is graduating in, or program R score.
- The R score average – the weighted cumulative average of a student’s individual R scores – is then calculated. The weighting is a function of the number of credits attributed to each course.
- The R score average of all the courses the student has taken, or overall R score. This is different from the program R score if a student has been in more than one CEGEP program.
- The R score average of prerequisite courses. This depends on the program the student is in. All Québec universities, except McGill, use the program R score for admissions purposes. McGill uses the overall R score. If you want McGill to use your program R score rather than your overall R score, you must indicate this on the application by checking off the “extenuating circumstances” box and explaining the reasons for your request.
The R score is expressed by a number that can range from 1-50 although most R scores fall within the 15-36 range. To give you an idea of what the numbers mean, an R score average of around 34 is usually required to be admitted to Medicine, an R score average between 26 to 28 is required to be admitted to Management.
The R score is calculated by the Ministry of Education and accessed by the Registrar’s Office on behalf of students.
The R score is updated in February, June and September to include results for courses taken in the Autumn,
Winter and Summer semesters respectively.
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