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Admission Requirements

Below you can find general admission requirements for nine common curriculums.

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American-Style Curriculum (Continental US)

General Requirements for Admission

American Curriculum High School applications are reviewed for admission based on McMaster’s own calculation of the admission average. McMaster’s calculations of the admission averages may vary from those used at other institutions.

  • 5 Grade 12/Senior academic subjects or a combination of equivalents from IB, AP, SAT II Subject Tests
  • Grade 12 English/English Literature required for all programs
  • Math & Science equivalents:
    • Biology – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Biology (or equivalent)
    • Calculus – 4 years of high school Mathematics including Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus (either AB or BC exam) or equivalent.
      • Note: SAT II Mathematics subject test cannot be used as a substitute for the Calculus requirement
    • Chemistry – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Chemistry (or equivalent)
    • Physics – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Physics (or equivalent)
  • AP Challenge exam with a minimum score of 4 or 5 may be used in lieu of one science/math requirement if subject not offered at your school.
  • SAT II Subject Test with a score of at least 670 may be considered on a case-by-case basis in lieu of one math/science requirement.
  • Students presenting AP courses will be required to complete the AP Examinations via the College Board with minimum grades of 3 for consideration.
  • A minimum average of 80% (including all required subjects) is required for application eligibility. Admission is competitive and many programs will require grades/averages well above the 80% for admission consideration.

Documents Required for Review

  • Detailed school profile including grading scale
  • 2nd quartile results can be used for consideration for a conditional offer of admission provided at least 2 of the 5 required courses have been completed and grades presented.
  • Grade 9, 10, 11 and Grade 12 2nd quartile results
  • SAT and SAT II Subject Test results must be sent from the College Board directly and cannot be accepted electronically.
  • SAT minimum – overall score of 1200 or greater (Reading/Math sections only) with a minimum score of 600 in each section (Institutional Code for SAT/AP – 0936)

OR

  • ACT – minimum composite score of 27 or greater (Institutional Code – 5326)

Advanced Credit Policy

  • AP courses with a minimum grade of 4 may be considered for advanced credit at the discretion of the Faculty.

General Requirements for Admission

American Curriculum High School applications are reviewed for admission based on McMaster’s own calculation of the admission average. McMaster’s calculations of the admission averages may vary from those used at other institutions.

  • 5 Grade 12/Senior academic subjects or a combination of equivalents from IB, AP, SAT II Subject Tests
  • Grade 12 English/English Literature required for all programs
  • Math & Science equivalents:
    • Biology – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Biology (or equivalent)
    • Calculus – 4 years of high school Mathematics including Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus (either AB or BC exam) or equivalent
      • Note: SAT II Mathematics subject test cannot be used as a substitute for the Calculus requirement.
    • Chemistry – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Chemistry (or equivalent)
    • Physics – 2 years/2 full credits (Junior and Senior) or AP Physics (or equivalent)
  • AP Challenge exam with a minimum score of 4 or 5 may be used in lieu of one science/math requirement if subject not offered at your school.
  • SAT II Subject Test with a score of at least 670 may be considered on a case-by-case basis in lieu of one math/science requirement.
  • Students presenting AP courses will be required to complete the AP Examinations via the College Board with minimum grades of 3 for consideration.

A minimum average of 80% (including all required subjects) is required for application eligibility. Admission is competitive and many programs will require grades/averages well above the 80% for consideration

Documents Required for Review

  • Detailed school profile including grading scale
  • 2nd quartile results can be used for consideration for a conditional offer of admission provided at least 2 of the 5 required courses have been completed and grades presented.
  • SAT and SAT II Subject Test results must be sent from the College Board directly and cannot be accepted electronically.
  • SAT Results are optional
  • Applicants from China – if you are completing an international hybrid curriculum (National curriculum concurrent with an AP/American-style curriculum) you are required to supply results from either SAT or ACT. SAT minimum – overall score of 1200 or greater (Reading/Math sections only) with a minimum score of 600 in each section (Institutional Code for SAT/AP – 0936) ACT – minimum composite score of 27 or greater (Institutional Code – 5326)

Advanced Credit Policy

  • Applicants completing AP or IB final results may be eligible for advanced credit at the discretion of the Faculty.

General Requirements for Admission

  • A minimum of five subjects, three distinct GCE Advanced Level(A2)/International ‘A’ Level subjects and 2 GCSE/IGCSE/ ‘O’ level subjects
    • Please see the specific Advanced Level (A2)/International ‘A’ Level subjects appropriate for your chosen program
  • English/English as a Second Language accepted for English requirement
    • Humanities requires ordinary (O-level) English or Advanced level (A2) English
  • All math and science required courses must be presented at the A2 level

Documents Required for Review

  • Predicted grades for A2 Levels
  • IGCSE/GCSE/O Level Certificates, AS Level certificates

Advanced Credit Policy

  • A2 Level subjects may be considered for advanced credit with a minimum grade of B at the discretion of the faculty

General Requirements for Admission

  • 5 subjects – 3 of which must be at CAPE Unit II
  • English – will accept the best of the following:
    • CSEX/CXC or CAPE (Caribbean Studies/Communications Studies)
  • All math and science required courses must be presented at CAPE Unit II
  • No individual grades lower than III will be accepted and most programs require grades of I and II as minimums

Documents Required for Review

  • CAPE Unit II predicted results
  • CSEC and CAPE Unit I final results

General Requirements for Admission

  • 5 Class XII subjects including any/all mandatory prerequisite subject(s) for selected program
  • Average is calculated on Grade XII Predicted grades
  • Minimum average required for admission consideration varies by program

Documents Required for Review

  • Class X board results
  • Class XI transcript
  • Class XII predicted grades

General Requirements for Admission

  • 5 subjects
  • Minimum average required for admission consideration varies by program

Documents Required for Review

  • Grade X, XI and Predicted Grade XII

General Requirements for Admission

  • 6 subjects
  • The minimum average required for consideration varies by program

Documents Required for Review

  • Bulletins for Premiere
  • 1st trimester of Terminale
  • Results must be sent from the high school/institution directly

General Requirements for Admission

  • 6 subjects – 3 at HL and 3 at SL Plus the TOK and EE
  • Math SL or HL will be accepted
  • NEW Math equivalencies for first assessment in 2021:
    • SL/HL Analysis & Approaches or HL Applications & Interpretations can be used to meet Calculus requirement
    • SL/HL Analysis & Approaches or SL/HL Applications & Interpretations can be used to meet Advanced Functions requirement
    • HL Analysis & Approaches or SL/HL Applications & Interpretations can be used to meet the Data Management requirement
      • SL Analysis & Approaches MHF4U, MCV4U
      • HL Analysis & Approaches MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U
      • SL Applications & Interpretations MHF4U, MDM4U
      • HL Applications & Interpretations MHF4U, MCV4U, MDM4U
  • Bonus points – TOK and EE are added to the total score for admission consideration
  • A minimum of 28 is required for consideration. Admission is competitive and many programs will require a much higher score for admission.

Documents Required for Review

  • Grade 10, 11 and Grade 12 Predicted IB Diploma grades

Advanced Credit Policy

  • Final IB scores (HL only) of 5 or higher may be considered for Advanced Credit at the discretion of the Faculty.
  • Certificate at 5 or higher are also eligible for consideration

 

General Requirements for Admission

  • 5 subjects
  • A minimum average required for admission consideration varies by program

Documents Required for Review

  • Transcripts for SS1, SS2 and First Term SS3 grades