However in INTEC, the AUSMAT course offered is actually SAM.
for more info between the 2 check these websites out:
Sunway's AUSMAT programme: http://www.sunway.edu.my/index.php?o...ang=iso-8859-1
INTEC's AUSMAT programme : http://www.intec.uitm.edu.my/index.p...=40&Itemid=153
and there are certain textbooks which you must use actually, in fact you do have a few more workbooks as supplementaries!! though i'm not sure how much the current examination has changed, but as far as i know of there are actually past years' paper for sale.. or hand-me-downs from the seniors.. very useful indeed.
in comparison to IB, i'm not sure, but what i can say is SAM is definitely laden with tonnes of assignments especially for english as second language.
besides those subjects, you actually have a few more other subjects to take as well but these are just internal assessments only ie computer, theology and philosophy, moral and ethics/agama studies and civilisation studies. for the latter 3 studies,you would take one studies each for every semester.
A levels would be harder i suppose given that the area of studies that should be covered are more vast.
hope these info helps!!!
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About the difficulty of SAM, it really depends on how you define "difficult".
Syllabus wise, SAM is indeed one of the easiest to study - it was quite easy, I felt so much more relaxed studying it compared to SPM. The syllabus is quite short, and honestly speaking I wasn't studying most of the time because there really wasn't much to study.
Scoring wise, it depends on what you want to achieve. First a brief introduction of the grading system for SAM. Basically for SAM, the final result will be in the form of TER (tertiary entrance rank). TER is actually a percentile of "how you fare compared to others". The maximum TER is 99.95. If you get TER of, say, 98.5, it basically means that you are better than 98.5% of all the candidates taking exams in Australia.
So back to scoring: it turns out that scoring 90 and above is not too hard, but scoring very high scores like 99% is relatively difficult - arguably equally, if not more difficult than scoring straight As in STPM or A levels if you judge it according to the proportion of people getting those results. And then, if you are aiming to enter popular courses like medicine or pharmacy, it will pose some difficulty for you. For melbourne university the minimum required TER for medicine is 99.75 (during my time, not sure whether they have changed now), for other medical schools you will need at least around 98 to get a place in any uni. In comparison, if you apply using A-levels, they usually require straight As or AAAB, which are relatively easier to get (again, judging from the proportion of students with those results).
But don't be taken aback by what I said - SAM is pretty kind to people who work hard because your effort is quite easily reflected by your final score. If you are in Taylors or INTEC (not sure about other colleges), the teachers are all excellent, and if you put in effort you will most probably get a wonderful result.
SAM syllabus is not much different from form 5 in my opinion, but im still about halfway through the course. so im not sure yet.
if you hate homework and assignments , you will hate SAM,but if you're someone who works hard and do homework, there wont be much of a problem for you to ace it. (it's quite easy actually)
as for me, i belong to the former category, although i'm trying to change it.
final results will be 50% internal assessed (homework, coursework, assignments, common tests, and 50% external assessed (Final SACE exam, 3 hour paper for each subject)
SAM intake in taylors is stretched to 1.5 years because you will be joining the july intake and will only take final exam end of next year.
I personally think the sponsors just want to make sure you pass/ace the pre-u course so they don't "malu" if their scholars fail to make their cut off point of TER 85 (most sponsors) to be able to go to a University in Australia
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im doing SAM in taylors now (Jan intake)
the fact that people say that SAM is easier than A levels is not really true.
in terms of syllabus, yes, SAM is much easier, as we just cover the general things. as for A Levels they go really in depth.
but SAM students must learn time management. once the assigments *which carry abt 15-20% of internal assesment marks* come in, you'll have to learn how to juggle assigments and studying for your common tests *commonly known as CT*
and these assigments are not like just homework.
its research-based, so you have to spend a lot of time on the internet, finding out information and sources for your assignments. esp if youre planning to go to the Health Science combination, ie bio,phy,chem, be prepared cos all the sci subs require research work. after youve done your research you have to write a 1000 word report lol.
as for eng, its also similar to the sci ones, but your report has to be between 1000-2000 words.
but SAM is good, cos it teaches students how to do oral presentations, how to do academic writing, reports, how to do research, etc etc. you need that knowledge when you enter the uni.
i'm not trying to scare you away lol, but first sem of SAM is very very hectic. its practically all work and no play for sem 1. but after sem 1, when you've passed up all of your project work/assignments and all, things will be very relaxed already lol..
btw just curious, are you a JPA scholar for SAM? cos if so, you start in July, and finish in Nov next year. it wont be as hectic as a Jan intake student.
for exams, do note that SAM practices negative marking. you also have to be precise. and yea, for final exams your papers will be sent to Australia to be marked.
Actually, I am always aiming for the best... I hope I can get above 95% o sth around that... If possible 99.95%...
By the way do u know bout how many ppl get 99.95% each year? As I know Taylor got 6 students get TER 99.95% last year and 5 of them are JPA scholars.
What you mean by negative marking?
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