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Comparing university academic performances of HSC students at the three art-based faculties


Noor Azina Ismail 
University of Malaya
nazina@um.edu.my 

Azmah Othman 
University of Malaya
g3azmah@um.edu.my

 

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Abstract

University Malaya enrols students from all states in Malaysia as well as a small number of students from overseas. The objective of this paper is to investigate the effect of past performance on students at three faculties, namely, Faculty of Economics and Administration(FEA), Faculty of Business and Accounting(FBA) and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences(FASS). Students' prior achievements include their entry scores or points in English language proficiency and mathematics at the Malaysian Certificate of Education (MCE) level. Other factors taken into consideration are gender of students and their ethnic origins. Research results show that entry points are an important factor in influencing students' achievement in all three faculties. Apart from this, female students are found to have better results than their male counterparts in FBA and FASS. It was also found that mathematics performance at the MCE level is one of the influential factors for academic achievement in FBA. 

Academic performance, prior achievement, entry points, language proficiency, mathematics performance

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Ismail, N.A. and Othman, A. (2006). Comparing university academic performances of HSC students at the three art-based faculties. International Education Journal, 7 (5), 668-675.
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