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Assessment

My transition to Cambridge: Liam Rickit, Year 11

"The thing I enjoy most is how much it challenges me and how rewarding a good grade feels."
- Liam Rickit started at ACG Tauranga in 2018

There’s a common perception that Cambridge International only suits the brightest learners. But at ACG Tauranga, we believe there’s nothing more satisfying for young people than rising to a challenge. We talk to our students about their transition from the NZ curriculum to Cambridge.

What have you found are the main differences between the two curriculums?

The NZ curriculum can be very vague and confusing. Cambridge is very clear and I know exactly what I need to do to get the grades I want.

I have found Cambridge rather challenging, but if you push through it with persistence and hard work, in the future when you get in your rhythm, it becomes a lot easier.

What are you most enjoying about the Cambridge curriculum?

How much it challenges me and how rewarding a good grade feels. At my previous school, I never felt that I knew what I needed to get the grades I wanted. However, at ACG everything is very explicit, and I know exactly what I have to do to satisfy the grades I need.

What’s your favourite subject and why?

Mathematics, because unlike all my other subjects, it is not a memory game. The answers are definite, right or wrong and I find it a lot easier to learn.

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