Performance points: comparing KS4 or 16-to-18 qualifications

An introduction to calculating the performance points for key stage 4 or 16-to-18 qualifications.



We use performance points to compare qualifications of different sizes and grading systems for schools and colleges in England.

Use this document to:

  • identify whether a qualification is eligible for points
  • calculate the points for a qualification
  • find the qualification on Ofqual’s register of regulated qualifications

The document includes:

  • intentions and limitations of the system
  • qualification eligibility
  • a register of regulated qualifications
  • the basics of the system
  • examples of how to use the performance tables
  • exceptions and special cases
  • graded exams

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