Cambridge Professor lauds Ameson systems for pre-identifying excellent Chinese students

Dr. Cardwell presenting to the group

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niversity of Cambridge Professor Dr. David Anthony Cardwell (Professor of Superconducting Engineering in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and one of those responsible for the recruitment of undergraduates from mainland China) held a seminar on Tuesday July 24th at the Grand Mercure Hotel in Beijing China to explain the benefits of using Ameson assistance to process student applications from China.

The talk was attended by representatives from 17 overseas universities (in China to attend a series of Ameson conferences), who gained greater insight into the clear benefits of using Ameson's verification services.

Dr. Cardwell’s presentation focused on the Ameson Chinese Elite Identification System (ACEIS) and a specialized derivative called the ACS (Ameson Cambridge System). To summarize the programs, Dr. Cardwell remarked: “Ameson pre-identify top performing students. We accept that we know very little about the Chinese market. Ameson produces a list of students for us, and then we follow up. What this involves is giving the students a test in Physics, Math and English.

Ameson gives us the results of the tests and we decide who we want to interview. Ameson don’t make any decisions, we make our own, then inform Ameson. Then they organize interviews on our timetable.”

Those in attendance at the presentation: Mr. Michael C. Behnke (retired) former Vice President for University Relations and Dean of College Enrollment at the University of Chicago; Ms. Adele Brumfield, Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ms. Sunny Chen, Beijing Manager for the University of Melbourne; Dr. Anne DeLuca, Associate Vice Chancellor for Admissions and Enrollment at the University of California, Berkeley; Dr. Zina Evans, Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Florida; Mr. Shawn Felton, Senior Associate Director of Admissions and University Recruitment Coordinator at Cornell University; Mr. Benjamin Gatlin, Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Vanderbilt; Ms. Wendy Holden, Acting Executive Director of Admissions at the University of Melbourne; Ms. Deborah Ann Kammerer is the Interim Associate Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Yield for the Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools at UC San Diego; Ms. San Lee, International Regional Recruiter and Admissions Advisor, University of California, Davis; Mr. Angel Perez currently serves as Vice President and Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Pitzer College; Ms. Lisa Przekop currently serves as the Associate Director of Admissions at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Mr. Walter A. Robinson, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of UC Davis; Dr. Owen Saxton, Senior Research Associate in the University of Cambridge Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy; Dr. Vu Thanh Tran (retired), the former Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Dr. Patricia Wasyliw is the Assistant Dean of Academic Advising and Admissions in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University; Ms. Doris Davis, Ameson Foundation Senior Vice President. For further details about each participant, please click here.

Key points about ACEIS:

 
Ameson Scholastic Test in a nutshell:

  • The test is offered in the areas of Math, English and Physics
  • The tests are as rigorous as AP/IB/A-level exams
  • The test was designed with help from chief designers of the Chinese Gaokao, and edited by Cambridge Professors

Learn more about the AST

 
As explained by Dr. Cardwell during his discussion:
  • Ameson identifies top performing Chinese students from more than 100 of the top high schools in China
  • Aside from the University of Cambridge, ACEIS members include 14 of the world’s top 50 universities
  • In cases of questionable student applications, Ameson’s CEIMS (China Equitable Information Management System) helps to anaylse and authenticate submitted student documents
  • The AST (with 35 test centers across China, including the best high schools in almost every Chinese province) is a trusted method of assessing student aptitude in English, Math and Physics
  • These services are not-for-profit, funded entirely by the Ameson Foundation

The undeniable success of the program

During his talk, Dr. Cardwell commented: “I have to say that in ten years working with the Ameson system we haven’t had a single problem. The results of this process are spectacular. Not just good, spectacular.”

 
Excellent student results

Of the 60 students admitted to Cambridge over the past 10 years via ACEIS, 61% of students admitted to Engineering have achieved first class honours in all parts of Tripos (IA, IB, IIA, IIB). In comparison, the university avarage for non-ACEIS students is 28%.

According to Dr. Cardwell: “You can’t argue with that data – they perform better.”
 
Regarding the outstanding results, Dr. Cardwell added: “The outstanding results are unique. So, other UK universities have latched onto the fact that we identify very good students this way, and in some cases will accept students that we don’t. Of course, we do all the initial work with Ameson, so we get first pick. But, there is a whole second batch of students who will do very well at UK universities since they have already been assesed throughly. Its good for universities, good for students.”

Dr. Cardwell concluded his assement of the ACEIS system by emphasizing the rigorous nature of the AST examination. “The scholastic test (Math, English and Physics) I get to see every year. The Physics part – which I think is a three hour test – took me four and a quarter hours to do, and My Ph D is in Physics. I don’t think students can answer all the questions, but it is a good way to really stretch the best students and identify the weak ones. The students that score in the top ten percent of the physics test, I know they’re going to do pretty well in our course.”

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