How to Calculate KCSE Cluster Points

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Students who would like to make an application for placement to a Kenyan University through KUCCPS must meet certain minimum cluster points depending on the course applied for. Each course has its own minimum cluster point requirement, which is usually calculated based on four cluster subjects that are necessary for the course.

Here is how a student can calculate their weighted cluster points:

Step 1: Calculate the Raw Cluster points (total points for the four cluster subjects). Assuming the student scores A in all cluster points, the Raw cluster points will be 48 (12˟4).

Example: According to KUCCPS placement, cluster subjects for Law are: either ENG/KIS; either Math/Sciences; one humanity (CRE/GEOG/History); and one other from Sciences/humanities/business/foreign languages/Agriculture/Home Science.

So you choose one subject with the highest points from each category.

  • From your KCSE results slip, sum up the points of your cluster subjects, e.g.

A   = 12 points

A- = 11 points

B+= 10 points

B   = 9 points

B -= 8 points

…etc.

  • For the Law programme, assume your KCSE score is A- of 75 points and cluster subject scores as follows: Math (B+), Eng. (B+), CRE (A-) and Business (B). Your raw cluster points will be 10+10+11+9 = 40.

Step 2: Get your Basic Aggregate points from your KCSE results slip. You do not need to calculate this, it is indicated in the KCSE results slip. Usually, A- ranges from 74 to 80 points.

Step 3: Use the following formula to calculate your weighted cluster points:

C =

Where C = Cluster points

X = raw cluster points

Y = basic aggregate points

For our case student above applying for KUCCPS placement in Law with an A- of 75 points and the raw cluster points of 40 points, the weighted cluster points will be calculated as follows: (40/48*75/84)*48 = 0.833*0.89 = 35.7

Summary for the Law Student applying for KUCCPS placement:

  • Grade = A-
  • Basic Aggregate points = 75
  • Raw cluster points = 40
  • Weighted cluster points = 35.7

From what I have established from KUCCPS website, the cut-off points for law at Kenyatta University were 39.437, 39.299, 36.304 and 43.212 in 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 respectively.

Thus, this student would most likely not qualify for law, and wouldn’t bother to apply for KUCCPS placement for a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Kenyatta University.

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