As students and parents try to grapple with the fallout from the cancellation of GCSEs A-Level exams this year across the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cambridge Assessment International Education (CAIE), the body that conducts the exams, has included students’ progression in Candy Crush, more specifically, the level they had achieved up until March 18, as a metric to assess their likely grade.
Uzma Yousuf, Country Director, Pakistan of CAIE, said in a statement, “The Candy Crush assessment method is a widely accepted and accurate way of predicting a student’s grade in any given subject. Those who have progressed to levels 200 and above are obviously better able to structure pairs of five candies more efficiently and frequently to convert them into a donut that, as we all know, makes all the difference at those higher levels”.
“This is a welcome decision. If left only to my schoolwork and mocks, my result would have been terrible and not reflective of my true potential. I am a proud level-275 and it has taken years of dedicated candy crushing to get here. The entire month that I spent on level 214, just a few weeks before the mock exams, is finally paying off”, said an ecstatic Zaineb, student of LGS Defence Lahore.
However, many aren’t happy with the decision.
“This is unfair to some of us who voluntarily gave up our smart phones to our parents, in exchange for feature phones, six months before the A-Level exams to concentrate on our preparation. We are basically screwed!”, said a visibly distressed Murad, student of TNS, who was expecting straight A*s.
At time of filing of this report, COD Mobile and PUBG players had collected outside CAIE head office to demand a similar grade predicting option for their respective smartphone games. They were taken into custody by police for violating section-144 shortly after.