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How to calculate Weighted Cluster Points for University admissions in Kenya: Sample from past admissions.

7 June 2011 24 Comments

Here is how to calculate the weighted cluster points to check whether you qualify for admission to take a particular course at a Kenyan University or not.  Please note that this article is based on past admissions. JAB has not released the cluster points for KCSE 2010 candidates as at the time of publishing this article. It should therefore serve for illustrative purposes ONLY.

How the Weighted Cluster Points  are arrived at:

Every degree course at the University has the 4 (Four) subjects examined at KCSE level which are considered most relevant for that course and these are called the core subjects. e.g Bachelor of Medicine’s core subjects are: English/Kiswahili, Math/Physics, Biology and Chemistry.
JAB provides a listof  cluster subjects for each university course usually during course revision at provincial head quarters.

To get the weighted cluster points, you need to determine:

  1. The Raw Cluster Points
  2. Basic Aggregate point

The Raw Cluster Point: The maximum points for any cluster (four subject)  is 48 points – assuming a student scored grade ‘A’ in all the four subjects (12 *4).  The total points of the four cluster subjects is calculated based on a students result slip. This total is also called the Raw Cluster Points.

Basic Aggregate Point: The Basic aggregate point is the aggregate value of the student’s grade. E.g A students could have an A- (minus) of aggregate point between of 74  and 80 points. This is usually indicated on the results slip.

Calculating the Weighted Cluster Point: The following fomula is used to calculate the weighted cluster point:

w = Weighted Cluster Point
c = Raw Cluster Point
a = Aggregate Cluster Point

There is a table with precalculated Weighted Cluster Points based on the fomula above. See  the table here: http://www5.uonbi.ac.ke/partners/jab/files/WCW_1dec.pdf  With this table simple match your aggregate cluster point on the Verticle Axis and your Raw Cluster Points for a given course on the Horizontal Axis and read the Weighted Cluster Point at their intersection.

Please note that this might not be the same fomula applied to arrive at the weighted cluster points for KCSE 2010 candidates, however , it gives an idea of the weighted cluster method affects ones qualification for a given course.



  • anthony bett said:

    this is techno era, thanks for the upgrade we are geting the answers to the burning quiz pap!!!!!!

  • daniel said:

    thanx vry much it means much to me

  • simba kevin said:

    I sat for my KCSE the year 2010 from Eastern province and now i am in Nyanza.My question is will it be possible for me to revise my courses through the provincial headquarter in nyanza.

  • Admin (author) said:

    @Simba, you will need to travel to Embu for the revision.

  • kora said:

    wea can i get the core subjects for different courses?

  • Martin,uon uk campus said:

    JAB,This is great,u’ve helped me so much.KEEP UP!

  • mweu teddy said:

    am kindly requesting for the subjects considered for one to qualify for a course in economics

  • phil said:

    i sat for my kcse last year 2011,and got a B+, what website should i consult with to know the courses available at the public universities and their clusters, inorder to make a credible revision please….

  • Edwin ongeri said:

    I sat 2011 and had B plain of 64 ,but i had a c- in math can i join as regular student en if i can which courses should i avoid during revision?

  • Admin (author) said:

    @Edwin Ongeri, That appears quite a weak grade to join in the government sponsored (Regular) category. You might consider joining the Privately Sponsored Students Program.

  • » The Timpata » Joint Admissions Board (JAB); Revision of courses for KCSE 2011 candidates; Online revision of university choices KCSE 2011 candidates said:

    [...] STEP 4: Calculate your Weighted cluster point. You can read on how to calculate the cluster points in The Timpata by clicking here. [...]

  • Nemuel said:

    Kindly confirm whether the formula for calculating the w has or has not changed.

  • omanyala Iring'o Paul said:

    How can I access the 2011 cluster points 4 different courses?

  • Admin (author) said:

    @OManyala Iring’o Paul, Please find details in the links provided in this article in The Timpata.

  • elsa mgunya said:

    where can l access the revised cluster weight for 2011 degree courses

  • Admin (author) said:

    @Elsa Mgunya: Please get these in this article on The Timpata.

  • Jaymes Gzzy Jnr said:

    Hiy can you pliz explain to me how the REVISED cluster formuler works…starting with What is ”Perfomance Index” and how is it calculated?

  • waweru said:

    i did my KCSE 2013 got a B+ of 69 points had a B in maths what courses are available for me??

  • David Nduva said:

    when will be the online revision for courses for 2013 candidates?

  • munywoki erickson said:

    which is the current formula for calculating cluster points for 2014 jab intake

  • hillary bett said:

    i forgot my password hence am unable to login into my account.am suppose to do my second revision of courses immediately since the deadline for the same is friday.please do assist thanks.i did my kcse 2013

  • Daniel said:

    i did my kcse 2013 and scored a mg of B(plain)of 62,is it Possiple To Do B.Ed(science)in MU since i passed all the science subject?

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