Suppose I have a list of pupils and 3 types of scores (academic, discipline, sports) for each student.

Is there a better way to write - the top 1% of students based on sports performance?

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    Maybe "... ranked according to sport perfomance".
    – Graffito
    Commented May 25, 2023 at 10:55
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    What's wrong with "the top 1% of students based on sports performance"? There are lots of different ways of expressing it, but not obviously ranked in order.
    – Stuart F
    Commented May 26, 2023 at 6:19

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If you're looking for a more concise phrasing, the single word 'by' is adequately clear:

Only the top 15% of students by sports performance qualify for the scholarship.

Depending on context, 'in' can also be appropriate; in this case you only state the field, with the 'performance' implied:

The competition team is in the top 10% in math and top 15% in English.

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