Singapore IB students account for half of world’s perfect scorers

January 13, 2020

Singapore students, who sat for the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma exams in November 2019 outperformed their global counterparts. The Switzerland-based IB Organisation, which conducts the exams, said Singapore accounted for 35 of the 69 perfect scorers globally.

The IB Diploma Programme is a two-year programme conducted at 27 institutions in total in Singapore.

Of the 2,250 students in Singapore who took the exams, 96.66 percent have passed. The global pass rate was 70.03 percent, while for Asia-Pacific region, it was 87.76 percent. Besides, the average scores of Singapore students were also higher than their global and regional counterparts at 37.99 points against 28.52 and 33.89, respectively.

Students from seven schools including Anglo-Chinese School, Hwa Chong International School, School of the Arts and St Joseph’s Institution received their results recently.

All 456 students in Anglo-Chinese School, the first Singapore school to offer the IB diploma since 2005 passed the IB exam. Their average score was 41 points, with 349 of them obtaining 40 points and above. The school did not release the number of those who achieved the perfect score of 45.

All 143 Sota students who sat the examinations last year passed, which included 15 students, who did the IB career-related programme (four core subjects, two diplomas, one career-related study). For the 128 who did the diploma programme, the average score was 38.5. About half scored 39 points and above.

At St Joseph’s Institution, 99.64 percent of its 280 students passed the exams, with 59 percent achieving at least 40 points. While at Hwa Chong International School, 99 percent of its 152 students passed with a quarter attaining 40 points and above. Two students achieved the perfect score, while five others scored 44.

Globally, over 18,700 students took the exams last November and more than 86,000 exam papers were processed in 14 languages.

Source: The Strait Times

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