24 January 2019
The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a globally recognised pre-university academic qualification that aims to develop students as well-rounded learners.
A few local schools such as the School of the Arts, ACS International, and Hwa Chong International School, to name but a few, have adopted the IB Diploma Programme.
Singapore has consistently outperformed its global counterparts, often producing more than half of the top scorers worldwide at the November sitting of the exam.
About 20 per cent to 40 per cent of a student’s overall IB diploma score is based on continuous assessment. This comprises lab work, projects or oral recordings. The final exam makes up the rest of the score.
IB diploma students take six subjects and Theory of Knowledge, a course that combines philosophy, religion and logical reasoning.
Students also write a 4,000-word essay based on an independent research theme and complete another project that involves creativity, a sport or community service.