IB DP 2019: Singapore Well Above the Average

Students from 23 schools in Singapore are celebrating an average score of 34.48 in the IBDP, significantly above the global average of 29.62. The average score is slightly lower than results in 2018 however.
IB DP 2019: Singapore Well Above the Average
By Carli Allan
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More than 1,500 students from across Singapore received their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and Career-related Programme (IBCP) results today. They join 1.85 million graduates in 152 countries who have successfully completed and been awarded the qualifications.

Globally, students from 2,950 schools achieved an average IB Diploma score of 29.62, compared with 29.8 in 2018. The minimum point requirement for the award of the Diploma is 23 points with the highest award of 45 points. In Singapore, students from 23 schools achieved an average of 34.48 – well above the global average but just slightly lower than the 2018 Singapore average of 34.56.

A total of 1,544 students in Singapore participated in the exams, which were held in May 2019. In the Asia Pacific region, there has been a 5% increase on the number of students taking the IB since 2018.

Read our round-up of the top 20 international schools in Singapore here.

In Singapore, the IBDP is taken at the following international schools in May: Canadian International School, Chatsworth International School (Bukit Timah Campus), Dover Court International School, GEMS World Academy, GESS, GIIS SMART Campus, Hillside World Academy, ISS International School Singapore (High School), Nexus, NPS International School, Overseas Family School, Stamford American International School, Tanglin Trust School, United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), Dover and East Campuses. Dover Court entered its first cohort of IB students this year, having launched the IBDP in 2017.

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Of the schools that have published results so far...

Nexus

• Number of candidates registered in the session: 28
• Number of diploma and retake candidates registered in the session: 28
• Number of subject entries in the session: 215
• Number of candidates who passed the diploma: 24
• Average points obtained by candidates who passed the diploma: 32
• Highest diploma points awarded to a candidate: 44
• Average grade obtained at the school by candidates who passed the diploma: 5.10

At Nexus students scored an average of 32, which is above the global average of 29.62. 46% of all diplomas were bilingual (compared to 22% globally), and Shubhangi Goel scored an outstanding 44 out of 45 points.

Canadian International School

• Average score: 34.07
• Pass rate: 98.2%
• Top score: 45
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: 25.22%

At Canadian International School, which offers the IBDP at its Lakeside campus, the average score was an above the global average of 34.07.

The school says: "While we celebrate our Class of 2018 IB Diploma results, our students are much more than the mere sum of their IB scores. They are emerging scientists, artists, researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs. Their time with us was a remarkably productive and rewarding partnership."

Chatsworth International School

• Average score: 36
• Pass rate: 100%
• Top score: 44
• No. students scored 35 points and above: 33%

The Class of 2019 at Chatsworth International School's Bukit Timah campus celebrated a high average score of 36. The top score was 44 points followed by 41 points, attained by Melody Song and Katherina Huynh respectively, and there was a 100% pass rate amongst students who sat for the Bilingual Diploma.

Dover Court International School

• Average score: 32

Dover Court International School's first cohort of Year 13 International Baccalaureate students scored an average of 32, which is above the global average of 29.62.

Principal Christoper Short said: "I’m delighted that our first cohort of IB students has been so successful. It is a credit to their hard work and that of their teachers. I wish them all the best as they continue with the next phase of their life. We look forward to following their successes over the coming year.”

GESS

• Average score: 32
• Pass rate: 88.5%
• Top score: 43
• No. students scored 35 points and above: 32%

ISS International School

• Average score: 32.12
• Pass rate: 98%
• Top score: 43
• No. students scored 35 points and above: 32%

At ISS International School, an IB continuum school with two campuses, the average score was 32.12 points; this is only marginally lower than last year's score of 33. The 2019 cohort celebrated a 98% pass rate, and the top score was 43 out of 45. 32% of students achieved 35 points or above; 88% of students achieved A-C in the TOK; and 45% of students achieved an A or B in the Extended Essay.

GIIS SMART Campus

• Average score: 37
• Pass rate: NA
• Size of cohort: NA
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 29%
• No. students scored 35 points and above: 71%
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: NA

GIIS SMART Campus' average score matched the 2018 average of 37 points, which is well above the global average. Raksha Aiyappan topped the 2019 cohort with a perfect score of 45; Ananya Joshi, Devika Menon, Sweatha Ananthalingam, Archana Prasad and Ishaan Desai were near perfect scorers with 44 points, while four students scored 43.

Principal Melissa Maria said, “We are happy that our students have done well and most of them will make their way to the top universities in the world. It’s great that there has been a significant increase in the overall cohort performance.”

NPS International School

• Average score: 37.6
• Pass rate: 100%
• Highest score: 44
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 31%
• No. students scored 35 points and above: 79%

At NPS International School, students achieved a strong average score of 37.6.  Two students scored 44 – Aakriti Aggarwal and Ryan Patel – while a third of students scored 40 or more points and 68% of all papers received a score of 6 or 7.

Stamford American International School

• Average score: 31
• Pass rate: 90%
• Highest score: 40
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: 13%

Students at Stamford American International School have achieved a strong set of IB results with a pass rate of 90% and an average score of 31, above the world average of 29.8. 

High School Principal, Ocki Fernandes, said, “I am delighted by the results of our fourth graduating class. The number of students taking IB exams almost doubled in one year and I attribute the success of all of our students, to hard work, commitment and effort.

"Moreover, the strong and positive relationship between students and teachers led to 90 % of our students' final scores being within 1 % of their predicted grades. Colleges and universities value schools which accurately and consistently predict grades and academic achievement."

Tanglin Trust School

• Average score: 38.1
• Pass rate: 100%
• Highest score: 45
• No. students scored 35 points and above: More than 60%
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: Seven

Tanglin Trust School, the only international school in Singapore to offer students the choice of the IDBP or A Levels, celebrated a high average score of 38.1 this year. There were two top-scoring students with 45, and nine students who scored 42 points of more. More than 60% of the cohort scored 38 points or more, while a high 96% of students scored 32 points or more.



Craig Considine, CEO of Tanglin Trust School said: "These provisional results reflect the considerable hard work, commitment and effort of our students who over the past two years have undertaken a 4,000-word self-researched essay on a topic of their choice and an independently managed project as part of the school's Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) programme, in addition to studying six specific subjects."

UWCSEA (Dover campus)

• Average score: 37
• Pass rate: 99.7%
• Size of cohort: 319
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 32%
• No. students scored 35 points and above: 41%

UWCSEA (East campus)

• Average score: 36
• Pass rate: 97.1%
• Size of cohort: 242
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 25%
• No. students scored 35 points and above: 40%

Students at the UWCSEA Dover and UWCSEA East campuses scored well above the global average, with an overall score of 35.69. The school had a cohort of 561 students across the two campuses and a 98.6% pass rate. 28.7% of the Class of 2019 received 40-plus points, and 20% achieved the bilingual diploma.

WhichSchoolAdvisor.com will publish the results for the schools as they are made available. Keep checking this article for updates.

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November 2018 IB exam results

Students at some of Singapore’s local and international schools sat the IB exam in November 2018 and received their results in January 2019.

Australian International School

• Average score: 35.37
• Pass rate: 100%

The Australian International School (AIS) had a 100% pass rate, an average score of 35.37 and a top score of 45 from one student, Alicia Wong.

Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) Independent

• Average score: 41.5
• Pass rate: 99.8%
• Size of cohort: 444
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 80.4%
• No. students scored 35 points and above:
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma:

Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) scored an average of 41.5 points. Out of 444 students, 60.4% scored between 42 and 45 points.

Hwa Chong International School

• Average score: 37
• Pass rate: 98%
• Size of cohort: 135
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 33%
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: 33%

Hwa Chong International School (HCIS) scored an average of 37 points with its largest ever cohort of 135 students. Three students from the school scored 44 points. 

The School of the Arts (SOTA)

• Average score: 39
• Pass rate: 100%
• Size of cohort: 160
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 24%

The School of the Arts (SOTA) saw nearly a quarter of its students scoring at least 35 points in the IBDP, and a very high average score of 39. Some 90% of SOTA’s students achieved excellence in the IB Career-Related Programme (IB CP) since its conception in 2014. The IB CP requires students to take up four core subjects, two diploma subjects, and undertake career-related study. There was a 100% pass rate in both the IBDP and the IBCP.

St. Joseph's Institution (SJI) International 

• Average score: 36.3 
• Pass rate: 99.5%
• Size of cohort: 189
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 28%

At St. Joseph's Institution (SJI) International, which entered its largest ever cohort of 189 students, the average score was 36.3. Although this is slightly lower than last year's average, it is well above the global average of 29.62. 13% of the Class of 2018 achieved 42 points or more.

The school says: "While we rightly celebrate those students who have scored 40 points or more, the achievements of those who have scored in the 24 to 39 point range are no less impressive. At an individual level, all of our students have achieved results that are a true testament to their hard work, determination and commitment throughout the Diploma Programme."

St. Joseph's Institution (SJI) 

• Average score: 41 
• Pass rate: 99.5%
• Size of cohort: 269
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 67%
• No. students scored 35 points and above:
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: Four

At St. Joseph's Institution (SJI) the average score was one of Singapore's highest – a very impressive 41. More than half if its cohort of 269 students scored above 40 points, and 41% (111 students) scored 42 points or better. 

Next: Table of 2018-2019 IB results for Singapore

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