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Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of the International Baccalaureate, said:
“This year again, IB students in Singapore have shown outstanding resilience, adaptability, and dedication to their learning. Their academic results reflect the IB family’s shared commitment to excellence. The IB is grateful and salute everyone including the educators who have supported our students throughout their learning journey, illustrating everything the IB stands for.”
Both the UK and global average pass rates are lower than last year's but, after the discussion around the grade inflation of the Covid-19 years, this was to be expected.
This years's grade awarding system returns to the IBO's pre-pandemic one. After the IB introduced “appropriate grade boundaries” in 2021 and 2022 due to the disruption caused by Covid-19, it decided that "the distribution of grades awarded for our qualifications returned close to those of May 2019."
Both 2020 and 2021 saw a rise in pass rates, average scores, diploma scores and the number of students achieving the top score. Last year's results, which were only marginally lower than 2020-21, marked a milestone in terms of 'a return to normality'.
To ensure that last year’s grades were fair and continued to take into account the disruption caused by Covid-19, the IBO said that “appropriate grade boundaries will be set for each route, building in generosity that reflects the disruption experienced in teaching and learning around the world”.
Commenting on the grading for this year's exams, the IBO states:
"In line with other national and international awarding organisations, the profile of grade distribution returned close to pre-pandemic standards. This return to established distributions of awarded grades is aligned with university expectations and has been a phased process: results for the May 2022 and November 2022 examination sessions were closer to the results of 2019 than those of 2021".
The global average IBDP score for the May 2023 session is 30.24 points.
This compares with an average of 31.98 in 2022 when students returned to exams following the Covid 19 pandemic, against 32.98 in 2021, when students received Teacher Assessed Grades.
The global average in the last full set of examinations taken by students in 2019 was 29.62, which was actually a lower average than those of 2018 of 29.76. While the 2023 global average is lower than last year, it, still remains 0.60 points above the 2019 average of 29.62.
The discussion about results should not detract from the incredible efforts of students to learn and teachers to teach. Students have worked hard during an extremely difficult time in their secondary education – and today is a day to celebrate their achievements.
The two-year IBDP programme is currently offered at 26 local and international schools in Singapore; the IBCP is currently offered at just three schools.
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, Dulwich College (Singapore), XCL World Academy, EtonHouse International School (Orchard), OWIS (Nanyang), GESS, GIIS SMART Campus, HWA International School, 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.
Some Singapore schools follow a January to December calendar and sit the IBDP exams in November. These include St Joseph’s Institution International, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Australian International School, Hwa Chong International School (HCIS), Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah, School of The Arts Singapore (SOTA),Singapore Sports School (SSP), St Joseph's Institution and ACS (International) Singapore.
The table below includes the average scores for 2023 as we receive them, as well as the size of the cohort, the pass rate, the highest score achieved out of 45, the percentage of students achieving 40-plus and 35-plus points, and the average grade.
|School||Average score 2023||Size of cohort||Pass rate||Highest score||40 points plus||35 points plus||Average grade|
|ACS (International) Singapore (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|Australian International School (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|Canadian International School||33.74||95%||44|
|Chatsworth International School||36||96.3%||44||19%|
|Dulwich College (Singapore)||36.7||118||100%||45||33%|
|EtonHouse International School (Orchard)|
|GIIS SMART Campus||35.9||45||25%||65.1%||5.6|
|HWA International School|
|Hwa Chong International (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|ISS International School Singapore|
|Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|NPS International School||38.05||44||37%||83%|
|Overseas Family School|
|School of The Arts Singapore (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|Singapore Sports School (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|SJI International (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|St Francis Methodist Church (Nov 2023 cohort)|
|St Joseph's Institution (Nov 2023 cohort)||Results in Jan 2024|
|Stamford American International School|
|Tanglin Trust School||38.7||57||100%||45|
|UWCSEA, Dover Campus||36.7||333||99.7%||34.2%|
|UWCSEA, East Campus||36.4||246||97.2%||27.7%|
|XCL World Academy, Singapore|
np = not published
Nov cohort identifies IB students who sit their IB exams in the November session; they receive their results in January of the following year. For the latest IB results for these schools, please refer to the table below, which lists their average scores for the most recent November 2022 cohort.
|School||Average score 2023||Average score 2022||Average score 2021||Average score 2020||
Average score 2019 (pre Covid-19)
|ACS (International) Singapore (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||38.04 (Jan 2023)||39.2 (Jan 2022)||36||35.3|
|Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||41.8 (Jan 2023)||42.7||41.8||41.8|
|Australian International School (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||34.7 (Jan 2023)||36.24||34||np|
|Canadian International School||33.74||37||37.9||35||34.7|
|Chatsworth International School||36||39||36||36||36|
|Dulwich College (Singapore)||36.7||38.9||39.7||37||First IB results in 2020|
|EtonHouse International School (Orchard)||32||First IB results 2022||-||-|
|GIIS SMART Campus||35.9||38.6||38.82||36||37|
|HWA International School||np||38||np||np|
|Hwa Chong International (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||38.6 (Jan 2023)||39.8||37||np|
|ISS International School Singapore||35||np||32.4||32|
|Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||np (Jan 2023)||np||34.8||First IB results 2021|
|NPS International School||38.05||39.5||41.5||37.9||37.6|
|Overseas Family School||37||37||33.9||np|
|OWIS||34||np||First IB results 2021||-|
|School of The Arts Singapore (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||39.7 (Jan 2023)||41.1||38.7||38.5|
|Singapore Sports School (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||np (Jan 2023)||42||np||np|
|SJI International (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||39 (Jan 2023)||39.3||38||37.7|
|St Francis Methodist Church (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||np (Jan 2023)||np||np||np|
|St Joseph's Institution (Nov cohort)||Jan 2024||np (Jan 2023)||42.1||41||np|
|Stamford American International School||35.2||35||32||31|
|Tanglin Trust School||38.7||41.3||40.7||39.1||38.1|
|UWCSEA, Dover Campus||36.7||38.5||39.3||37.3||37|
|UWCSEA, East Campus||36.4||37.8||39.2||36.2||36|
|XCL World Academy, Singapore||36||35||np||np|
Historical global average figures for IBDP results are documented in the table below.
|IBDP global average points||Global pass rate %||No of students globally||No. of Singapore students||Singapore average score|