IB 2019 Results: Vietnam Surpasses Global Average

Students from 11 schools in Vietnam celebrate an average score of 32.77 in the IBDP, well above the global average of 29.62, but below the average achieved in 2018.
IB 2019 Results: Vietnam Surpasses Global Average
By Carli Allan
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IB graduates at BIS Hanoi

More than 1,000 students from across Vietnam 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, which are regarded as the Gold Standard for university entry in many countries.

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 Vietnam, students from 11 schools achieved an average of 32.77 – well above the global average but lower than the 2018 Vietnam average of 33.24.

The two-year IBDP programme is currently offered at 11 international schools in Vietnam, including four that are full IB schools. A total of 490 students in Vietnam 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.

In Vietnam, the IBDP is taken at international schools including: British International School (BIS) HCMC, British International School (BIS) Hanoi, International School Ho Chi Minh City, American International School of Vietnam, Canadian International School – Vietnam, European International School HCMC, Hanoi International School, International School of Vietnam, Renaissance International School Saigon, Saigon South International School, and United Nations International School of Hanoi.

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We will update this article with results from Vietnam’s schools as we receive them.

British International School, Hanoi

• Average score: 33.4
• Pass rate: 95%
• Top score: 43
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 20%
• No. students achieved the bilingual diploma: 50%

At British International School, Hanoi (pictured above) the school’s second IB cohort achieved an average score of 33.4, which shows an improvement on last year's score of 32.3.The top mark at this Nord Anglia school was 43 points, just two short of full marks.

British International School, Ho Chi Minh City

• Average score: 35.5
• Size of cohort: 78
• No. students scored 40 points and above: 26%

The 2019 cohort at British International School, Ho Chi Minh City celebrated a high average score of 35.5. 26% of students  achieved 40 points and above, which is the level of attainment required to gain admission to the world's elite universities, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard and Stanford.

Principal Anthony Rowlands said: "BIS HCMC is a school that achieves an enviable and consistent level of success in this challenging programme. I would like to recognise the hard work and dedication of our students, along with the support given to them by our excellent staff. There is no doubt that our parents will be very proud and deservedly so, as they have played such a pivotal role in their child’s success."

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Dr Siva Kumari, the IB’s director general, said: “I extend heartfelt congratulations to students worldwide receiving their results today. They have shown a thirst for knowledge, a determination to succeed and a conviction in their ability to take on their next best step equipped with high quality preparation.

“Higher education institutions and employers alike are telling us we need young people who can collaborate, communicate and think critically while creating new knowledge. Research suggests that an IB diploma prepares students with these skills. Our alumni are addressing the challenges humanity face with open-minds and creativity. I wish this year’s graduates all the best for the future and for making our world better”.

Set up originally in the 1950s to offer a transferable education for Diplomats working for the UN, the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma Programme (DP) and the more recently added Career-related Programme (CP) – which is often linked with other external vocational qualifications – have increased in popularity around the world in recent years.

This year, some 623,000 exam papers in 72 languages were marked worldwide by over 13,700 examiners who followed internationally bench-marked grading criteria across subjects to ensure consistency.

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