Students at international schools in Vietnam received their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) results today (July 6) following another disruptive year in education due to Covid-19. Whilst most UK exam boards cancelled in-school examinations this summer, the International Baccalaureate Organisation took the decision this year to offer schools a dual route option: written examinations, where they could be administered safely, or a non-exam route using a combination of internal assessment coursework and teacher-predicted grades, where they could not.
A total of 170,660 students worldwide took the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) or Career-related Programme (IBCP) this year. 104,275 were in the non-exam route and 65,576 in the exam route (and 809 were split between both routes). The number of students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) was 87,307 compared to 86,657 last May.
In Vietnam, 10 schools went ahead with exams while two schools "were unable to administer exams"; both routes were implemented "due to the impact of Covid-19, local restrictions, and adverse circumstances".
The minimum point requirement for the award of the Diploma is 23 points with the highest award being 45 points.
Despite all the upheaval of the Covid-19 pandemic, the IB's dual route option of exam or non-exam assessments has seen a rise in pass rates, average scores, diploma scores and the number of students achieving the top score. Commenting on the IB's global results, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General of the International Baccalaureate, said:
"A key responsibility of the IB this year has been to ensure that our students are not disadvantaged by the pandemic, including in their applications to university and higher education. The many changes we have made to this summer’s session are part of this commitment to ensure students are not affected by the hugely challenging circumstances in which they have been learning."
The two-year IBDP programme is currently offered at 12 international schools in Vietnam, including four that are full IB schools. These include: 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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At British International School (BIS) Hanoi, the average score was 38.2 and the pass rate was 100%. While one student scored 45/45, 41% of the cohort achieved 40 points or more, and 68% of students were awarded the Bilingual Diploma.
Students at United Nations International School of Hanoi celebrated with a 100% pass rate and 40% gaining 40 points or more - including three graduates gaining the perfect score of 45 and more than 50% with Bilingual Diplomas.
Students at European International School HCMC achieved a strong average score of 35.2 and 100% pass rate. The highest score was the top mark of 45.
The cohort at Renaissance International School Saigon achieved an average score of 34 points; four students gained over 40 points, and the school's top scorer was awarded 43 points.
The May 2021 cohort at Canadian International School – Vietnam achieved an average score of 32.6, and the school's top score was 41.