Understanding International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

Last month, we talked about poly as another viable alternative to university.  Some students have asked about the IB Programme?  How different is it from the A levels?

To begin with, both IB and A levels are globally recognised 2-year programmes for university admission.  Unlike the A levels where the entire grade would be awarded in the final exams, IB focuses on consistent work.  This consistent work throughout the 2 years will contribute 20 to 30 percent of the final  grade.  The final exam makes up 70 to 80 percent.

Generally, students who are self-motivated with good time management, and prefer to explore learning out of classroom will find the IB programme enriching.  They are also likely to do well.

There are currently 4 national schools offering the programme:

  1. Anglo Chinese School (Independent) ACS (I) L1R5 cut-off: 5
  2. St. Joseph Institution (SJI) L1R5 cut-off: 7
  3. School of Arts (SOTA) Requires talent in the arts
  4. Singapore Sports School Requires sports talent
source: The Straits Times
source: The Straits Times

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