The long wait was over this week for International Baccalaureate (IB) students, who finally found out their results. A number of local students achieved a perfect score of 45. About 150,000 candidates around the world sat the May 2016 exams. The overall average was 30.07 points, with 146 students hitting the top score.
The city’s highest achievers were excited about their result. Angus Leung Shek-ming, 18, from Victoria Shanghai Academy (VSA), got a perfect IB score. He told Young Post he plans to study Global Business Studies at Chinese University. “I’m overjoyed as I didn’t expect it, but getting the top score means my hard work paid off. My parents, classmates and teachers were all very happy too,” Leung said.
About 23 per cent of VSA’s 56 IB students scored at least 40 with an average of 36.03 and one perfect score.
Meanwhile, Canadian International School (CDNIS) reported an average of 36.5 points among its 122 students. Of the two who won a perfect score, Alina Bharwani, 17, was considering studying medicine at the University of Hong Kong or Chinese University. CDNIS’s other top scorer, Margaret Ho, 17, said she might study medicine locally, or neuroscience at Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Johns Hopkins University.
German Swiss International School had three perfect scorers, plus another 29 scoring at least 40. The school’s average score among its 46 students was 40.17.
St. Paul’s Co-educational College students got an average of 40.3, with five students achieving 44 points. This is the fourth year the college has held the IB programme. Last year, 32 pupils at the college took part in the programme and the number is expected to reach 66 by 2017, the school said.
To achieve the maximum mark of 45, students have to obtain a score of seven in all six major subjects in addition to securing three extra points in both the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.