On July 6th, students across the world woke up, nervously awaiting the results of their International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme assessments. After more than a year of disrupted studies and Covid-19-driven changes to the examination process, many students and teachers may have been worrying about seeing a dip in performance for IB results for Saigon students.
IB Results for Saigon Students were expected to drop sharply
However, as students logged in to receive their results, it quickly became apparent that despite the odds, IB students had achieved the impossible and delivered better results than in previous years. The global average diploma scores hit 33.02 points in May 2021, up from 31.34 in May 2020 and 29.65 in May 2019.
During 2021, the International Baccalaureate Organisation worked closely with schools and universities, to ensure that this year’s cohort would not be unduly affected by the ongoing disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, schools were offered a ‘dual route’ for assessing student performance.
In locations where traditional written examinations could be administered safely, students could take the ‘exam route’. In other locations, where the gathering of students for exams could not be managed safely, schools were able to use a combination of internal assessment coursework and teacher-predicted grades to assess student performance. Thankfully, in Vietnam, many schools were still able to take the exam route despite ongoing disruptions.
The results achieved by students at the 17 schools in Vietnam which offer IB Diploma Programmes, followed the global trend, with some schools reporting their best-ever performance. Across the country, 623 students received IB Diploma results and celebrated an average score of 36.8, 3.75 points above the global average.
For many, the IB Results for Saigon Students were highly celebrated, and some went further.
Australian International School students celebrated the school’s best-ever IB results with a 100% pass rate and an average point total of 34.4. Two students also achieved an outstanding 44 out of a maximum of 45 points putting them in the top 1% of students worldwide.
British International School HCMC also reported record-breaking results with a remarkable average score of 40.3 points alongside a 100% pass rate. 17 students at BIS achieved 44 out of 45 points, and an additional six students went one step further to obtain a perfect 45 out of 45.
Saigon South International School in District 7 and European International School in Thao Dien, were also able to celebrate world-class results, each reporting a single student achieving the maximum score possible, along with a 100% pass rate.
In fact, many of the IB Diploma schools in Ho Chi Minh City reported that the percentage of students who scored 40 points or more was far higher than the global standard. The IBO reported that less than 10% of students achieved a score of 40 or more in the May 2021’s examination sitting, whilst it is thought that approximately 30% of students in Ho Chi Minh City, were awarded this score.
At International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC), European International School (EIS), and American International School Vietnam (AISVN), where once again 100% pass rates were reported, more than 50% of students obtained a bilingual IB diploma.
The bilingual diploma, which requires candidates to perform well in two ‘language and literature subjects, or to perform well in language and literature subjects and an ‘individuals and societies or ‘science’ subject in another language, is often said to give students an advantage when applying to colleges and universities and when seeking employment. But it seems that whether they are walking away with a bilingual diploma or not, the future is certainly bright for Ho Chi Minh City’s class of 2021!
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a well-respected and widely accepted program of study that aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge. The IB Diploma is open to any student aged 16 to 19, at schools that have been authorized to implement the program. It is accepted by higher education institutions across the globe, including world-leading universities such as Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, and MIT.
There are currently around 5,500 schools offering 7,400 IB programs in 159 countries. For more information about the program, please read ‘What is the International Baccalaureate?’ in the CityPassGuide: Education resources section.
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