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Hong Kong students raise their game with 25 perfect scores in IB exams

Fifteen ESF pupils achieve the maximum 45 marks, along with six at St Paul’s Co-Educational College

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 July, 2017, 9:00pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 July, 2017, 10:46pm

At least 25 students clinched perfect scores in the International Baccalaureate (IB) examination, seven more than last year.

Among those achieving the maximum 45 points were 15 from international schools under the English Schools Foundation (ESF), six from St Paul’s Co-Educational College, and one each from Canadian International School, Diocesan Boys’ School, German Swiss International School and Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School.

It was the best performance by the seven ESF schools, prior to any exam reviews, since they adopted the IB diploma as a university entrance qualification in 2007.

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Two thousand students in 29 international and local schools took the IB exam, according to the International Baccalaureate Organisation, a non-profit educational foundation that authorises schools to offer the curriculum.

The majority of students in Hong Kong take the city’s own Diploma of Secondary Education while a few sit the British A-level curriculum.

It was all very exciting. My grandmother started crying [when I told her]
Nicole Hon Wing-lam, star pupil

IB diploma candidates are required to tackle six subjects, three at standard level and the rest at a higher level. In addition, students must complete three components, which include assessments such as a 4,000-word research paper and projects in art performance, sports or community service.

Grades are based on regular coursework throughout a two-year period and exams taken in May.

Nicole Hon Wing-lam, 17, the top scorer at Canadian International School, said the news was “very unexpected”.

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“My IB coordinator called me during dinner and asked me about my summer. I had no idea what was to come. It was all very exciting. My grandmother started crying [when I told her],” she told the Post.

Hon, who is deciding between studying medicine at the University of Hong Kong or microbiology at the University of Toronto in Canada, said leading a balanced study life had helped her get through the gruelling exams.

“During that time, I didn’t quit doing other things. I did yoga, figure skating and continued to play in our school band. It helped keep me mentally sane and helped me not to be too overwhelmed with exams,” the teenager said.

Eighteen Hong Kong students received the top score last year out of a total of 147 worldwide.