Another Sha Tin College student achieves top IB score after her exam was re-marked

The ESF school now has seven in total

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Another student from Sha Tin College has scored the maximum 45 points in the 2018 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma exams, after succeeding in getting her papers re-marked.

Cheryl Wong, 18, is the seventh student from Sha Tin College to score 45 points this year. Her successful re-marking also means there are now 16 students from schools run by the English Schools Foundation (ESF) who have scored perfect marks

in this year’s IB exams.

Cheryl’s final grade was adjusted from 44 points to 45 after she had her English literature paper re-marked. She said she wanted to know if the unexpectedly low score that she got on a piece of coursework was accurate. “I did fine in my exams but my grade was dragged down by a piece of coursework, an essay, that got a four,” she said.

15 students from ESF schools score perfect marks on 2018 IB exam

“I was curious as to whether the essay was actually that bad, so I decided to [get it] re-mark[ed] and find out ... [My grade] wasn’t close to the grade boundary at all so I honestly didn’t think I had a chance. But, now that the re-mark was successful, I’m glad I went for it.”

“There’s an element of luck in [achieving] a good score in IB, especially for essay-based subjects that are more subjective. Maybe that particular examiner just hated my essay!” she joked.

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Cheryl said she planned to study law at the London School of Economics in Britain. Although she wants to return to Hong Kong to work in the future, she said studying abroad would give her more opportunities to meet new people from different backgrounds.

Cheryl also offered some advice to fellow IB students. “It’s completely normal to be bad at your subjects in the beginning. You have two years to work on it; you’ll definitely improve,” she said.

Edited by MJ Premaratne