Difference between A-level and IB Math

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Difference between A-level and IB Math

Postby jenny lee » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:17 am

My child will be finishing her O level this year. We are considering whether to enrol her in a IB school or JC. Her weakest subject is Mathematics. Can someone explain the difference between A-level Math and IB Math? Thank you.

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Re: Difference between A-level and IB Math

Postby Avicii » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:19 pm

There are numerous subjects available in Group 5(Mathematics/Computer Science) component in the International Baccalaureate. They are:

Mathematical Studies Standard Level
This subject caters for students with varied backgrounds and abilities. The syllabus is designed to build confidence and encourage an appreciation of mathematics in students who do not anticipate a need for mathematics in their future studies. Students taking this subject will be taught the fundamental skills and a rudimentary knowledge of basic processes.

Mathematics Standard Level
This subject caters for students who have read high school mathematics(IGCSE/SPM/'O'Level) and already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and are able to apply discernible mathematical techniques correctly. Students taking this subject will be equipped with relevant tertiary-level knowledge of mathematics that will enable them to qualify for a Business/Economics/Chemistry-related degree programme.

Mathematics Higher Level
This subject caters for students with a good background in high school mathematics(IGCSE/SPM/'O'Level). Students are recommended to possess a strong foundation in the subject and good analytical & technical skills. Students taking this subject will be expecting to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within degree programmes such as Physics/Engineering/Statistics. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

Further Mathematics Standard Level
This subject caters for students who have read and excelled in high school mathematics(IGCSE/SPM/'O'Level). Students are also required to have a passion in mathematics. The syllabus is designed specifically to allow students to learn about a variety of branches of complex mathematics in-depth and also to appreciate practical applications.

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For the GCE A-Level Mathematics on the other hand consists of two major components. They are H1 Mathematics 8864 and H2 Mathematics 9740. A detailed information of the two subjects are available through SEAB's website: http://www.seab.gov.sg/aLevel/syllabusSchool_Info.html

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Re: Difference between A-level and IB Math

Postby whitecorp » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:26 am

I doubt TS's child is going to do a very rigorous form of maths beyond the O levels. Standard IB maths is typically much more manageable for most compared to A level maths. In this respect, you would have more time to focus on other subjects you are stronger in.

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Re: Difference between A-level and IB Math

Postby Yoke » Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:29 am

You may want to consult Mr Max Tan who has taught A-level math in Hwa Chong Institution and IB math in ACS (Independent). His contact details can be found in www.truelearning.com.sg
My child is currently tutored by him for sec 1 math in the centre.

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Re: Difference between A-level and IB Math

Postby rylee » Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:38 am

Yoke wrote:You may want to consult Mr Max Tan who has taught A-level math in Hwa Chong Institution and IB math in ACS (Independent). His contact details can be found in http://www.truelearning.com.sg
My child is currently tutored by him for sec 1 math in the centre.


Hi yoke, is jurong east the only centre? Looking for a good tuition centre to coach my DS for ip maths and science. Jurong was is a bit far for us. Thanks.

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Re: Difference between A-level and IB Math

Postby jenny lee » Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:58 pm

Thanks Yoke. I've spoken to Mr Max.

Yoke wrote:You may want to consult Mr Max Tan who has taught A-level math in Hwa Chong Institution and IB math in ACS (Independent). His contact details can be found in http://www.truelearning.com.sg
My child is currently tutored by him for sec 1 math in the centre.

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