A's or IB?

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A's or IB?

Postby CentralControl » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:42 pm

which one is better to take if you want to get a scholarship to harvard?

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Postby powergrape » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:52 pm

If i'm not wrong, IB (International Baccalureate) is better as it is worldwide recognised. But for GCE "A" levels, i'm not too sure.

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Postby StefanLRJ » Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:37 pm

I would say IB.

These few years, the western countries have been looking up to IB Students more than A Level students mainly due to the students it produces. IB Produce students who are more all-rounded compared to A Levels because students will need to take up 6 different subject form different subject group. (First Language, Second Language, Science, Humanities, Music and Arts)

Moreover, IB Students will have to take ToK and do services

You can head to ibo.org to see which school is affiliated with the IB Organization.

I hope this helped a little.

I'm quite a pro-IB person, but you should see more views about the A Levels too.

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Postby frankchn » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:57 pm

I don't think HYPSM (that is, Harvard Yale Princeton Stanford MIT) makes any sort of distinction between A-levels and IB. (At least there isn't such distinction in my experience)

Anyway, there are tonnes of 40+ pointers and straight A scorers for A-levels from Singapore, so they make their decisions based off other criteria - SAT scores, CCA, essays, teacher recommendations, interviews, etc... Quite a holistic (but unpredictable) process.

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Postby Jean.H » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:19 am

I suppose IB would be better.

I have a friend's daughter who went through ACS(IB) and in the end regretted her choice. Although they don't go through the major As, the IB programme is very exhausting. I'm sure that scoring well for As will be able to get you to Harvard too.

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Postby xxjustakidxx » Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:43 pm

Jean.H wrote:I suppose IB would be better.

I have a friend's daughter who went through ACS(IB) and in the end regretted her choice. Although they don't go through the major As, the IB programme is very exhausting. I'm sure that scoring well for As will be able to get you to Harvard too.


ACJC you mean, ACS's a boy's school.

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Postby CentralControl » Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:11 pm

how much harder is the IB than the O levels? ... just a question, since from a sec. school, how much tougher is IB?

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Postby boondad » Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:49 am

ACS(I) admits DDs for years 5&6 in the IB program.

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Postby pinky » Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:06 pm

IB-if you are heading to U in USA, Canada
A levels-if you are heading for local Us and UK
That's what my friend told me.
Not sure about Australia/NZ/Europe U, can anyone advise?

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Postby VitoRelax » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:04 pm

Just wondering, for top schools like RGS & Nanyang, they only offer IP program to PSLE students.

So these students will be transferred to RJC to do A level ?

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