Singapore tops Asia-Pacific region in the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma exams
For the seventh consecutive year, Singapore is the number one nation in all of the Asia-Pacific region as far as graduates in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Exams is concerned.
Effortlessly beating out more than 94 other scores from around the world, Singapore had 57 students score the maximum of 45 points on these examinations, a new record and an example of just how serious the Singapore government and their private sector is about producing top-notch business leaders, thinkers, and innovators.
Record of 57 students maxing out on the examination represents more than half of all the top scores worldwide, really hammering home just how successful in just how groundbreaking that this new record really is.
We’re talking about something very, very special here.
Singapore has been dominant when it comes to this particular diploma examination over the past decade, really knocking it out of the park when stacked up against global competition. In fact, last year 48 students from Singapore scored a perfect 45 on the examination – beating out 1600 other students and representing a little more than half of the 81 total students that scored a perfect 45 around the world.
Globally, about 14,000 students take this examination each and every single year, and it is considered to be one of the most grueling and challenging examinations that is available to students from higher education institutions around the world.
Originally established in 1968 in Geneva, the International Baccalaureate examination is now offered at over 4500 schools across 150 territories and countries around the globe.
Six different subjects and the Theory of Knowledge (a course that combines philosophy, religion, logical reasoning, and other more esoteric courses and skills) are all part of the test, with students also having to study a second language, research and write a 4000 word essay, and requiring all students to participate in community service projects as well as become a project leader.
This isn’t a pop quiz, that’s for sure!
As it has become immediately apparent, students in Singapore are amongst some of the best prepared for taking this examination in particular. The number one ranked nation globally when it comes to students that are able to pass this examination for seven years in a row, their dominance is absolutely unprecedented – but really points to the seriousness with which the Singapore educational system takes excellence.
Singapore has long been regarded as one of the most forward thinking and dedicated nations around the world when it comes to education and investing in their young people. Not only is this country capable of funneling money into public schools as well as private charters, but it’s also built a society that rewards those that think creatively, innovatively, and those that take on big challenges and risks to grow the economy as well as the reputation of the nation at the exact same time.
It’s unlikely that Singapore is ever going to “drift off” when it comes to dominating this kind of test. No one should be surprised if they continue to produce the highest number of students passing this examination for the next 10 years at the very least!