Why Singapore students consistently ace IB exam

Mr Tan Aik Wen, one of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)'s 27 perfect scorers in 2017: "To do well in such a system, I tried to pace myself. This meant not studying excessively hard and burning out early, which many IB students are prone to do, give
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) teachers Koh Tiang Peng (left) and Terence Chiew. Mr Koh was among the first batch of ACS (I) IB students, while Mr Chiew has taught at the school for 13 years.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

High standards of education, students with better grades take the test among reasons

If the A-level exam is a sprint, the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme is a marathon.

That is how Mr Tan Aik Wen, one of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)'s 27 perfect scorers in 2017, described his time in the school's IB programme.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 21, 2019, with the headline 'Why Singapore students consistently ace IB exam'. Print Edition | Subscribe