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Record Number of Private School Students Receive IB Results in Australia

January 09, 2024

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The number of private school students receiving their International Baccalaureate (IB) final results has reached a record high. A staggering 739 students marked the culmination of their IB journey on Wednesday, demonstrating an impressive doubling in the candidature over the past decade. However, this heightened interest in the IB did not correlate with a surge in perfect scores. As the International Baccalaureate authorities discontinued their pandemic-related hardship adjustments, a dip in the number of students achieving the coveted maximum score of 45 was anticipated for last year’s exams.

The Growing Appeal of the International Baccalaureate
The IB has been steadily gaining ground over the Higher School Certificate (HSC), primarily due to its strong emphasis on global education and university preparation. As the number of students opting for the IB continues to rise, more schools, including public institutions in New South Wales (NSW), are expected to embrace this educational framework in the coming years.

High Achievers Amidst the Crowd
Despite the overall decrease in perfect scores, the high achievers of the cohort shone through. Among the standout performers was a student from Westbourne College who clinched a perfect score, a testament to the program’s ability to nurture exceptional talent. However, it’s worth noting that the number of students pursuing the IB is still markedly lower than those taking the HSC.

Universities Admissions Centre Takes Action
In a parallel development, the Universities Admissions Centre announced the implementation of an ‘improved conversion schedule for IB scores.’ This initiative aims to address the apparent imbalance in the conversion of IB scores to university admission ranks, notably the equivalence to the top Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99.95. This move is crucial in ensuring a fair playing field for all students, irrespective of whether they opt for the IB or the HSC.


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