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FAQs

What are the advantages of IBDP at Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School?

The 50 year old legacy of Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, being ranked No 1 in Co-curricular education, and internationalism, it was a very natural progression for the school to step into International Education. At the school under the able leadership and guidance of the Director Education and Principal Mrs Revathi Srinivasan, we offer a harmonious blend of Indianness and Internationalism giving the students a platform to the top universities in India and abroad for higher education.

Is the IB only for the top students?

The answer is a definite ‘no’. The rigors of the IB Diploma should not be construed to mean that only the very best students can benefit from the program. An average student with good motivation and time-management skills is an appropriate Diploma candidate. Almost all students would benefit from taking one or more IB courses in the areas of particular strength and interest. Students, parents, teachers, and counselors should be involved in the discussion of appropriate course selection.

What are the requirements for a full Diploma program?
  • Six subjects one from each subject group or one subject from Group 3 or 4 in place of Group 6
  • Core-Theory of Knowledge(TOK), Extended Essay , Creativity Activity, Service(CAS)
What is HL and SL?

Standard level subjects take up 150 teaching hours. Higher level comprises 240 teaching hours.

How do the DP students choose subjects?

Students will take some subjects at higher level (HL) and some at standard level (SL). HL and SL courses differ in scope but are measured according to the same grade descriptors, with students expected to demonstrate a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills at a higher level.Each student takes at least three (but not more than four) subjects at higher level, and the remaining at standard level.

Will my child adjust from the traditional methods of board exams to the modern methods of international education?

The international approach to education is exciting, student- friendly and activity based, and students adjust quickly. Students love to learn, and since the approach is based on learning, students love it. Most students are a little bit shy at first, and there are a few anxious moments when they are asked to present their ideas, communicate clearly, work in groups, ask questions, and formulate clear and convincing arguments. However, students quickly overcome their fears, doubts and anxieties, and become more confident learners.

What are the changes in Mathematics in the IBDP?

From August 2019 the following courses, with first assessment in May 2021, are available:

  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches SL
  • Mathematics: analysis and approaches HL
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation SL
  • Mathematics: applications and interpretation HL

Students can only study one course in mathematics.

All DP mathematics courses serve to accommodate the range of needs, interests and abilities of students, and to fulfill the requirements of various university and career aspirations.

Students are also encouraged to appreciate the international dimensions of mathematics and the multiplicity of its cultural and historical perspectives.

If my child has opted out Maths in grade 10 will he/ she be able to cope with IBDP, with Maths as a compulsory option?

The applicant can choose Mathematics AI at the SL which is at the standard level.

Which universities recognize the IB in India?

The IBDP students from our school have gained admissions to leading colleges, which include St. Xavier’s College, H.R. College, K.C. College, Poddar College, Ramnarain Ruia College, N.M. College, Jai Hind College, Sophia College, Wellingkar Institute of Management, K. J. Somaiya, Government Law College, Pravin Gandhi College of Law in Mumbai; D Y Patil Dental College and Hospital, in Navi Mumbai; FLAME (Foundation for Liberal and Management Education) and Symbiosis in Pune; Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi; Government Law College in Bangalore; National University of Juridical Science in Kolkata; Stella Maris in Chennai; St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore; Jindal Global Law School in Sonepat - Haryana and Institute of Hotel Management in Aurangabad,Christ College, Manipal University, SNDT, Ashoka University to name a few.

Which are the Universities abroad that recognize IBDP?

IB students have made it to the East coast Ivies-Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania; Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Minnesota; University of Florida, Florida State University, Brown University, Stanford University, Columbia University, University of California –Berkeley, Harvard University, New York University, University of Michigan -Ann Arbor, University of Miami, Cornell University, Duke University, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, University of Central Florida, Boston University, University of California -Los Angeles, University of Virginia, UNC Chapel Hill, Princeton University, Drexel University, Simon Fraser University, Ohio State University, State Institute of Art, Wilfred Laurier University, Emily Carr University, University of Dexeter, Kingston University, University of Lancastot, National Films School, Leeds etc to name a few.

How is the Diploma Programme different from other pre-university academic programmes?

IBDP students explore the connections between the six major subject areas, study each subject through an international perspective, reflect critically on aspects of knowledge, pursue one subject in great detail through independent research, and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills through local and community service.The IB diploma is widely recognized by colleges and universities around the world as superior preparation for students to succeed at post-secondary institutions.

How do IB students have an advantage for admissions to Universities abroad?

Group 1 courses (Studies in language and literature) are comparable with IELTS/TOEFL requirements for admissions in the UK.
In the US, the Diploma students get credits equivalent to the AP credits.
If a student gets a grade 7 in the subjects that he is opting for as a major in his college he is exempted from 3 or 6 month credits so saves time and can add extra credits.

How does the IB assess student’s work?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses. DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills in fulfilling these goals. In addition to academic skills, DP assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills, wherever appropriate. Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student's position in the overall rank order.

How are the assessments used by the IB?

The IB uses both external and internal assessment in the DP.

External assessment
Examinations form the basis of the assessment for most courses.
This is because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability.

They include:

  • essays
  • structured problems
  • short-response questions
  • data-response questions
  • text-response questions
  • case-study based questions

Internal assessment

Teacher assessment is also used for most courses. This includes:

  • oral work in languages
  • Research projects and commentaries
  • laboratory work in the sciences
  • investigations in mathematics
  • artistic performances
What is the DP exam schedule and when are assessment results declared?

Assessment results for IB exam sessions held in May are issued on 5 July each year.

How often can students retake exams and how can these changes affect DP points?

Students can retake exams a maximum of two times. A diploma candidate has a maximum of three examination sessions in which to obtain the diploma.

Do Indian institutes recognize IB? Is IB only for students who want to go abroad for higher education?

All universities in India accept the IB Diploma as equivalent to Class 12 qualification from an Indian board. The IB Diploma has been recognized by the AIU as an entry qualification to all universities in India since 1983 and renewed in 2010. According to AIU: “The International Baccalaureate Diploma…has been equated with +2 stage (Grade 12) qualification of an Indian Board since 1983.Students intending to join Indian Universities after completion of their IB qualifications are eligible to pursue Bachelor’s degree programme at Indian Universities. Those intending to join Professional Degree programmes…are required to have studied the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics and English at the qualifying level.” (AIU, Dec, 2010).

Will the DP students get percentage equivalence since admissions in India require percentage criteria?

Upon release of their results, DP students can apply for an equivalence certificate from AIU or apply directly to the eligibility department of the university they wish to attend. Prior to commencing the DP, students and parents should make direct contact with the college or university he or she would like to attend to check specific course and entry requirements and become familiar with the required subject and levels combination for that course.
As universities in India require a hard copy of the AIU document detailing percentage equivalency, the IB forwards these documents to the school’s DP coordinator upon request. To request this service; students must notify their DP coordinator of their intention to gain entrance into an Indian university. The coordinator will then submit the request using the Request for results service on IBIS (secured website for IB coordinators). Following the issue of results for the session in which a candidate has taken their examinations, the candidate must submit their transcript requests directly to the IB. Each request will incur a transcript request fee.

How will the programme benefit my ward?

The DP programme enables the students to be better equipped to pursue higher studies abroad by developing in them appropriate life skills and attributes such as self-confidence, self-discipline, sense of responsibility and accountability, critical thinking, interpersonal and research skills. Their quest for active and lifelong learning leads to their own holistic development.

Will my ward be able to balance the academic requirements of the DP programme and extra-curricular activities?

The DP programme enables/trains students to manage their time efficiently and limiting their stress levels to the minimum by streamlining timely completion and submission of assignments/ Internal Assessments. The CAS component also prepares them for community service along with physical wellbeing. This intellectual, emotional and physical balance enables them to deal with challenges effectively.

What are the traits that are expected in a DP student?

Perseverance, Self-motivated learning, Right aptitude and keen interest, Ability to make a right choice of the subjects/ research topics that will help in fulfilling his future aspirations, liberal outlook / broad minded perspective, analytical Reasoning and Critical thinking, ability to prioritize tasks, discernment.

Do DP teachers receive special training?

All DP teachers receive professional development in the IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for all IB World Schools implementing the DP.

Do DP students have time for anything beyond academics?

Absolutely, most successful Diploma Programme students lead very full lives. They are often members of athletic teams and involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. Time management and organization are key skills the IB develops in students.

How does IB Support University Admission?

The International Baccalaureate® (IB), and the Diploma Programme (DP) in particular, enjoys a high level of respect and recognition among the world’s higher education institutions. For students, success in the IB often results in advanced standing, course credit, scholarships, and other admissions related benefits at many universities. The IB works with the higher education community to ensure IB students get the recognition they have earned, as well as to examine and further develop our programmes to make sure we continue to offer the best preparation for university studies and life beyond

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