Why the International Baccalaureate Diploma is such a Great Qualification to Have

The International Baccalaureate – yes, that is how it is spelled – or simply ‘IB’, is a rigorous course that challenges individuals to immerse themselves in an advanced academic curriculum. Students tackle this course alongside the tasks of completing an Extended Essay, a Theory of Knowledge course, as well as Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) requirements.

The obvious advantages of an IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) qualification include having a diploma recognised in more than 150 countries throughout the world, which helps because it gives kids my age options that will be beneficial as we narrow down what we want to do when we get older, and where we want to go for university. But the best thing about the IBDP is that it pushes students to research and explore beyond what is taught in the classroom. We develop a habit of extending our knowledge in the real world and become globally-aware individuals. Our Theory of Knowledge (TOK) lessons, in particular, assist us in augmenting our critical analysis skills and further utilising these skills in our other various subjects.

For many students, exams, tests, and essays can be stressful, but IB pushes us to become even better at organising workloads, managing our time, taking responsibility for our mistakes, and growing holistically. I’ve been told that there is nothing more satisfying than walking out of your last IB exam, completing the diploma and proudly proclaiming “Yes, I completed IB!”

By Shu Min, Year 12, YCIS Pudong Secondary

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