The fourth part of our series covers details regarding Grade 9 and 10. How do the different boards handle grade 10? How many subjects are covered? What are the types of assessments? Sheetal Multani gives the answers to these questions and more.
Q.1 Are International Boards easier than ICSE?
A 1. ICSE board is more content and knowledge driven as compared to the international boards which are more skill and concept driven. The vast syllabus of ICSE, which includes compulsory languages, math, 2 papers of social studies (History and Geography), 3 papers of sciences (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) makes ICSE more cumbersome for students. In comparison, International boards offer a vast choice of subjects. In addition, even within a particular subject, a student can choose a higher level or standard level according to his/her competency in that subject. This gives the student an opportunity to pursue the subject and gain knowledge, even though it might be his/her weak area. Also, in the primary years, International Education emphasises only on key subjects like English math and science with no added burden of doing additional subjects.
On the flip side, ICSE or CBSE students are better adapted at cracking Medicine and Engineering entrance exams in India as they have a deeper knowledge of all 3 sciences and Math. However, in international boards, students have to choose any one subject from each subject area, which means any one science out of 3 sciences. Each board has its pros and cons depending on what is suitable for “your” child.
Q. 2. Pure IB schools in India are opting for direct progression from MYP to IBDP. Is it true?
A.2. We see this shift coming up in the near future where by a student in a Pure IB Board school can have a smooth progression from MYP to IBDP Programme. The MYP is open to any student aged 11 to 16 at schools that have been authorized to implement the programme. The MYP is a five-year programme, which can be implemented in a partnership between schools, or in several abbreviated (two, three or four year) formats. Students who complete the MYP are well-prepared to undertake the IBDP. In the final year of the programme, optional MYP eAssessment provides IB-validated grades based on examinations and course work. Students who undertake external assessment are eligible for MYP course results and the IB MYP Certificate. However, this is not equivalent to a board exam, like the IGCSE, ICSE or CBSE Board exam. A student who pursues MYP has to continue to doing IBDP. He/she cannot switch to a state board (HSC) or national board (ISC) or A levels.
Note: – Most of the established IB schools in India are still following the MYP for 3 years followed with IGCSE.
Q. 3. What is the Core and Extended option in IGCSE ?
A.3. Extended is a regular paper for which grades are given as per students’ performance. E.g. if a student gets 100 on 100 marks in math, he/ she will get A+. Core is an easier paper than its extended format, but in a Core paper, if a student gets 100 on 100 marks, he/she will still be given a grade C. In a core paper, students cannot get A+, A and B grades. Therefore, if a student feels he/she is weak in a particular subject but still wants to pursue it, the student can do so at an easier level.
Q. 4. Why does IGCSE board have pre-prelims and prelims?
A.4. If an IGCSE student wishes to continue his/her further education in local colleges affiliated to Mumbai University, he/she will have to appear for their IGCSE board Exam in the month of October/ November to get results in time, before local colleges start their admission process. Appearing for the October/ November exam gives the student only 18 months vs 2 years. Therefore, pre-prelims give students a chance to prepare for an early board exam. However, in recent years, IGCSE exams are also being offered in the month of Feb/Mar only for students studying in India, to facilitate application to local colleges in time.
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