Eight students from the English Schools Foundation and one from St. Paul’s Co-educational College have scored the full mark of 45 in this year’s International Baccalaureate Diploma program, local newspapers reported on Tuesday.
A total of 1,900 Hong Kong students took the exams this year, up 19 percent from 2013. Worldwide, nearly 140,000 students took the test.
The two-year educational program provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, and is accepted by many universities worldwide.
The average score was 29.81 globally, while Hong Kong had an average of 35.21, Sky Post reported.
St. Paul’s top scorer this year is student union president Stephanie Wu Oi-lam. She said she plans to study medicine in Hong Kong, Ta Kung Pao reported.
Of the 23 students from St. Paul’s who took the IBD program this year, 60 percent scored 40 or above.
At ESF, a total of 937 students took the exams this year. Eight scored the full mark, up from six last year, Sing Tao Daily reported.
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