22 April 2019
Oscar Yeung (inset, second from right) is in the IB program at Diocesan Boys' School. Photos: Internet, Wen Wei Po
Oscar Yeung (inset, second from right) is in the IB program at Diocesan Boys' School. Photos: Internet, Wen Wei Po

Top British universities offer student place before IB exams

A 17-year-old Diocesan Boys’ School (DBS) student has received offers from four universities, three of which are leading British institutions, before he sits the International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations in May, Sky Post reported Tuesday.

With a mock exam score of 43 (out of a possible 45) at DBS, Oscar Yeung secured conditional offers from Cambridge University, University College London and the University of Warwick, as well as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is waiting to hear from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong.

Oscar said he is suited to the IB curriculum, which requires a more analytical mind and self-initiated learning instead of the memorising and reciting often highlighted in the traditional curriculum.

Outside the classroom, he is a member of the drama team and the school choir.

At an interview at Cambridge, he was pleasantly surprised that the interviewer only asked for a discussion on Tyler Cowen’s book An Economist Gets Lunch.

Now Oscar has set his sights on studies in economics and has turned reading The Economist from part of his preparation for interviews into a habit.

His advice for students considering the IB route is to be prepared for a change in the way they learn, as IB courses require students to start writing long essays of up to 4,000 words, similar to what university students do.

Charles Wu, coordinator of IB courses at DBS, said the selection panel assesses whether students interested in the IB program have broad competence and potential in up to 10 areas — communication skills, an open mind, critical thinking, knowledgability, caring for things around them, adventurousness, curiosity, principles, lack of bias and willingness to reflect.

Students at the school, which is renowned for churning out top IB graduates, had an average score of 38 over the last three years, with two students scoring the full mark of 45.

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