SABIS® Students Beat Global Averages on 2013 AP® Exams

Oct 2013 #Academics

The 2013-14 academic year started on a high note with outstanding results for students in SABIS® member schools on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP®) exams.  Integrated into the challenging SABIS® curriculum, the AP® program gives students the chance to cover college-level curriculum while still in high school, opening the door to them to earn college credit or advanced placement at university and stand out in the college admission process.

Each spring over a two-week period, students around the globe take AP® exams in a variety of subjects and formats  – oral, written, and practical.  In the spring of 2013, 990 students from 22 SABIS® member schools took exams in 27 AP® subjects ranging from AP® Biology to AP® World History.  When the two weeks were over, students had taken a total of 2,725 exams.

Results, which were released in early July, show that SABIS® students earned the highest scores of 3, 4, or 5 on 80% of the AP® examinations taken.  The 2013 results reflect an improvement of 6% over 2012, when 74% of scores earned were 3, 4, or 5.  Subjects in which SABIS® students were particularly successful included Calculus AB and BC, Chemistry, Chinese and French Language & Culture, Physics B, German, Spanish Language and Literature, Studio Art, and U.S. History. Ninety (90) to 100% of the scores in these subjects were 3, 4, or 5.

Students in the SABIS® School Network traditionally out perform global averages, and the 2013 performance is no different.  With the global average currently standing at 65% earning 3, 4, or 5, SABIS®’s 80% significantly exceeded the norm.

In addition to the possibility of earning college credit or advanced placement, students can also earn special recognition based on their individual results.  AP® Scholar awards are awarded at three levels: AP® Scholar, AP® Scholar with Honor, and AP® Scholar with Distinction.  For example, at SABIS® member school, the International School of Choueifat-Abu Dhabi (ISC-Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates, an impressive 102 of the 188 students who sat for AP® exams received recognition from the College Board for their outstanding performance. “We are very proud of our AP® scholars,” said Ms. Malak Malak, ISC-Abu Dhabi Acting Director. “At ISC-Abu Dhabi we share the SABIS® commitment to continually seek improvement and never become complacent. In line with this commitment, we aim to raise the bar every year. This academic year we exceeded the number of AP® Scholars last year and surpassed our own target of 100 AP® Scholars. This is a great achievement for us all.”

All member schools in the SABIS® School Network follow the SABIS® Educational System, which includes a rigorous, international college-preparatory curriculum that integrates concepts covered on a wide range of external examinations including the Advanced Placement. In all member schools, SABIS® students consistently achieve stellar results on external exams and are accepted in the most prestigious universities around the world.

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