Academic performance

KIST’s offers all three IB programs (PYP, MYP & DP) with curriculum content tailored for success in the culminating Diploma Program.  All students in Grades 11 and 12 at KIST study in the Diploma Programme. For each graduating class since our inception, the KIST DP average score has been well above the DP world average score. The statistics for DP performance at KIST from the past 5 years are shown in the table below.

Students in the IB Diploma Programme study 6 subjects and can attain a maximum of 7 points in each subject. Three additional points may be attained from completing the core Diploma required assessment components of Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge course. Candidates can thereby attain a maximum score of 45 points in the Diploma Programme.

*Globally, statistical averages indicate that less than 50% of students take the full DP with approximately 80% of those students attaining the IB Diploma

KIST is very proud to have attained another year of spectacular results by our DP graduates last year. In particular,

  • Of the 37 graduates for 2017, 35 of them (95%) were enrolled in the full Diploma Programme
  • 36 of the 37 students (97%) enrolled in the full Diploma Programme at KIST attained IB Diplomas
  • The average score for KIST students attaining the IB Diploma was 38.03 points. Once our students have attained the highest averages in KIST history.
  • KIST's lowest DP score (31) was above the 2017 IB DP global average of 29.95.
  • 14 KIST students attaining the IB Diploma (40%) attained scores of 40 points or above and thereby qualify to be considered for the KIST Founder’s Award Scholarships.
  • 4 students attained the school’s highest score of 43 points; 2 students attained 42 points; 2 students attained 41 points; 6 students attained 40 points.
  • 46% of students attaining the IB Diploma attended KIST from PYP, with 43% of the students attaining 40 points or above at KIST from PYP. 

Congratulations graduates and best wishes for continued success as you commence your university adventures.

KIST students performed more than half a point over the IB world average score in 78% of the courses delivered at KIST (shaded orange and green below) and more than one full point over the IB world averages in over 52% of the courses we offer (shaded green below).

The chart below shows a breakdown of our KIST averages and a comparison against the IB DP world average scores for each course.

Course Level KIST DP
Course
Average
IB DP World
Averages
for 2017
KIST +/- over
IB DP World
Average
English A L&L HL 5.90 4.95 1.00
SL 5.64 5.18 0.46
Japanese A L&L HL 6.00 5.87 0.13
SL 6.00 5.52 0.48
Japanese Ab initio SL 6.33 4.89 1.44
Japanese B HL 7.00 6.24 0.76
SL 6.60 5.15 1.44
Economics HL 6.33 4.72 1.18
SL 5.71 4.72 0.99
Geography HL 5.50 5.20 0.30
SL 6.00 4.80 1.20
History HL 6.00 4.60 1.40
SL 5.67 5.19 0.48
Env Sys &Societies SL 4.80 4.19 0.61
Biology HL 5.00 4.32 0.68
SL 5.00  4.20 0.80
Chemistry HL 5.53 4.48 1.05
SL 6.50 3.95 2.55
Physics HL 6.45 4.65 1.80
SL 6.00 4.08 1.92
Mathematics Studies 6.43 4.30 2.13
HL 7.00 4.72 2.28
SL 6.23 4.37 1.86
Music HL 4.00 4.53 -0.53
SL 5.25 4.29 0.96
Visual Arts HL 5.25 4.65 0.60
SL 6.50 4.16 2.34

 

To measure student progress against international benchmarks, all KIST students in Grades 5-9 sit the International Schools’ Assessment (ISA), a standardized assessment of proficiency in mathematics literacy, reading, expository writing and narrative writing. More information about the ISA can be found by clicking here.

The statistics for ISA performance at KIST for the 2016-17 school year are shown below.

To measure student progress against international benchmarks, and to prepare students for the university application process, all KIST students in Grades 10 sit the College Board PSAT exam in November each year. As PSAT exams are scored on a common scale with the SAT exams, student scores would have received the same score on the SAT as they attained on the PSAT. The PSAT is a standardized assessment implemented by the College Board of proficiency in mathematics and evidence-based reading and writing. More information about the PSAT can be found by clicking here.

Below is a comparison of 2016-17 KIST Grade 10 student performance against the grade-level benchmark scores published by the College Board. The College Board prepares benchmarks for college readiness for both Grade 10 and Grade 11. While KIST performance data below are for Grade 10 students, the benchmarks for Grade 11 are included in brackets for comparison purposes.

KIST students performed well above the benchmarks for both Grade 10 and Grade 11 on all components of the PSAT exam. We were particularly proud that 56% of our students performed above the 90th percentile on the Mathematics component of the PSAT exam. 

KIST is a Pearson Edexcel IGCSE school and all KIST students sit the IGCSE exams for Mathematics.
Mathematics at KIST is divided into two streams:

  • Standard Mathematics where students study the IGCSE Mathematics A course in Grades 9 and 10
  • Extended Mathematics where students study the IGCSE Mathematics B course in Grades 8 and 9 and then complete the IGCSE Further Pure Mathematics course in Grade 10. 

More information about the Edexcel IGCSE can be found by clicking here.

The results of KIST students on IGCSE exams for the 2015-16 school year are shown below.