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Les Ujian Masuk Sekolah Kedinasan

Mau langsung kerja setelah kuliah? Sekolah Tinggi Kedinasan bisa jadi pilihan.

Pengajar kami siap membantumu belajar untuk persiapan ujian masuk kampus ini:

  • PKN STAN
  • STIS
  • AKPOL
  • STIN
  • IPDN
  • sekolah kedinasan lainnya

Program les online privat dan semi-privat sekolah kedinasan:

  • Online dengan GMeet atau Zoom, 2 jam per sesi
  • Belajar privat 1 murid atau semi-privat dengan 2 hingga 5 murid.
  • Dipandu oleh pengajar terbaik, lulusan S1 dan S2
  • Biaya mulai Rp 300,000

Daftar sekarang dengan hubungi kami

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Les Privat Mahasiswa

Ada kesulian belajar pada mata kuliah di kampus?

Pengajar kami siap membantumu belajar untuk review materi, bimbingan tugas, persiapan ujian kuliah ini:

  • Kalkulus
  • Aljabar Linier
  • Matematika Diskret
  • Metode Numerik
  • Fisika Dasar
  • Kimia Dasar
  • Ekonomi
  • Bisnis
  • mata kuliah lain sesuai permintaan

Program les online privat dan semi-privat untuk mahasiswa:

  • Online dengan GMeet atau Zoom, 90 menit per sesi
  • Belajar privat 1 mahasiswa atau semi-privat dengan 2 hingga 5 mahasiswa.
  • Dipandu oleh pengajar terbaik, lulusan S1 dan S2
  • Biaya mulai Rp 300,000

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Les UTBK, SIMAK UI dan Ujian Mandiri Perguruan Tinggi 2021

 

Ingin kuliah di perguruan tinggi impian?

Tutor kami akan membantumu belajar untuk persiapan ujian masuk perguruan tinggi:

  • UTBK – SBMPTN
  • SIMAK UI Reguler dan Kelas Intenasional
  • SM ITB – Kelas Internasional
  • UM UGM – Kelas Internasional
  • Perguruan tinggi negeri lainnya
  • Prasetiya Mulya
  • Perguruan tinggi swasta lainnya

Program les online semi-privat :

  • Online dengan GMeet atau Zoom, 2 jam per sesi
  • Kelas online lebih fokus dengan hanya 3, 4 atau 5 murid
  • Dipandu oleh tutor terbaik, lulusan S1 dan S2
  • Tersedia soal latihan UTBK dan Ujian Mandiri PTN/PTS
  • Konsultasi pemilihan jurusan
  • Biaya mulai Rp 300,000

Daftar sekarang. Silakan mengisi formulir ini. Kami akan menghubungi Anda.

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IB DP Exam Schedule 2020

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November 2020 [download]

May 2020 [download]

Cambridge Exam Timetable 2020

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October / November 2020

Zone 4 – Western Indonesian Time [download]

Zone 5 – Central and East Indonesian Time [download]


May / June 2020

Zone 4 – Western Indonesian Time [download]

Zone 5 – Central and East Indonesian Time [download]

Les Privat TOEFL dan IELTS

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Saat ingin mendaftar kuliah di luar negeri, kamu akan diminta untuk memberikan nilai tes kemampuan bahasa Inggris. Tes tersebut bisa berupa TOEFL atau IELTS. Hal ini digunakan untuk memastikan bahwa kemampuan bahasa Inggrismu, baik dalam membaca, berbicara dan menulis cukup untuk mengikuti kuliah di kampus tujuan.

IELTS (The International English Language Testing System)

Pada umumnya tes IELTS diterima oleh institusi di negara Australia, Inggris dan Selandia Baru. Bahasa yang digunakan adalah bahasa Inggris British.

Para peserta tes IELTS dapat memilih Modul Akademik (bagi yang ingin mendaftar di perguruan tinggi) atau Modul Pelatihan Umum (bagi yang berencana mengikuti pelatihan non akademik, pekerjaan atau tujuan keimigrasian). Tes IELTS menilai setiap bagian dengan skor 0-9, yang kemudian akan diratakan untuk skor akhir dalam skala 0-9.

Pada tes IELTS semua jawaban akan ditulis tangan. Terdapat empat bagian, yaitu Speaking, Writing, Listening dan Reading. Pada speaking section, peserta tes akan diminta untuk berbicara dengan seorang penilai secara langsung. Peserta akan ditanya beberapa pertanyaan tentang dirinya sendiri dan sebuah topik.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

TOEFL adalah ujian kemampuan berbahasa Inggris dengan logat Amerika. Ujian ini diselengarakan oleh kantor ETS (Educational Testing Service) di Amerika Serikat untuk semua peserta tes di seluruh di dunia. Pada umumnya tes TOEFL diminta oleh universitas di Amerika Serikat dan Kanada.

TOEFL terdiri dari dua tipe, yaitu TOEFL ITP dan TOEFL iBT. TOEFL ITP (Institutional Testing Program) biasanya digunakan untuk wilayah Asia, dengan skornya yang bersifat institusional, berarti hanya digunakan untuk institusi dan wilayah lokal tertentu dan tidak berlaku untuk seluruh negara di dunia. Pada umumnya, tes TOEFL yang digunakan adalah tes TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) di mana kamu akan diminta untuk merekam semua jawaban di komputer yang telah terhubung langsung dengan internet.

TOEFL ITP terbagi menjadi tiga sesi ujian, yaitu Listening, Structure and Written Expression dan Reading Comprehension. Nilai total pada TOEFL ITP pada rentang 310 – 677. TOEFL iBT meliputi Reading, Listening, Speaking dan Writing. Nilai tes TOEFL iBT diberikan dalam angka 0 sampai 120.

tutorprivat.com menyediakan layanan les privat TOEFL dan IELTS dengan menghadirkan tutor ke rumah maupun tutor online. Tutor kami memiliki kemampuan berbahasa Inggris sangat baik dan berpengalaman membimbing murid dalam persiapan ujian TOEFL dan IELTS. Tersedia soal-soal latihan yang dapat kamu gunakan pada program ini.

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The International Baccalaureate versus A levels

By: Seeta Bhardwa

Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/news/international-baccalaureate-versus-a-levels


The International Baccalaureate diploma programme is better at encouraging a “global outlook” in students, while A levels give students more “in-depth” expertise, according to the findings of the University Admissions Officers Report 2017.

UK university admissions officers were invited to rate both qualifications on how they develop a range of different qualities in students. The results found that there was a considerable difference in the two study programmes. 

The biggest difference was in “encouraging global outlook” where 97 percent of the admissions officers rated the IB as developing this “well or very well”. Only 7 percent said the same about A levels.

The IB was also top for “encouraging independent inquiry” with 94 percent of the admissions officers saying that it did this “well or very well”, while only 49 percent of officers gave the A levels a similar rating. 

However, A levels were considered to offer better “in-depth subject expertise” with 94 percent stating that they developed this “well or very well”, compared to 56 percent for the IB. 

A levels is a qualification offered in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, as an alternative qualification in Scotland and as an international school qualification worldwide. Students usually study three or four subjects in-depth over the course of two years. 

The International Baccalaureate is made up of four different study programmes, one of which is the diploma programme. Students must pick one subject from six subject groups including languages, sciences and the arts and then study three of these to a higher level. The International Baccalaureate is studied all over the world.   

This table shows the percentage of advisers who believed the two education programmes developed the listed skills “well or very well”. 

How well do you think A levels and the International Baccalaureate diploma develop the following qualities in students at present?
 

A-levels 

IB 

Encouraging independent inquiry

49 percent

94 percent

Developing in-depth subject expertise

94 percent

56 percent

Developing workplace skills

2 percent

67 percent

Developing ability to cope with pressure

62 percent

66 percent

Nurturing an open mind

24 percent

93 percent

Developing self-management skills

47 percent

91 percent

Encouraging a global outlook

7 percent

97 percent

Nurturing communication skills

37 percent

44 percent

Encouraging creativity

15 percent

37 percent

Developing intercultural skills

8 percent

70 percent

Instilling a positive approach to risk taking

4 percent

24 percent

Propensity to complete their degree

78 percent

83 percent

Interest to study to MA or PhD level

44 percent

54 percent

 

Cambridge Tuition

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Cambridge Primary starts learners on an exciting educational journey. For 5 to 11 year olds, it develops young learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged and includes assessment that proves and improves learning.

Cambridge Lower Secondary is suitable for learners aged 11 to 14 years. Schools can shape the programme around how they want their students to learn, developing young learners who are confident, responsible, reflective, innovative and engaged.

Cambridge Upper Secondary is designed for learners aged 14 to 16 years. It offers learners two routes: Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge O Level.

Cambridge AS Level and A Level are typically for learners aged 16 to 19 years who need advanced study to prepare for university and higher education.

tutorprivat.com offers private tuition for Cambridge Primary, Secondary, Checkpoint, IGCSE, O Level, AS Level, A Level students at the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Mandarin
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science

Our tutors can help students in subject content, school task and exam preparation. IGCSE, O Level, AS Level and A Level past exam papers are also available.

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IB Tuition

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The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) is an educational programme managed by the International Baccalaureate (IB) for students aged 3 to 12. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.
The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP), is an educational program for students between the ages of 11 to 16 around the world. Its framework encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) is a two-year educational programme primarily aimed at 16-to-19-year-olds. The programme provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education and is recognized by many universities worldwide.
tutorprivat.com offers private tuition for IB PYP, MYP and DP students at the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Biology
  • Business and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Design Technology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
  • Extended Essay
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)

Our tutors can help students in subject content, internal assessment, exam preparation at Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). IB DP past exam papers are also available.
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Student

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“Thanks to my Math tutor. I got A in IGCSE Additional Math exam.” – Asya, Grade 10, East Jakarta.

“I just graduated from my school. My Math, Economics and Chemistry tutors help me prepare the IB DP exams and IA.” – Ryan, Grade 12, South Jakarta.

“I enjoy study with a tutor at home. My scores in IB DP Business and Management are getting better.” – Ahmad, Grade 12, South Jakarta.

“My IGCSE Chemistry exam score is A. Thanks a lot to my tutor. She helped me understand the topics within a year.” – Argha, Grade 10, Jakarta.

“I got A* in IGCSE Math and A in IGCSE Physics. Thanks to the tutors. They gave me guidance how to get full mark in answering exam questions.” – Caca, Grade 10, Jakarta.


Our tutors have experience in teaching students of international schools from various nationalities.

  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka

Schools in Jakarta:

  • ACS Jakarta
  • Australian Independent School
  • Bina Bangsa School
  • Bina Tunas Bangsa School
  • Binus School Simprug
  • Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School
  • Global Sevilla School Pulomas
  • Global Sevilla School Puri Indah
  • Heritage School
  • Highfield Secondary School Jakarta
  • Ichthus School
  • Ipeka Integrated Christian School
  • Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS)
  • Mentari Intercultural School Jakarta
  • Morning Star Academy
  • Penabur International
  • Raffles Christian School Kelapa Gading
  • Sampoerna Academy
  • Sekolah Cikal
  • Sekolah Harapan Bangsa
  • Sekolah Lentera International
  • Sekolah Pangudi Luhur
  • Sekolah Pelita Harapan Kemang Village
  • Singapore Intercultural School Bona Vista
  • Singapore Intercultural School Kelapa Gading
  • Tunas Muda School
  • Tzu Chi School
  • Universal School

Schools in Tangerang:

  • Binus School Serpong
  • British School Jakarta
  • Global Jaya School
  • Insan Cendekia Madani
  • Jakarta Nanyang School
  • Mentari Intercultural School Bintaro
  • Mutiara Harapan Islamic School
  • Santa Laurensia
  • SMA Al Azhar BSD
  • Sekolah Pelita Harapan Lippo Village
  • Sinarmas World Academy
  • SMAN 1 Tangerang
  • Tunas Bangsa Gading Serpong

Schools in Bekasi:

  • Binus School Bekasi
  • Highfield Secondary School Bekasi
  • Sekolah Victory Plus

Schools in Depok:

  • Lazuardi GIS
  • Springfield Cibubur
  • SMAN 1 Depok
  • SMP Karakter

School in Bogor

  • Sekolah Alam Cikeas
  • Sekolah Pelita Harapan Sentul

School in Bandung:

  • Bina Bakti Matius
  • Bina Bangsa School Bandung
  • Al Irsyad School

Schools in Surabaya:

  • Sekolah Ciputra
  • Sekolah Cita Hati
  • Mawar Sharon Christian School

Schools in Malaysia:

  • St Joseph International School Kuching
  • King Henry VIII College
  • Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar

Schools in UK:

  • Kings College Oxford
  • Fettes College

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Tutor Vacancy for 2020

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tutorprivat.com currently has some vacant positions as tutors of

1. Mathematics

2. Physics

3. Chemistry

4. Biology

5. English

6. Business and Management

7. Economics

8. Mandarin

9. Geography

10. Science

11. Accounting

Tutor candidates must

  • be Indonesian citizen,
  • have experience in teaching international curriculum (Cambridge Primary, IGCSE, A Level, IB PYP, IB MYP, IB DP, AP),
  • have graduated from university in related subject with minimum GPA 3 out of 4,
  • reside in Jakarta, Bekasi, Serpong, Bintaro, Cibubur, Depok, Karawaci, Bogor, Bandung, Bali, Yogyakarta or Surabaya,
  • be able to speak, write and teach in English,
  • love teaching and educating students.

Interested applicants can send a Curriculum Vitae and a recent photograph to email contact@tutorprivat.com before 1 February 2020.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Tuition Fee

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Tuition fee varies, depending on student’s grade, curriculum and home location. It starts from IDR 230,000 per online session (90 minutes) for primary year student.

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Our Tutor

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Our Indonesian tutors speak English well and have experience in teaching international school students.
The tutors are university graduates from

  • Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB)
  • Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)
  • Politeknik Negeri Jakarta
  • Sampoerna University
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Universitas Indonesia (UI)
  • Universitas Kristen Indonesia (UKI)
  • Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ)
  • Universitas Negeri Malang (UNM)
  • Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD)
  • Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH)
  • Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI)
  • Universitas Terbuka Jakarta
  • Universitas Trisakti
  • University College London

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Location

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Online tutoring is available for all students in Indonesia and Indonesian students overseas.
Face-to-face tutors are ready to teach in the following cities.

  • Jakarta
  • Bintaro
  • Serpong
  • Bekasi
  • Depok
  • Bogor
  • Bandung

During Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, only online tutoring is available.

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Office: Indragiri 390, Depok, Indonesia

Company Profile

Featured

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tutorprivat.com was founded in 2014 by professional teachers to serve international school students in Indonesia. Our service focuses on giving private tuition online and at student’s home in Jakarta and its surrounding areas.

We provide English-speaking tutors for international school students who learn IB, Cambridge or Edexcel curriculum. Our tutors have teaching experience at international schools and private tuition. Study can be fun at home or online with private system, one tutor for one student.

Curriculum:

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
    • Primary Years Programme (PYP)
    • Middle Years Programme (MYP)
    • Diploma Programme (DP) SL, HL
  • Cambridge International
    • Primary
    • Lower Secondary
    • IGCSE
    • AS Level and A Level
  • Edexcel
    • Primary
    • Lower Secondary
    • International GCSE
    • A Level

Subject:

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Biology
  • Business and Management
  • Chemistry
  • Design and Technology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Systems and Societies
  • Extended Essay
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science

Why study with tutorprivat.com?

  • One tutor for one student
  • Tutors speak English well
  • Flexible study time: weekdays, weekend
  • Tuition topic by request
  • Past exam papers provided
  • Guide to homework, project, Internal Assessment, exam
  • Qualified tutors have experience in teaching international school students

For registration, inform the following details

  • Student’s name,
  • Subject,
  • Grade, School, Curriculum,
  • Home Address.

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Office: Indragiri 390, Depok, Indonesia

IB Diploma Exam Timetable 2019

Hi IB Diploma students,

Here you can find exam timetables for two sessions in 2019. Be ready and good luck.

IB Diploma exam timetable May 2019
IB Diploma exam timetable November 2019

Cambridge Exam Timetable 2019

Hallo students,

Ready to take IGCSE or A Level exams in 2019?

The exam timetable can be found here. Be prepared and good luck! 🙂

November 2019 Timetable – Zone 4 – Western Indonesian Time

November 2019 Timetable – Zone 4 – Central and Eastern Indonesian Time

 

June 2019 Timetable – Zone 4 – Western Indonesian Time

June 2019 Timetable – Zone 5 – Central and Eastern Indonesian Time

IB Diploma Exam Timetable 2018

Hi IB Diploma students,

Here you can find exam timetables for two sessions in 2018. Be ready and good luck!

IB Diploma exam timetable May 2018
IB Diploma exam timetable November 2018

Cambridge Exam Timetable 2018

Hallo students,

Ready to take IGCSE or A Level exams in May/June 2018?

The exam timetable can be found here. Be prepared and good luck! 🙂

May/June 2018 Timetable – Zone 4 – Western Indonesian Time

May/June 2018 Timetable – Zone 5 – Central and Eastern Indonesian Time

Comparison between IB and A-level

By Caroline Drewett

Source: http://www.educationpost.com.hk/resources/parents-guide/160622-choosing-options-making-a-wise-choice


Finding the right school often seems like an impossible task, especially for those new to Hong Kong. Places are as competitive as ever, and there’s rarely much time to decide which school, and which style of education, will suit your child before the academic year starts. A decision that could affect your child’s engagement with the curriculum, as well as his or her university life and early employability, is whether to select the traditional GCSE and A-level system, or choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The differences between the two systems seem vast. The IB has a core of six compulsory subjects as a minimum, including a language and an essay-based field, while A-levels require candidates to study a minimum of three ones, with no restriction on which subjects can be taken.

When it was first introduced, the IB received mixed reactions from parents in Hong Kong. Many acknowledged that it allowed for a wider selection of subjects, fostered a broader range of skills, and placed considerable focus on independent thought. But even so, top students were losing out on university places to rival A-level candidates.

But increasing global recognition for the qualification has prompted some schools in Hong Kong and in the UK to switch to the IB. Even though the A-level continues to be successful, some feel that the IB provides the best pathway through secondary education.

One example is the English Schools Foundation (ESF), which switched to the IB in 2009. ESF follows an IB curriculum from Year Five. Chris Durbin, senior school development officer, ESF Secondary, believes it benefits students throughout their schooling years, and prepares them for life beyond the classroom and in their first job. University acceptance rates are important, but how students fare after university also needs to be considered. Durbin believes starting salaries are much higher for IB students than for A-level students, something he puts down to “preparation through independent thought which students develop through the theory of knowledge”.

Independence and creativity have become crucial to university applications, and top universities now look for how you learn and how you think, rather than what you know. The idea is that anyone can regurgitate information, so this had led to critical thinking becoming a more desirable attribute. Such qualities are fostered by the IB, Durbin says.

Dr Judith Guy, head of academy at Victoria Shanghai Academy, stresses the benefits that arise from the IB’s focus on time management, research techniques, and analytical writing. The IB Diploma is a “strong predictor of success at university enabling students to develop the key cognitive strategies, content knowledge and academic behaviours that are necessary for success at university”, Guy says.

For instance, first year essays will not daunt students who have practised writing within the supportive environment of their school. Being taught to “question and doubt the current boundaries of knowledge” is what university is all about, whether studying maths, philosophy, or French poetry. So the earlier that students can begin to engage with these principles, the better. Guy believes that the IB’s success lies with the programme’s “holistic development as well as academic rigour”. Practically speaking, there is no grade inflation, either: “Pass rates are consistent year on year, and they are understood all around the world,” comments Guy.

In spite of the increased interest in the IB, many parents still prefer the A-level system. James Martin, director of studies at Harrow International School Hong Kong, notes that A-levels are “established qualifications” and have been used by universities and employers as “a benchmark to judge student ability for more than 60 years”.

They are especially well understood by those in tertiary education and beyond. At AS-level, students can still select four subjects, and the more able students can take five through to their final A-level year, if they choose. The key strength of A-levels is that students can specialise, and therefore study subjects in depth. They do not have to continue working on subjects they prove weak at.

The three subjects taken at A-levels are specific and related, and there is no doubt that A-level courses examine subjects in more detail, which, as Martin says, “is a definite advantage prior to studying specialist academic subjects at university”. Achieving the breadth of study that an IB offers can be achieved in A-level schools by complementing the qualification with other academic opportunities and pursuits. Harrow, for instance, offers the Extended Project Qualification, a separate International Perspectives course, and a very comprehensive extra curricular programme, to ensure “students have a very broad and well-rounded education”.

The changing world of work makes it critical for students to develop holistically, and cultivate skills beyond their academic abilities. Today’s employers want their workforce to be open-minded, socially responsible, and willing to take risks, and they must have an ability for critical thinking. Both A-levels and IB can offer these qualities in theory, so much depends on the actual teaching that takes place.

Remember that schools will have a staff body that specialises in the system they offer, so the quality of an institution should not be judged on whether it offers an IB or A-levels. An excellent school should deliver an excellent curriculum, regardless of the exam board.

The IB and A-levels will suit different people differently at different times. If your child is entering a new school with the immediate task of facing public exams, the closeness to their future education or career choice may make one option stand out. Ultimately, it’s a personal choice.

IB vs A-levels: how my family put both to the test

By Sarah Turney

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/11994093/IB-vs-A-levels-how-my-family-put-both-to-the-test.html


My husband, Tim, and I have lived in Geneva for 22 years, and both our children – Jamie, 21, and Issy, 19 – were born there. Tim manages a business and I’m a software developer and artist.
When the children were born we had no idea how long we would be staying in Switzerland, so we chose English-speaking primary schools in anticipation of a move back to Britain.
For the same reason, when the children moved to secondary school, we wanted somewhere they could sit GCSEs at 16, and then choose either the International Baccalaureate (IB) or A-levels.
That might sound straightforward, but in Switzerland the normal procedure is for pupils not to sit any public exams at all before the IB at 18. In the end we found a traditional French-speaking school which had a department for English-speaking pupils.
Our plan was for Jamie to remain until 16 and then decide between staying in Geneva and taking the IB, or moving to a boarding school in England and taking A-levels.
He was very happy at school and his GCSE results were good – so good that I found myself wondering if they were really my son’s results when he opened the envelope.
Parent/teacher meetings had always been fraught. But after he surprised us – and himself – with his grades it made sense for him to stay put and take the IB there.
Tim and I, educated in Britain, were familiar with A-levels – but the IB is a very different experience. Students have to take six subjects, including Maths, English, a language, a science and a humanity – and one other of their choice.

In short, you need to be an all-rounder. Three of the subjects are taken at Higher Level which is a similar standard to A-levels; the other three at Standard level – the equivalent, as far as I can see, of an AS-level.
There’s a full timetable of academic work to be covered at school, and in addition each student has to write an essay of 4,000 words on a topic related to one of the subjects they are studying.
Next comes the “Theory of Knowledge” essay, 1,600 words about the nature of knowledge. Finally there are the CAS hours to put in. That stands for Creative, Activity and Service. Jamie had to prove that he had completed 50 hours on each of these.
This was incredibly time‑consuming but it produces a well-rounded student and I do think Jamie ended up with an impressive qualification. So it came as something of a shock at the response when our son started applying to British universities.
Our children had always wanted to go to university in England and I had been led to believe that the IB was well regarded. But we found that the universities were asking for more IB points than the equivalent A-level grades.
The IB, you see, is marked out of 45 points in total. There is a general acceptance that 35 points is equivalent to AAA and 40 to to A*A*A* (Ucas tariff points corroborate this).
Yet to study history, Oxbridge colleges were asking for A*AA at A-level, but 42 points in the IB. Tutors seemed to underestimate the academic rigour of the IB.
Ultimately, it worked out well for Jamie. Durham offered him 38 points, which he achieved, and he was very happy there.

Just as my son was heading off in 2011, my daughter was starting sixth form. I hadn’t really given this much thought because she had always followed the same path as her brother.
Based on Jamie’s experience we knew the IB to be an excellent qualification and Issy, who had done well in her GCSEs, was another all-rounder. It would suit her perfectly.
However, she had other plans, reminding us that we had offered her brother two options. Surely she should get the same choice?
Issy had her heart set on boarding school in England to further her dream was of going to Cambridge. After her brother’s experience with admissions tutors, she believed that taking A-levels would give her a better chance. She had a point.
Issy took A-levels, in Maths, Biology and Economics, and the Cambridge French Pre-U – an exam which offers the possibility of a grade higher than an A* and was suited to someone who had grown up in a French-speaking environment.

On top of her academic work, she played lots of sport and spent one afternoon a week in an activity that provided a service to the community.
The fact that the school required her to do this, rather than the A-level board, meant that if the academic work became too much she could opt out of extra-curricular activities. But I don’t think she had an easier time than her brother.
Issy got an offer from Cambridge of A*AA to read Psychological and Behavioural Sciences. She is now in her second year.
Both our children are very happy with the different paths they took, and it’s a huge relief to Tim and I that they both achieved what they wanted. My conclusion based on their experiences?
The IB is a better all-round qualification and ensures that a student has plenty of interest on their CV. But if the goal is an English university, why complicate matters? Opt for A-levels.