28 IB Frequently Asked Question (Part 1)

28 IB Frequently Asked Question (Part 1)

1. General information about IB (International Baccalaureate):

www.ibo.org There are 4 different IB Programmes: PYP, MYP, DP, and CP. The one that we have at CIS is DP (Diploma Programme) for Grades 11 and 12.

2. How many subjects, what kind?

6 subjects + Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, Creativity, Activity, Service

3. Math for university?

Math Studies is not accepted by many university programs that require advanced math: engineering, math, science, business. Math Studies is a good option for students who are not pursuing those fields because it is simpler. Some programs require Math HL (High level), which we do not offer yet, but most do not require it. We are thinking of offering Math HL starting from the 2017-2018 school year.

4. How do I prepare for IB?

- Do well in school and your courses

- Focus on learning skills and study habits, which will help you for your whole life Improve your English level: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

- Do this by exposing yourself to more English, speaking English with friends and teachers, read English novels, magazines, websites.

- Practise writing more English paragraphs, journal entries and reflections on your own learning.

- Get involved in school activities and the community now

- Look into leadership opportunities

- Ask questions and find out more information about IB from teachers, IB Coordinator, IB students, online resources, etc. Become more proactive in class, demonstrate an eagerness to learn.

5. What are IOC/IOP/orals?

IB language subjects require you to do oral examinations, where you must read over a piece of writing that you have not studied directly, talk about it, and respond to some questions and prompts from the teacher. You will have only 1 chance to do it. Throughout the programme, we will give you opportunities to practise these skills.

6. What is TOK?

TOK class focuses on types of knowledge, critical thinking, and learning how to learn. There are 8 ways of knowing (WOK), but you don't have to know all of them (memory, language, sense perception, reason, etc.). There are 8 areas of knowledge (AOK) (math, natural science, ethics, the arts, etc.) and they all have different ways of acquiring/using the WOK. You study some WOKs in the context of the AOKs. You learn to use the knowledge framework to put these ideas together. The work/assignments you do in class will be: discussions, journal writing, reflections, essays, and small presentations.

7. How does IB Benefit you? Please look at the following links: http://www.ibo.org/benefits/ 

8. How does IB help us when studying abroad?

IB students are proven to have better results in university. Universities abroad generally require students to be more proactive and take responsibility for their own learning, qualities that are similar to IB.

9. Does it take a lot of time?

High school requires a lot of time anyways, no matter what you study. I do not know how tough the Vietnamese curriculum is at BCIS, but generally, we say that students must spend an average of 3 hours each day on homework and studying, then there are some special projects (CAS, EE, some Internal Assessments) and assignments which may take additional time at certain points during the programme. Generally, you need to prioritize your time between school, family, friends, and outside activities. As with any program, IB requires as much time as you wish to put into it, but if you wish to achieve a decent score, you need to make time for it.

10. How much money is it?

Please see our school website for information on tuition fees http://cis.edu.vn/static/files/EN_Tuition_CIS.pdf. The fees are higher for IB because it requires additional resources, for books, teachers, training, online subscriptions to programs and websites

11. Do you have to study all the groups?

Yes. Except for Arts. You can take something else in place of Arts if you want to. We do not currently have the option of studying IB for only 1/2/etc. subjects. This is because if you did that, you would not get your IB Diploma, nor would you get your Ontario diploma.

12. What courses do we have at CIS? Why don’t we offer _______ course or _______ course?

Our current list of courses is on our website http://cis.edu.vn/ibdp-at-cis.html. We will add new courses as our Programme grows larger. This will be determined by student interest, trends in the Asia Pacific world, and teacher expertise. 

13. Will there be any Phys Ed or outdoor activities?

There is no Phys Ed course in IB here at CIS. There will be a few outdoors activities organized by the school, mostly related to CAS or perhaps a retreat of some sort. Aside from that, it is up to you if you want to participate in outdoor activities as a part of your CAS Program.

14. How do you choose which level for your subjects?

Choose HL for the subjects you like and that you are strong in, or are important to your future Choose SL for the subjects that are not as important or interesting to you.