External Exams

IGCSE and Alternative External Exams 2021

Since 2017 we have been working with the Universidad de San Andrés on the subjects of Mathematics and Spanish, with the aim of providing a better experience and preparation for the IB syllabus. In regards to the IGCSE, we chose to maintain the Cambridge IGCSE English as a First Language exam. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the IGCSE and UdeSA exams were cancelled by the institutions that provide them. In 2021, students were able to sit for both the UdeSA and IGCSE exams. Going through the experience of external written exams was very positive for the students, especially after two years of remote and hybrid classes, and a partial return to school at midyear. In IGCSE, 90% of students achieved passing grades (*A-C), and 35% of students achieved top marks (A*-A). In this opportunity we want to congratulate the following students for having obtained the maximum grade (A*): Emma Julia Brea, Malena Caló, Juana Inés Casares, Clara Cazes, Lucía Cullen, Nicolás Dimópulos, Ulises Dimópulos, Macarena Ducoté, Kailani Farkas, Guadalupe Figueirido, Sebastián Fuchs, Josefina María González, Pedro Agustín Majdalani, Tamina Pitrelli Zeaiter, Paula Argentina Rezzonico, Felicitas Saccone, Agustín Sosa Del Valle, Ciro Verni, Isabella Werthein and Andrés Grosman Moore.

IB Results November 2021

In 2021 students were heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world, and this years' results provide a good indication of how well St Andrew's staff and students responded to the local and global challenges faced.

In 2020 our students were forced to take the non-exam route (meaning that they did not sit for final exams and their final grade was based on a combination of their predicted grade and coursework components) because the school was unable to open for the examinations.

In June 2021 SASS decided that we were going to prepare students for the exam route rather than the predicted grade route but with no certainty about the future, as we felt that this was the most rigorous and appropriate way for our staff and students to complete the IB.

"...wellbeing of the students
first and considered all of the
students on a case-by-case
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As always, we aimed to put the wellbeing of the students first and considered all of the students on a case-by-case basis to establish if they were genuinely struggling with their health and/or the demands of the IB programme. As a result, there was a significant increase in the number of students entered for the Course (and decrease in those entered for the Diploma), which was to be expected given the challenging context. Looking at the results, we are able to share that 82% of students who entered for the IB Diploma passed, which is a good result compared to the 68% average pass rate in the previous four years. The table below shows the number of students achieving 24+, 30+, 35+, and 40+ points or more in the IB Diploma. To give some context, 24 points are required to pass the IB Diploma, 36 points are considered an excellent score (enough to apply for places in Ivy League Universities and Oxbridge in the UK), and 40 points or more is outstanding.

Number of students achieving IB Diploma distributed by points scored:

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The table shows that more students scored 35 points or more (24 students more) in 2021 than in any of the previous four years; the same can be said for 40 points and above (5 students). Also, 89 students passed the Diploma (out of 109 entered) which is more than in both 2017 and 2018. These results are very positive and suggest a good performance by students and staff, particularly when looking at the number of students achieving top grades and considering that less students were entered for the full Diploma.

In this opportunity we would like to celebrate and congratulate Agustín Goñi Bagó (43 points), Bianca Verni (41 points), Victoria Quevedo Guadagni (4o points), Mateo Reda (40 points) and Paula Insúa (40 points).

If we compare with recent results, we can observe that SASS performance in 2021 is positive, as can be seen in the following graphs.

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Beyond the good outcome achieved in this exam session it should also be noted that students and staff overcame many challenges in organising the logistics of these exams and complying with the COVID protocols after two hard years of remote classes, hybrid classes, bubbles, and isolation.

Diego Bertotto - Secondary Deputy Head
Analía Heidenreich - International Exams Coordinator