Thursday, 24 April 2014
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International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)

At the end of the first two years of their Secondary School Programme, students will sit for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

The IGCSE is the world's most popular international qualification for 14-16 years old. It develops successful students, prepares them for their next step in education and equips them with skills for immediate employment. The IGCSE is provided by the University of Cambridge International Examinations and is recognised by universities and employers worldwide as a mark of quality signifying clear evidence of a student's ability.

Cambridge International AS and A Levels

After completing the IGCSE, students can study Cambridge International AS and A levels. Cambridge International AS and A Levels are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. They are part of the Cambridge Advanced stage and require two years of study to complete.

Cambridge International AS and A Level qualifications are widely recognised and valued by universities and employers alike. Some US universities give up to a year's credit as a result. Every year, thousands of Cambridge International A Level students gain places at good universities worldwide - including the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)

To provide more opportunities for our High School students, an Agreement was signed in January 2008 with ACT Education Solutions, Limited to conduct the Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) and testing programmes in Vietnam. Students may select to complete the Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) after finishing the IGCSE. Students must meet academic and age criteria to progress to the GAC and can also chose the GAC after completing the Cambridge International AS Level.

The GAC is a University Preparation Programme developed by the ACT Education Solutions, Limited (AES) that provides students with the academic knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully complete a Bachelor's Degree at one of many selected pathway universities. Students can apply for direct admission into many GAC pathway universities in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, New Zealand, Mexico and others for a Bachelor's Degree.

In addition, students are able to sit for the ACT (American College Test) Assessment, the leading college entrance examination in the United States of America. The programme is accredited as a Certificate IV University Foundation Programme through the Australian National Qualifications Framework.

GAC programme is conducted at SIS@Saigon South in Ho Chi Minh City and SIS@Cau Giay in Hanoi. GAC Graduates from our Singapore International School have successfully entered International Universities such as University of California (USA), Utah State University (USA), University of Iowa (USA), RMIT University (Australia & Vietnam), Macquarie University (Australia), Monash College (Australia) and others.

The GAC curriculum focuses on developing and improving students' English language proficiency and consists of English, Mathematics, Computing, Business, Science and Social Science supported by systematic study of learning skills for success at university. In addition to this, students will undertake test preparation for the ACT® test and International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation, and they also have the option of taking an additional Mathematics unit during Level III.

The GAC consists of three levels of study, and a fast-track option is available for those who meet the specified entry requirements.

      • Academic English I, II, III: Listening & Speaking Skills
      • Academic English I, II, III: Reading & Writing Skills
      • Study Skills for Independent Learning
      • Mathematics I: Fundamentals
      • Mathematics II: Probability, Statistics & Finance
      • Mathematics III: Calculus & Advanced Applications
      • Discrete Mathematics
      • Computing I: Introduction to Word Processing for Academic Study
      • Computing II: Data Management
      • Computing III: Digital Communication
      • Business, Science & Social Science I: Communication Skills
      • Business II: Business Studies
      • Business III: International Business Studies
      • Science II: Scientific Principles
      • Science III: General Science
      • Social Science II: Identity and Interaction in Society
      • Social Science III: Research Skills and Global Issues
      • ACT Test Preparation Skills
      • IELTS Preparation Skills
      • TOEFL Preparation Skills

A Graduation Certificate is awarded to students who successfully completed the GAC. All grades will also be recorded on an Academic Transcript, which is provided in addition to the Certificate. These documents form part of students' application to the GAC Pathway Universities, along with other specific information they may require.