Should a student study IB or CBSE in India for gaining admission to a good school in US?
We keep getting this question very often from anxious parents who are very confused on which route to take. On discussing with many college admission counselors in US, it is very imperative that Universities abroad prefer the prospective student to have an internationally recognized boards such as IBDP or IGCSE- A -AS Levels. Not because they believe the local boards are inferior or quality of education is any less. Simply because they are able to evaluate international curriculum better. Having seen many International curriculum transcripts repeatedly, they are able to judge the application with more clarity.
Indian boards curriculum is no inferior in terms of quality, however the grading between the two is what creates a problem. No reputed organization has come forward to do a comparative study and come up with an equivalency scores between the two.
Another perspective which is also discussed is that International curriculum emphasizes more on writing, thinking and questioning. Similar format of education is followed in Universities abroad, which will make the transition to college easier for the student. However, Indian curriculum emphasizes more on letting the student understand the concept, memorizing and putting it back on paper.
In such a scenario, students graduating in indian boards are put to a dis-advantage in gaining admission to top schools. Not only during admission process, students may be put to a dis-advantage as they may require a semester or two to understand the format of this new system. Other side of the coin, discussed is that the Indian curriculum teaches the fundamentals better and that is what is required in the early stages of formative years of education, of a student. So, it is debatable.
The only way a student with Indian Curriculum can prove themselves, would be with a higher SAT or ACT scores and many more AP courses. This in a way, will prove to the counselor that they are on par or above International schools students in terms of their education skills.