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Ashmi Patil under top 5% for Mathematics in South Africa

It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that Ashmi Patil (Inter A student at UCMAS Houghton) has scored a High Distinction in Mathematics at the International Benchmark Test (https://ibt.acer.edu.au) conducted in October 2015, with results published in March 2016. High Distinction is awarded to the top 5% students in the country.

As parents, we are quite thrilled with Ashmi’s result at IBT. We wish to attribute her achievement to her approachable and ever-helpful teachers at St. Teresa’s school. Without their guidance, coaching and initiative to enrol in the programme, such an outstanding result would not be possible. Our heartfelt thanks also goes to her UCMAS coach, Mr. Tiaan Janse van Rensburg, who has been instrumental in inspiring and encouraging her to perform to the best of her abilities in mental arithmetic. This remarkable result has boosted Ashmi’s confidence and she now looks forward to the South African Maths Challenge to be held in May-June 2016



Pooja and Salil Patil (Ashmi’s parents)

More about IBT

The International Benchmark Test (IBT) is an internationally administered program of assessments with tests appropriate for grades 3 to 10 in the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, thus allowing students and schools to compare their performance in these subjects with students in other countries around the world. These tests are conducted in 11 countries worldwide. The IBT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), a world leader in educational research, assessment and reporting and it is a high quality skill-based assessment not linked to any national curriculum. This allows students from all countries to be compared fairly and evaluates them on their critical thinking and logical ability to solve problems.

In Mathematics, the skills assessed in the test include interpreting data, inferring, predicting, drawing conclusions, reasoning and problem solving.  For Mathematics questions, students are asked to make sense of mathematical concepts in everyday situations.  IBT Mathematics is not about simply remembering rules and procedures; it requires students to use higher-order thinking skills to apply their mathematical skills to solve problems.

The strands assessed in the Mathematics tests are:

• Number

• Measurement

• Space

• Chance and Data

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