CBSE, ICSE or IB Board: How to choose the right board if planning to study abroad
The right board might not always ensure that you study abroad but it could definitely help you get admission to colleges abroad more easily. Here’s how to choose the right board to study abroad from CBSE, ICSE and IB board.

Choosing the right board can help you go a long way if you plan to study abroad. But choosing a board with an eye on the future could be a confusing task for any parent or student. The question arises right in grade 6, if not before.

However, it is not the choice of a board that guarantees an easier admission to an overseas college. We also need to remember that universities do not offer a seat to merit alone. The focus is also on capabilities, leadership potential and holistic learning.

We have ample evidence which suggests that choosing the right board matters little in your study abroad applications outcomes.
One should, therefore choose a board driven by belief in the pedagogy, comfort and adjustment level, etc.

For instance, many students end up choosing CBSE or ICSE board when they are more comfortable in a content-based pedagogy and a more articulated learning path. On the other hand, people who are more comfortable with a research-based pedagogy prefer IB Diploma or A levels.

Here is why the board you choose to study abroad might not matter:

1. Scores cannot be normalised between different boards

The marking scheme is very different between the boards all over the world.
In India, as far as IB and A levels are concerned, the scores provided cannot usually be normalised and compared against CBSE, ICSE and state boards yet.

Over 90% of these students end up going abroad for study, no matter how well (or bad) they score, because they do not have many alternatives in the domestic further education options.

To that extent, choosing A levels and/or IB diploma may be limiting because it may restrict your options in Indian colleges and universities.
2. Many homeschooled children also go to study abroad

Homechooled children also go to study abroad!
There are many students who have been homeschooled and get admission into some of the most prestigious colleges. In fact, MIT has a long history of admitting homeschooled students.

Admission officers often actively seek out homeschooled applicants and evaluate each student within the context of his/her own background and the opportunities they have had.

This goes on to show that applicants from non-traditional schooling do get admissions in overseas-colleges as well.

In fact, we also have evidence of students who have done exceptionally well even on state boards get through to top schools as well.
3. The CBSE vs ICSE debate doesn't matter

The CBSE vs ICSE debate is now moot.
The debate between ICSE and CBSE is a long one. The point to remember is that on their own, they do not offer a specific advantage towards studying abroad.

While some parents and students end up considering ICSE to be a more rigorous board, we have not seen any empirical evidence as to the merit of one over the other.
Also, off late, there hardly seems any difference between CBSE and ICSE boards when it comes to marks.

Universities tend to focus a lot on overall merit parameters and all-round capability. A well built portfolio carries as much weight as the scores.

If you take into account all the scores like ACTs SATs, add the portfolio and the essays, and then the marks, you realise that marks alone do not help you gain admission.
While marks are used as a cutoff for applying, on their own they cannot guarantee much. Colleges look for real capability and aptitude, and on what contribution a student can bring to their class or society.

Education is a matter of developing yourself holistically rather than unidimensionally. The real focus then should remain on doing well, no matter what board you choose.

Maintain a level of excellence in your fields, develop a compelling portfolio, and be good at being you. If you succeed, you will have many choices from the best colleges at hand.

Whichever board you choose to study abroad, make sure you do it well!

Source : https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/study-abroad/story/study-abroad-how-to-choose-the-right-board-cbse-icse-or-ib-1646758-2020-02-15

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