Australian International School Malaysia Wins 6 Gold Medals in ICAS Assessments

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AISM ICAS Gold Medallists : (L-R) Daryl Lee, Zo Ee Teh, Megan Yap, Nichole Ong and Alexus Ong.

The Australian International School Malaysia’s students have created history by winning six Gold medals in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) in 2016 alone. In Malaysia, there were a total of 385 Malaysian schools who participated, with most of the students from public, private and international schools. The AISM students will be awarded their medals in a prize giving ceremony scheduled to take place in Kuala Lumpur later in the year.

The ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments for primary and secondary school students and is administered by the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The assessments comprise tests in Digital Technologies, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing.  Students with the top score in each subject in each year level are awarded a medal. Over 980,000 entries from 6,300 schools from 20 countries including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and the USA participate in ICAS each year. The ICAS Assessments Registrations are open to students from Year 2 right up to Year 12.

The winners from AISM this year came from different categories which stands to show the varied academic strength of students. The awards were granted to the student with the highest score in each subject.

Subject Student Year Level
Mathematics Daryl Lee 2
Science Zo Ee Teh 3
English Writing Alexus Ong 3
Digital Technologies Megan Yap 6
English Megan Yap 6
English Writing Nichole Ong 6

Winning the gold medals in the ICAS Competition proved to be extremely challenging, but with determination, hard work and commitment, our students received top scores in the Asia Pacific region; a remarkable achievement by a talented group of young learners.  

Siblings Nichole Ong and Alexus Ong, both of whom won the gold medal in English Writing for Year Levels 6 and 3 respectively, said it was a great experience which helped them gauge their academic ability with their peers, and strongly encourage other students to participate as well. ‘Doing the ICAS Assessment helped me identify where I stand in terms of my progress in the subject and am really glad I went through with it,’ said Nichole.

To assist the students to prepare for the ICAS, past Questions Booklets were available in the AISM Library. These booklets provide a good indication of the types of questions used and their level of difficulty.

ICAS provides schools and teachers comprehensive reporting results and also gives parents information regarding their child’s performance.