Lucknow girl secures 100 percentile in English in International Benchmark Test
At the mere age of 13, Anahita Singh of 8th standard was determined to evaluate her command over English by taking in the International Benchmark Test (IBT) and she brought glory not only to her parents and school but to the country as well by scoring the top position in English with 100 percentile. The examination was scheduled in November last year and the results were declared early this week.
Anahita is a student of Cambridge section of City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar Campus II.
Senior principal Manjit Batra told a leading daily, “Anahita has topped in all five skills of English language that includes comprehension, grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary by achieving 100th percentile in the IBT”. She also rewarded the young talented girl with a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
Anahita said “I seek to join the Indian Foreign Services. Getting a 100 percentile in the IBT was an amazing surprise. It has helped me realise my love for English and will surely aid me in my goal of becoming a diplomat”.
About preparation for this exam, the talented girl said, “I have always thought that olympiads or exams are not for learning up facts and forcing them out on paper. Instead, they help you evaluate your position vis-à-vis peers. So, I never had a ‘preparation method’ for this exam. I simply kept learning, with the aim of learning and not performing, and hence giving the IBT paper came naturally to me. My parents supported me with love and care and kept me well-motivated through appreciation.”
IBT is an internationally administered programme of assessments with tests appropriate for grades 3 to 10 in subjects like English, Mathematics, Science and Arabic Language (A and B). The test is organized by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) once a year in many countries. In India, over 50,000 students took the IBT.