Help­ing youths to soar high

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DISTED Col­lege stu­dents shone yet again in the Cam­bridge A-Lev­els and South Aus­tralian Ma­tric­u­la­tion (SAM), which are in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised foun­da­tion path­ways to uni­ver­si­ties all over the world.

Their fine achieve­ments of world-class stan­dard are a strong tes­ta­ment to DISTED as a choice col­lege with a proven track record in pre-univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion.

The rep­u­ta­tion of DISTED is fur­ther at­tested by the 5-star ex­cel­lent rat­ing ac­corded to its A-Level and SAM course clus­ter by the Malaysian Qual­ity Eval­u­a­tion Sys­tem for Pri­vate Col­leges (MyQUEST) 2012/2013, con­ducted by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

MyQUEST also ranked DISTED a 5-Star Col­lege in recog­ni­tion of its ex­cel­lent qual­ity and per­for­mance as a ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion provider.

In 2013, the Cam­bridge A-Lev­els ex­am­i­na­tion re­sults brought glad tid­ings of ex­cel­lence to DISTED, with Cas­san­dra Low Ju Yee emerg­ing the ace achiever with 5 straight As com­pris­ing 4 high dis­tinc­tions (A*) in Bi­ol­ogy, Chem­istry, Physics and Math­e­mat­ics, and an A in the Gen­eral Paper.

Ng Wei Yao too ex­celled with stel­lar re­sults of 5 straight As com­pris­ing 3 high dis­tinc­tions (A*) in Bi­ol­ogy, Chem­istry and Physics, and 2As in Math­e­mat­ics and the Gen­eral Paper.

Aaron Tee Khai Ern and Ng Jack Min each scored 5As with 1 high distinc­tion, while Looi Shi Hao scored 4As and a B in­clud­ing 3 high dis­tinc­tions. Sarah Chang Sue Lin bagged 4As in­clud­ing 2 high dis­tinc­tions and Tan Sing Min achieved 4As and a B in­clud­ing 2 high dis­tinc­tions.

The top scor­ers were among the 42 DISTED stu­dents who at­tained ex­cel­lent grades of ABB and higher last year.

With her fine achieve­ments, Low is now read­ing a phar­macy de­gree at the Univer­sity of Manch­ester in Great Bri­tain. She chose the Cam­bridge A-Lev­els, a Bri­tish pre-univer­sity pro­gramme, as she had in­tended to fur­ther her stud­ies there.

“It is also chal­leng­ing, aca­dem­i­cally stim­u­lat­ing and in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised for univer­sity en­try,” she said of the pro­gramme.

Low at­trib­uted her ster­ling suc­cess to her lec­tur­ers and par­ents, adding that her lec­tur­ers in­spired stu­dents to ex­cel through good teach­ing that fa­cil­i­tated un­der­stand­ing of sub­ject topics.

Ng, who plans to take up med­i­cal stud­ies, sim­i­larly at­trib­uted his suc­cess to “ex­pe­ri­enced lec­tur­ers who not only teach well, but also pro­vide valu­able learn­ing sup­port tho­rugh on­line les­son notes and re­vi­sion tu­to­ri­als.”

“I pre­ferred the Cam­bridge A-Lev­els as it’s a gate­way to univer­sity stud­ies world­wide,” he added.

In the 2013 SAM ex­am­i­na­tion, DISTED stu­dent Teh Xian Zhi ob­tained a ster­ling Aus­tralian Ter­tiary Ad­mis­sion Rank (ATAR) of 99.60, and a sub­ject merit award for ex­cep­tional per­for­mance in Specialist Math­e­mat­ics.

His suc­cess ranked him among the top most 1% of all SAM high fly­ers in the world last year.

A to­tal of 19 DISTED stu­dents placed among the top 20% of all SAM achiev­ers in the world for at­tain­ing ATAR 80 and above.

Nine of them, in­clud­ing Teh, achieved ATAR 90 and higher, rank­ing them within the top 10% of all out­stand­ing SAM achiev­ers in 2013.

The oth­ers were Goh Wan Ling (ATAR 98.30), Ni­lasha Kr­ish­nan (ATAR 97.50), Jo­lene Joan Anthony Dass (ATAR 97.35) and Daniel Tan Yong Ming (ATAR 96.90).

Teh, who plans to read for an ap­plied math­e­mat­ics or en­gi­neer­ing de­gree in Sin­ga­pore, com­mented, “The course­work com­po­nent in SAM adds ex­cite­ment to learn­ing and is use­ful for de­vel­op­ing aca­demic and soft skills.”

Phar­ma­cist wannabe Goh added, “SAM can be com­pleted in a fast-track pace of 1 year and pro­vides a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence

by com­bin­ing course­work and ex­am­i­na­tion.”

Stu­dents with good aca­demic and ex­tracur­ric­u­lar achieve­ments, as well as of de­serv­ing so­cio-eco­nomic back­ground, may ap­ply for the Wawasan Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion and the Yeap Chor Ee Char­i­ta­ble Trust Awards which are worth RM8,000 each for the Cam­bridge A-Level and SAM cour­ses.

Merit Awards are given to SPM / O-level achiev­ers with 4As and above to pur­sue pre­uni­ver­sity cour­ses. Sports Ex­cel­lence Awards are also avail­able.

The up­com­ing in­take for the Cam­bridge A-Level and SAM is on March 17. Stu­dents are given a RM300 or RM150 tu­ition fee re­bate if they enrol at least four weeks or two weeks be­fore the in­take date, re­spec­tively.

Fore­cast SPM re­sults are ac­cepted for pro­vi­sional ad­mis­sion. For de­tails on DISTED’s cour­ses and fi­nan­cial awards, call 04-2296579 or check out

SAM high achiev­ers show­ing their joy.

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