IB Diploma Points

IB Diploma Points

In the IB Diploma Programme students are assessed through a combination of coursework and external examinations. The examinations take place in May of Year 13. The Diploma Programme is not a modular course so there are no external examinations before this time. Each of the six subjects studied is graded on a 1-7 point scale, therefore a student can score a maximum of 42 IB points from the six subjects undertaken. The grade descriptors are below:

Grade

Description

7

Excellent

6

Very Good

5

Good

4

Satisfactory

3

Mediocre

2

Poor

1

Very Poor

 

IB Core: Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay

The Theory of Knowledge course is assessed in two parts: Essay and Presentation.The Presentation is completed either individually or in a group and is videoed and assessed internally by a panel of three TOK specialists including the IBDP Coordinator and the TOK Coordinator. The TOK Essay is completed during the course and is graded externally by IBO examiners. The TOK Handbook is available to all students and parents on managebac.
The Extended Essay is an independent research project culminating in a 4000 word research paper. All extended essays are externally examined by IBO examiners.The EE Handbook is available to all students and parents on managebac.

Grade

Description

Band A 

Work of an excellent standard

Band B

Work of a good standard

Band C

Work of a satisfactory standard

Band D

Work of a mediocre standard

Band E 

Work of a poor standard

 

The EE and TOK are worth a maximum of 3 IB points, depending on the grades obtained overall in each course. This is determined by a simple matrix as shown below.

The diploma points matrix

For example, a candidate who achieves level B for Theory of Knowledge and level C for the Extended Essay will be awarded two IB points.

Candidates who achieve level E for either Theory of Knowledge or the Extended Essay will fail their diploma.

The combination of points for subjects and core points means that the maximum possible points score for the Diploma is 45.

Award of the Diploma

The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 24, 25, 26 or 27 points, provided all the following requirements have been met:

  1. Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the IB diploma.
  2. All CAS requirements have been met.
  3. Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both theory of knowledge and an extended essay, with a grade of at least D in one of them.
  4. There is no grade 1 in any subject.
  5. There is no grade 2 at higher level.
  6. There is no more than one grade 2 at standard level.
  7. Overall, there are no more than three grades 3 or below.
  8. At least 12 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for four higher level subjects must gain at least 16 points at higher level).
  9. At least 9 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for two standard level subjects must gain at least 6 points at standard level).
  10. The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice.

The IB diploma will be awarded to a candidate whose total score is 28 points or above, provided all the following requirements have been met:

  1. Numeric grades have been awarded in all six subjects registered for the IB diploma.
  2. All CAS requirements have been met.
  3. Grades A (highest) to E (lowest) have been awarded for both theory of knowledge and an extended essay, with a grade of at least D in one of them.
  4. There is no grade 1 in any subject.
  5. There is no more than one grade 2 at higher level.
  6. There are no more than two grades 2 at standard level.
  7. Overall, there are no more than three grades 3 or below.
  8. At least 11 points have been gained on higher level subjects (candidates who register for four higher level subjects must gain at least 14 points at higher level).
  9. i At least 8 points have been gained on standard level subjects (candidates who register for two standard level subjects must gain at least 5 points at standard level).
  10. The final award committee has not judged the candidate to be guilty of malpractice.