IBDP Assessment

IBDP ASSESSMENT

 

The IB Diploma has a maximum total score of 45 points. IB students are graded on a scale ranging from 7 (outstanding) to 1 (extremely weak), on each of their six subjects.  The grades for each subject are then added together to provide a total score out of 42 (6 subjects X grade 7).  Additionally, IBDP students can be awarded up to 3 bonus points for their combined performance on both Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (ToK).  Both EE and ToK are graded on a scale ranging from A (excellent) to E (elementary).  The number of bonus points accorded is then calibrated using the matrix below.  

 

 

 

 

 

THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE (ToK)

Excellent (A)

Good (B)

Satisfactory (C)

Mediocre (D)

Elementary (E)

No Grade (N)

EXTENDED

ESSAY

(EE)

Excellent (A)

3

3

2

2

F

F

Good (B)

3

2

2

1

F

F

Satisfactory (C)

2

2

1

0

F

F

Mediocre (D)

2

1

0

0

F

F

Elementary (E)

F

F

F

F

F

F

No Grade (N)

F

F

F

F

F

F

F = Failing Condition

Note:  A+E combination now results in zero points & a FAILING condition

In order to be awarded the IB Diploma, students must successfully meet all requirements relating to the above nine components, i.e. the six subjects and the three core components.  Normally, the passing score for the IB Diploma is 24 points. However, there are ‘Failing Conditions’ for the IB Diploma even if a student achieves 24 points. Perhaps the most common of these failing conditions is if a student achieves less than an average of grade 4 in the three Higher Level subjects.  From May 2015 onwards, two additional failing conditions have been added:

  1. CAS requirements have not been met
  2. grade E has been awarded for one or both ToK & the EE 

    Assessment components (such as Internal Assessment, Written Tasks, Extended Essays, ToK Essays) which are completed by all IBDP students as coursework, provide them with an opportunity to optimize final grades awarded by IBO due to the following reasons.

  • To a large, though varying, extent and depending on the individual subject, students have a broad element of choice in deciding upon the title and focus for these assessment components.
  • In completing these assignments, IBDP students have a degree of time on their side. They have the opportunity to consult with their teacher during the process of drafting their work.  According to what is prescribed in each particular IBO Subject Guide, the IBDP classroom teacher may provide feedback on at least the first draft of any assignment.  If they wish to, students have the opportunity to assimilate feedback they receive into their final copy for submission.
  • IB examination results are published on July 5 each year. Some ten days later, the IBO makes available to schools the component marks and grades for each subject. For example, the mark and grade for Math Standard Level examination Paper 1, Paper 2, and for moderated Internal Assessment. It is overwhelmingly the case that IBDP students who have invested their time productively and sufficiently on Internal Assessment (IA) will achieve a high mark / grade, and this will frequently enhance the grade they are awarded overall in a subject.   
  • There are, however, protocols of academic honesty - including what constitutes malpractice - that students must observe in as they complete all coursework components. At Psychico College, IBDP students are informed about these protocols which are reinforced throughout the duration of the IBDP.