Assessment and the grading

Assessment of achievement in each subject of the IB Programme is based on coursework amounting to 20-50% of the total marks, depending on the subject, and final examinations taken in May of D2.

Each subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum), as shown below. The grades are referenced to grade criteria rather than to performance of any group of students in any particular year.

Grade Description
7 Excellent
6 Very Good
5 Good
4 Satisfactory
3 Mediocre
2 Poor
1 Very Poor (Fail)


Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay

Assessment of TOK and the extended essay is by a system of bonus points. In TOK, work is assessed both internally and externally. Extended essays are assessed externally.
These two components are each graded in one of five bands.

Grade Description
A Work of an excellent standard
B Work of a good standard
C Work of a satisfactory standard
D Work of a mediocre standard
E Work of a poor standard (Fail)

It is possible to gain a bonus of up to 3 points for TOK and extended essay in combination. The bonus points are determined according to the following matrix.

TOK
Extended Essay A B C D E
A 3 3 2 2 Failing condition
B 3 2 2 1
C 2 2 1 0
D 2 1 0 0
E Failing condition

Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.

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