How is the IB Diploma assessed?
- Whereas A-level examinations take place regularly throughout the two-year course, IB examinations are mainly at the end of the programme
- There are, however, College-based internal assessment tasks set at various points over the five terms
- Each course is marked on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest) for each subject
- IB is criterion-referenced (marked by performance against set standards), and (unlike A-level) has not been subject to grade inflation
- Up to 3 additional points are awarded for the Theory of Knowledge essay and the Extended Essay combined
- Subject to satisfying certain conditions, students who gain 24 or more points out of a maximum of 45 are awarded the IB Diploma
- Universities make conditional offers to applicants on the basis of a certain number of IB points (What do Universities think of the IB?)