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IB Diploma Programme
   Why Offer the IB DP?
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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses.


The IB uses both external and internal assessment:

External Assessment (Exams)

Internal Assessment (Teacher Assessment)

They include:

+ Essays.
+ Structured problems.
+ Short-response questions.
+ Data-response questions.
+ Text-response questions.
+ Case-study questions.
+ Multiple-choice questions – though these are rarely used. 

This includes:

+ Oral work in Languages.
+ Fieldwork in Geography.
+ Laboratory work in the Sciences.
+ Investigations in Mathematics.
+ Artistic performances.



DP assessment procedures measure the extent to which students have mastered skills in fulfilling these goals, for example:

Advanced Academic Skills

Basic Skills

+ Analysing and presenting information.

+ Evaluating and constructing arguments.

+ Solving problems creatively.

+ Retaining knowledge.

+ Understanding key concepts.

+ Applying standard methods


In addition to academic skills, DP assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills, wherever appropriate (see video IBDP students are global citizens).


The DP is also committed to the development of students according to the attributes shown in the IB learner profile (


How DP Assessment Is Scored

Student results are determined by performance against set standards, not by each student’s position in the overall rank order.


Students receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being highest. Students receive a grade for each DP course attempted.

* The IB awards the same number of points for Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL) courses, reflecting the IB’s belief in the importance of achievement across a broad range of academic disciplines.

* HL and SL courses differ in scope but are assessed against the same grade descriptors, with HL candidates expected to demonstrate the various elements of the grade descriptors across a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills. 


The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance including successful completion of the three essential elements of the DP core: 

* The Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Extended Essay (EE) components are awarded individual grades and, collectively, can contribute up to 3 additional points towards the overall Diploma score.

* Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) does not contribute to the points total but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.


A student’s final Diploma result score is made up of the combined scores for each subject out of a possible 45 points.


A Bilingual Diploma is awarded to candidates who:

* Receive a Grade 3 or higher in two languages selected from the DP Group 1 course Studies In Language And Literature or

* Gain a Grade 3 or higher in Studies In Language And Literature and a Grade 3 or higher in a Group 3 Individuals And Societies or Group 4 Sciences subject, completed in a different language.


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