Assessment and Grading System

The IB Diploma is not granted after an accumulation of credits. It is awarded based on a range of assessments, primarily external examinations taken in all subjects in May of Year 13. However, all courses include at least 20% internal assessment.

Each subject is graded on a scale of 1 (minimum) to 7 (maximum). In order to earn the IB Diploma, the student must meet defined standards and conditions including a minimum total of 24 points and the satisfactory completion of the three core Diploma requirements, theory of knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the extended essay.

The minimum score of 24 is based on the notion that a grade 4 represents a passing level in each of the six subjects. Excellent performance in the six subject areas results in a grade 7 for each, or a total of 42 points.

TOK and the extended essay combine to contribute a possible 3 additional points to the overall score, giving a maximum IB Diploma score of 45 points.

The combination of grades within TOK and the Extended Essay are:

  Theory of knowledge
Grade
A
Grade
B
Grade
C
Grade
D
Grade
E
Extended essay Grade
A
3 3 2 2 Failing condition
Grade
B
3 2 2 1 Failing condition
Grade
C
2 2 1 0 Failing condition
Grade
D
2 1 0 0 Failing condition
Grade
E
Failing condition Failing condition Failing condition Failing condition Failing condition

Attaining a grade ‘E’ or non-submission of work in either TOK or the extended essay represents an automatic failure of the IB Diploma.

At ISL

ISL’s grading and assessment programme for the six separate subjects are in line with the Diploma Programme scale of 1-7, with 7 being the highest grade. TOK is graded on an A-E scale, in line with external assessment.

Although the Diploma Programme runs over the course of two academic years, students will receive a grade for each of the six subjects at the end of each of the four semesters. These grades are criterion-referenced and relate to the final examination criteria used by the IB. Furthermore, grades form part of a student’s academic transcript and are communicated via the semester reports.

Reports are written for CAS, although grades not are provided for this aspect as the philosophy of the programme is one of ‘experiential learning’ rather than numerical outcome.

powered by finalsite