Let us first understand theeducation system structure of IB (International Baccalaureate). There are four different programs offered at different levels for students between the ages of 3 and 19 years by this system.
Students in the DP program choose one subject from each of the six ‘Subject Groups’ listed below:
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Additionally, all DP students must complete a two-year Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, work on an Extended Essay (EE), and participate in Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program uses both internally and externally assessment components to assess the student performance.
For most of the courses written examinations at the end of the DP form the basis of assessment, because of high objectivity and reliability.
External assessed coursework, completed by the students over an extended period under authenticated teacher supervision, forms a part of the assessment for several program areas, including the Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. In most subjects, the in-school assessments completed by the students are either externally assessed or marked by the teachers and then moderated by the IB examiners.
In the DP, students receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being the highest and 1 the lowest. They receive a grade for each DP course they complete. So, the maximum score for student to achieve on the successful completion of the course is 45 – the score for each of the subject groups and for the DP core elements.
The Creativity, Activity, Service – this does not for contribute for the score, but the participation is mandatory for the award of the Diploma. The assessments are held twice a year – May and November.
Planning ahead for university admissions, you would have already applied for your dream and preferred universities, with guidance and prompts from your respective schools. And some of you would have got conditional offers from couple of institutions – offer on the condition that you meet the required IB scores.
There is always a lot of variability between the predicted and the achieved grades. Be proud that you survived the IB!!! Regardless of the outcome, you have overcome personal, academic, and other challenges in this two- year journey. Yet, that anticipation of the rejections in spite of the conditional offers, just because you are a few points short of required score at your favorite institutions, is indeed overwhelming. This is referred to as a near-miss.
Actually, a near-miss situation does not mean that you will get rejected and can’t get entry into your dream university.
o Category 1: This is the re-marking of externally assessed material for an individual student. A fee is charged for conducting the process but is refunded if there is a change in the grade. If a student is 1 or 2 points short of a higher-grade boundary, then this re-marking option is a good option for the students and parents to consider. The student also has the option of his EEs and TOK essays re-marked under this category.
o Category 2A: This is the return of externally assessed material by component for all candidates. No grade change will result. These materials can only be seen by teachers/faculty at the IB school and the specific student.
o Category 2B: This is the return of a student’s externally assessed materials by level/subject. No grade change will result. These materials can only be seen by teachers/faculty at the IB school and the specific student.
o Category 3 re-moderation: This is the re-moderation of a school’s Internal Assessments (IA) by level/subject. This request is only acceptable when the mean of the candidates’ moderated IA marks deviates from the mean of the marks given by their teacher by at least 15% of the component’s maximum marks.
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