4. The Scoring
- IB exams are scored on a scale of 1 – 7. A score of 4 is considered passing
- Students are required to earn a minimum score of 24 points to receive the IB Diploma.
- Bonus points (3 points maximum) are awarded for “excellent” Extended Essays and TOK Papers
- The maximum number of points a student can earn is 45 (42 subject exam points + 3 from the core).
NOTE: A candidate can only receive the overall diploma certificate if none of the following nine conditions below applies. The student will still receive college credit for the courses they pass.
• CAS requirements have been met.
• Candidate's total points are fewer than 24.
• An “N” (no grade awarded) has been given for TOK, EE or for a contributing
• There is no grade E (Failing Grade) awarded for TOK and/or the EE.
• There is a grade 1 awarded in a subject/level.
• Grade 2 has been awarded three or more times (HL or SL).
• Grade 3 has been awarded four or more times (HL or SL).
• The student has gained fewer than 12 points on HL subjects (for students who
register for four HL subjects, the three highest grades count).
• The student has gained fewer than 9 points on SL subjects (students who
register for two SL subjects must gain at least 5 points at SL).
5. How the Score is Determined
- The Internal Assessment (IA): the application of knowledge learned in an IB subject.
- This may take the form of oral commentaries (English, foreign languages, theatre), written commentaries, investigation papers, projects, dossiers, etc.
- Each IB exam consists of two or more parts (known as “papers”). The fine arts are assessed through performance review and reflections of the creative process.
- Each component (the IA and each “paper”) receives a percentage of the overall grade. Each component is assessed by a different examiner located in a different part of the world.
- In addition, the IB instructor is required to submit a predicted grade (PG); that is, what the instructor believes the student’s final score will be.
6. College / University Recognition of the IB Diploma
- A minimum of 24 hours of college credit will be awarded to any student who earns the IB Diploma and attends a public college or university in Colorado. (HOUSE BILL 03-1108)
- The student must earn a score of at least 4 on each IB exam taken for the IB Diploma. The college credit earned must be applied to the student’s degree plan unless the college/university does not have an equivalent course available. In that case, elective credit will be awarded. This law also applies to public institutions in multiple states.
- Additional college credit hours may be awarded depending on institution, number of exams, and scores
- IB Article: Getting IB Diploma Credit at US Colleges and Universities (May 2018)