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When Do IB Results and Scores Come Out?

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 17, 2019 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)



You're in an IB Diploma Programme or a few IB classes, and you have slaved all year (or two years) studying for your SLs and HLs. You sat for the exams - where you probably developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, you can relate a little too well to this video, but you are hoping you did a little bit better on your IB exams. So when do you get your scores? How do you get your scores? What does your score mean? I will answer all of these questions and more in this article.


For the May IB Exam Dates

The scores are issued on July 5 of the same year. For example, if you took your test May 2019, you received your scores July 5, 2019.


For the November IB Exam Dates

The scores are issued on January 3, in the year following the exam. For example, students who took exams in November 2018 received their results on January 3, 2019.



Mark your calendar!


How Do You Check Your IB Scores?

Ask your IB course coordinator for your candidate PIN. Using that number, you can access your own results via the IB's candidate results website. You will be able to do so one day after results are issued: on July 6 for the May session and January 4 for the November session.


You Got Your Score: What Does It Mean?

Tests Are Graded on a Scale of 1-7

For a full breakdown of what each score means (what the score criteria is) check out this document from the International Baccalaureate Organization.


What IB Scores Will Colleges Accept for Credit?

Each school may have slightly different qualifications for getting credit for IB courses, but most college classes give you credit for IB HL classes with an exam score of 5 or higher.

Some colleges even wave your general education requirements for those students with an IB Diploma.

Others, like the University of Southern California (my alma mater), give you a full year's worth of credit to those with an IB Diploma. Look up colleges' individual IB college credit policy by doing a Google Search for "[Name of College/University] IB credit policy." Most universities have a dedicated web page for explaining their IB credit policy.




What If You Feel Like Your Exam Score Was Unfair?

After the results have been issued, schools can request re-marks for particular students if they feel the result is undeserved. Schools can also receive a range of different types of feedback on their students' performance. If you wish to do so, please contact IB.


What's Next?

Are you hoping to squeeze in some extra IB classes? Learn about the IB courses offered online.

Studying for the SAT? Check out our complete guide to the SAT. Taking the SAT in the next month? Check out our guide to cramming.

Not sure where you want to go to college? Check out our guide to finding your target school.


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Dora Seigel
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As an SAT/ACT tutor, Dora has guided many students to test prep success. She loves watching students succeed and is committed to helping you get there. Dora received a full-tuition merit based scholarship to University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude and scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT. She is also passionate about acting, writing, and photography.

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