You're in an IB Diploma Programme or a few IB classes, and you've tirelessly worked all year (or two years) studying for your SLs and HLs. You sat for the exams, where you probably developed carpal tunnel syndrome. And you can relate a little too well to this video, but you're hoping you did a bit better on your IB exams.
So when do you get your IB exam scores? How do you get your scores? What does your score mean? I will answer all these questions and more in this article.
Feature image: IB Logo / International Baccalaureate Organization
When Do Scores Come Out for the May IB Exam Dates?
For May exams, IB test scores are issued on July 6 of the same year. Those who take an IB test in May 2023 will receive their scores on July 6, 2023.
When Do Scores Come Out for the November IB Exam Dates?
IB scores for tests taken in November are released to the schools on January 2 the year following the exam.
For students taking IB exams in November 2023, their scores will be released to their schools on January 2, 2024, and students will have access to their scores either that day or the following day.
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'll be able to do so about one day after results are issued, which means most students will receive their scores on July 6 for the May session and January 2 for the November session.
Note that IB results are released to students at staggered intervals depending on time zone. You can contact your IB coordinator to find out the exact time you'll be able to see your scores.
How Are IB Tests Scored?
IB tests aren't graded in the same way other school tests are. Here, we go over the grading scale for IB exams and how it works.
IB Tests Are Graded on a Scale of 1-7
Every IB test is scored on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the highest possible score. The IB uses what are called "grade descriptors" to describe what each level signifies for each possible category (of which there are six).
For example, here's how the IB describes a score of 5 in Group 4 (Sciences):
Displays broad subject knowledge and shows sound understanding of most concepts and principles, and applies them in some contexts. Analyses and evaluates quantitative and qualitative data competently. Constructs explanations of simple phenomena. Solves most basic or familiar problems and some new or difficult quantitative and/or qualitative problems. Communicates clearly with little or no irrelevant material.
Approaches investigations in an ethical manner, paying attention to environmental impact and safety where applicable. Investigations demonstrate appropriate investigative and analytical techniques with relevant and pertinent conclusions to resolving authentic problems.
For a full breakdown of what each score means, refer to this document from the IB.
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 will give you credit for IB HL classes with an exam score of 5 or higher. Some colleges will even waive your General Education requirements if you have an IB Diploma.
Others, such as the University of Southern California (my alma mater), will give you up to a full year's worth of credit for having an IB Diploma.
To find information about a college’s IB college credit policy, search for “[School Name] IB credit policy.” Most universities have a dedicated web page for explaining their credit policies.
What If You Think Your IB Exam Score Was Unfair?
After the IB results have been issued, schools can request re-marks for particular students if they feel that their results are undeserved. Schools can also receive a range of different types of feedback on their students' performances.
If you wish to have your IB exam reevaluated, contact the IB.
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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.