Examinations scheduled between 30 April and 22 May 2020 will no longer be held. The IB intends to release results to universities and schools as planned on 5 July.
- All student coursework and associated predicted grades will need to be uploaded by 20 April, if not sooner, to guarantee delivery of results by 5 July.
- Students will be able to do retakes. If the current May session students would like to sit exams in the November session, IB would welcome it, and therefore they are prepared for that eventuality.
- The student will be awarded either a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work.
- The achievement will be based around the students’ coursework and the established assessment expertise.
IB will be using vast historical assessment data to ensure that they follow a rigorous process of due diligence in what is a truly unprecedented situation. They will be undertaking significant data analysis from previous exam sessions, individual school data, subject data as well as comparative data of schools who have already completed uploading requirements and those who have not. IB will require schools to submit the coursework for all candidates.
IB will externally mark work that is usually marked by teachers, instead of taking samples and applying moderation.
They will use a calculation that is based on the relationship between coursework marks, predicted grades and subject grades to estimate the subject grades candidates would have received if the exams had gone ahead.
If the relationship between these elements shows that in previous sessions candidates globally tended to achieve higher outcomes on their exams than their coursework, the calculation used this session will reflect that.
At a subject level, students will be awarded a grade on the normal IB 1-7 scale. Theory of Knowledge (TOK), the Extended Essay and the Career-Related Programme Reflective Project will be awarded a grade on the normal IB A-E scale. The DP core will be awarded on the normal IB 0-3 scale. A total points score will be awarded for the Diploma, out of 45 as normal.
The IB is communicating with universities globally about the current situation and will continue to do so. Further details will be available shortly.
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