IB students complete assessment tasks in their six chosen subjects in school and take written examinations in May of their final year. Unlike A level, you will not sit any examinations in Year 12.
Each of the six subjects studied is marked out of seven (maximum of 42 points) regardless of whether candidates have studied at Standard or Higher Level. Up to three extra points are awarded for the Extended Essay and TOK elements of the IB.
The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, out of a possible total of 45 points.
An IB diploma total of 24 points is worth a B and two C grades at A Level, rising to the equivalent of six A levels at grade A for the maximum 45 points. The top UK universities usually make offers to students who achieve between 32 and 40 points and many admissions tutors value highly the broad range of activities IB students take part in as part of their course.
Examination results are available in early July, giving you longer to explore your University options.
Click here to find out more about our 2013 IB examination results.