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UK IB students celebrate exam results

Almost 5,000 students receive results from Diploma and Career-related IB programmes

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 05, 2016 | Teaching

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students around the world are receiving their results from the May 2016 examination session today. 

They join a community of more than 1,493,820 IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas in the UK this year is 4,969, representing 3.3% of the 149,454 students around the world on the programme.

The May 2016 session showcases an average global diploma score of 30.07 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 146 students achieving a perfect score. A score of 35 is equivalent to AAB at A-level. 

It also highlights the consistency of the global DP pass rate, which continues to remain stable as the community of IB students continues to grow. This year, the UK’s average DP score beats the global average at 34.66 with a pass rate of 94%. 

The CP is the newest addition to the IB’s continuum and is designed for students wishing to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable skills sought after by employers. Students on the programme will receive their results for the DP subjects studied within the CP. 

Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General, said: “I’d like to congratulate all the students who are receiving their results, a fitting return for all the hard work and commitment they’ve shown in completing their learning.

“Students from more than 200 new schools joined an ever-growing body of IB alumni across the world, a group well-equipped to contribute productively and thoughtfully in any part of the world.”  

With more than 800 examination papers processed in 76 languages, this was the largest exam session conducted at the IB since the introduction of the DP. A large number of examiners teamed up across the world in this year’s session, to establish accurate grading criteria across all subjects and ensure consistency across the evaluation process. 

IB Chief Assessment Officer, Paula Wilcock, said: “Congratulations to all IB students who received their results. This day is a culmination of all their learning and hard work, and is a defining moment in their lives. It is also testament to the dedication and professionalism of over 11,000 IB examiners, from 136 countries around the world.”

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