The IB Diploma

Earning an IB Diploma

If students earn an IB Diploma, it means they enter university as prepared and inspired graduates. Although this is no simple task, there are a few simple elements to understand.

In each HL and SL course, students earn a Course Grade out of 7.

In their six DP courses, each DP candidate’s final goal is to earn a maximum of 42 points based on final exams, on other External Assessment projects, and on their Internal Assessment projects.

This is a challenge. Students need to complete all coursework to the best of their ability in order to gain the skills necessary to earn an IB Diploma. Keep in mind that at the beginning of Grade 11, marks might seem low because teachers will be assessing performance based on Grade 12 standards, as DP courses last two years. HL academic standards are higher than SL academic standards.

External Assessments are marked by professional IB markers around the world. Stratford Hall teachers will not mark final exams written by students at Stratford Hall. This ensures an accurate, unbiased approach. Internal Assessments are marked by our DP teachers; samples are marked by professional IB markers outside the school to ensure accuracy.

Students’ performance on their Extended Essay and their Theory of Knowledge Essay is translated into a maximum of 3 points, allowing students to reach a total of 45 points, maximum. It is possible to earn zero core points.

The conditions under which a student may not earn an IB Diploma are as follows:

The IB Diploma will not be awarded to a candidate in the following instances:

  • CAS requirements have not been met
  • Candidate’s total points are fewer than 24
  • An 'N' has been given for Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay or for a contributing subject
  • A grade E has been awarded for one or both of Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay
  • There is a grade 1 awarded in any subject/level
  • Grade 2 has been awarded three or more times (HL or SL)
  • Grade 3 or below has been awarded four or more times (HL or SL)
  • Candidate has gained fewer than 12 points on HL subjects (for candidates who register for four HL subjects, the three highest grades count)
  • Candidate has gained fewer than 9 points on SL subjects (candidates who register for two SL subjects must gain at least 5 points at SL)

Students will earn a letter grade from A to E in Theory of Knowledge (ToK) and on their Extended Essay (EE). Their combined score on the ToK/EE matrix earns them 0-3 points, leading to a maximum score of 45 points in total when combined with the Group 1-6 scores.

ToK/EE

A

B

C

D

E

A

3

3

2

2

B

3

2

2

1

C

2

2

1

0

D

2

1

0

0

E

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