The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme assesses students’ performance based on the acquired knowledge and skills they will use in their further education and life in general. The IB Diploma Curriculum and unique teaching methods make a big difference in the life of each student, while their grades are well-deserved recognition of their achievement in the IB programme.

IB assessment measures the extent to which students have mastered subject content and how prepared they are to use this knowledge for further advancement.

Comprehensive assessment and globally recognised standards of achievement

The IB Diploma Programme assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the Diploma Programme (DP) courses.

DP assessment measures the extent to which students have mastered advanced academic skills, such as:

  • analysing and presenting information
  • evaluating and constructing arguments
  • solving problems creatively

Basic skills are also assessed, including:

  • retaining knowledge
  • understanding key concepts
  • applying standard methods

In addition to academic skills, DP assessment encourages an international outlook and intercultural skills, wherever appropriate.

Exams include:

  • essays
  • structured problems
  • short-response questions
  • data-response questions
  • text-response questions
  • case-study questions
  • multiple-choice questions

In addition to exams, teacher (internal) assessment is also used and includes:

  • oral work in languages
  • field and lab work
  • research
  • artistic performances

IB education helps students achieve their full potential

The IBDP curriculum helps students gain analysis, writing, communication and presentation skills. It also enables students to acquire research experience, develop organisational abilities, master time management and learn how to explore a topic from different perspectives.

Because of the comprehensive nature of the IB programme, it is difficult to assess the students’ skills and knowledge based on exams solely. This is why IB includes internal assessment conducted by teachers based on students’ in-class performance. This assessment is part of the final grade.

High academic requirements – the foundation for future success

The IB Diploma Programme encourages students to achieve their potential and strive for excellence. It sets high academic standards and provides students with the tools and support to meet them. This is why students who obtain the IB diploma and certificates have the skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in different academic and professional environments.

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