IBDP Assessment




In the IB Diploma Programme, the extended essay is the prime example of a piece of work where the student has the opportunity to show knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm about a topic of his or her choice. Students are required to obtain a D grade, or higher, in both TOK and the Extended Essay in order to pass the IB Diploma. A good Extended Essay together with a TOK essay and presentation of the same quality can contribute a maximum of 3 diploma points on top of academic points, making a potential total of 45.

The Principles of Assessment

The principles of the IBDP Assessment Policy are as follows:

Assessment is the continuous measurement of how well a student has attained the aims and objectives of a course. It is an integral part of the curriculum; it is derived from curricular goals.
Assessment should account for a variety of learning styles.
Assessment should be differentiated to account for the diverse backgrounds of learners.
It should provide the basis for reporting, based on supportable evidence and practices.
Assessment should encompass knowledge, skills gained, understanding and attitudes.
It should be monitored, evaluated and reviewed by teachers and the department.

Achievement Grades

The achievement grades for the IBDP Programme are as follows:

7A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them almost faultlessly in a wide variety of situations. Consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation is shown where appropriate. The student consistently demonstrates originality and insight and always produces work of high quality.
6A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in a wide variety of situations. Consistent evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation is shown where appropriate. The student generally demonstrates originality and insight.
5A consistent and thorough understanding of the required knowledge and skills and the ability to apply them in a variety of situations. The student generally shows evidence of analysis, synthesis and evaluation where appropriate and occasionally demonstrates originality and insight.
4A good general understanding of the required knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them effectively in normal situations. There is occasional evidence of the skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
3Limited achievement against most of the objectives, or clear difficulties in some areas. The student demonstrates a limited understanding of the required knowledge and skills and is only able to apply them fully in normal situations with support.
2Very limited achievement against all the objectives. The student has difficulty in understanding the required knowledge and skills and is unable to apply them fully in normal situations, even with support.
1Minimal achievement in terms of the objectives.

Theory of Knowledge

There are 2 assessment components for TOK as follows:

TOK Essay1,200 to 1,600 words on a title chosen from 6 provided each year by the IBO. Essays are externally assessed.
Oral PresentationPrepared at the end of the first year of the IBDP Programme. Students prepare and present their oral presentations on themes of their own choosing. They are internally assessed.

Extended Essay

All IBDP candidates are required to write a 4,000 word Extended Essay on a topic of their choice. The essay will involve some form of independent research along with the inclusion of data and information that supports a designated Conclusion. Students must also demonstrate an understanding of the procedure process of writing and the formatting of a research paper.


Diploma Points Matrix

Students must obtain a D grade, or higher, in both TOK and the Extended Essay in order to pass the diploma Programme. A good Extended Essay and TOK essay and presentation can contribute a maximum of 3 diploma points on top of academic points, making a potential total of 45.

The IBDP Programme Points Matrix for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge is as follows: