"Everything you ever wanted to know about Testing & IB Diploma "
Why does it matter?
- There are 6 IB Subject Groups: English, World Languages, Social Studies, Sciences, Math, Arts & Electives.
- Students must take one IB exam in each of the 6 subject groups; students decide which subject group they want to test at a either a Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL)
- The 6 exams can be completed as a combination of either: 3 HL and 3 SL exams OR 4 HL and 2 SL exams
- MPHS requires all IB diploma candidates take English and History as an HL exam.
- Note: HL and SL is for testing purposes, it does not describe a course on the student transcript.
For example – A student can be in Spanish VI and count their Spanish exam as SL for their IB Diploma.
The IB Diploma is awarded to students that complete the core components of the IB Program (CAS, Extended Essay, TOK), meet the subject requirements (6 subject groups) and earn a minimum of score of 24 on their exams (maximum score they can earn is 45).
2018 IB Diploma scores will be posted at www.candidates.ib.org on July 6. Please contact Dr. Thomas if you need assistance with your login information. Once the IB diplomas arrive at MPHS and are ready for pick up, an announcement is sent via IB Express, ManageBac and posted on this site.
If you have not picked your IB Diploma, and would like to do so, please email the school Registrar, Kory Formon.
- Most colleges award college credit for specific AP and IB higher level exam scores.
- If you are interested in studying abroad, countries like Spain, France and Italy are among some that accept an IB Diploma for entrance into their universities.
- In the US, AP is more popular than IB. What this means, is you are among a relatively smaller portion of the college applicant pool with this qualification. This distinction shows that you’ve not only taken on academic challenges, but done so through a program that’s widely known to be reputable, rigorous and requires a good deal of independent work from its graduates.
- Lastly, the IB testing results for MPHS are utilized by IBO as a basis for evaluating the quality of the IB Program and effectiveness of our IB teachers.
- My child is unable to attend one of their scheduled IB examinations. How can we schedule a make-up exam?
Unfortunately, regardless of the conflicting situation, IBO does not allow for any make-up exams. IB examinations are scheduled one year in advance and the tests are scheduled to take place on the same day worldwide. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Ron Thomas
- My child has an established 504 Plan at Myers Park which allows for specific accommodations during testing. Will those accommodations (ie: extended time, separate setting, scribe, etc) be honored during IB Diploma Testing?
IB Testing registration takes place in the Fall. The registration form specifically asks if the student has a 504 Plan. The IB Coordinator submits all testing accommodation needs to IBO for approval. If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Ron Thomas