Diploma Programme assessment
Issue of results
There are two examination sessions each year.
- May session—results issued on 5 July
- November session—results issued on 5 January
Diploma Programme students follow six courses at higher level or standard level. The grades awarded for each course range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Students can also be awarded up to three additional points for their combined results on theory of knowledge and the extended essay. Therefore, the highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.
The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole diploma and to satisfactory participation in creativity, action and service (CAS).
Generally about 80% of Diploma Programme students are awarded the diploma each examination session. Fewer than 1% of students gain 45 points.
Re-marking and feedback
After the results have been issued, schools can request re-marks for particular students if they feel the result is undeserved. Schools can also receive a range of different types of feedback on their students' performance.
For summary statistics of the last Diploma Programme examination session, and comparisons with previous years, read the latest statistical bulletin.