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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

Following release of results, students' grades can immediately be distributed by the IB to universities and university admission bodies around the world.

Candidates will be able to access their own results via the candidate results website, providing the coordinator has allowed them access to do so. Candidates can access their results on the following dates:

  • May session—results issued on 6 July
  • November session—results issued on 6 January

Grade descriptors

This document is a compilation of descriptions (grade descriptors) of each grade for each group of subjects in the IB diploma programme. Grade descriptors consist of characteristics of performance at each grade.


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).

Pass rates

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.

Statistical bulletins

For summary statistics of the last Diploma Programme examination session, and comparisons with previous years, read the latest statistical bulletin.