Chief and Deputy Chief Examiner

Chief Examiners and Deputy Chief Examiners lead and support the examining teams and assessment processes, with responsibility for the quality of all assessments.

Chief Examiner

Chief Examiners oversee the examining teams for larger subjects in the Diploma Programme (DP)and Career-related Programme (CP), and for subject groups in the Middle Years Programme (MYP). They lead the assessment processes for their subject(s), ensuring that the assessments are of the highest quality. 

Deputy Chief Examiner

Deputy Chief Examiners support the monitoring of examining teams for larger subjects in the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP). They help lead the assessment processes for the subject, ensuring that the assessments are of the highest quality.

What do the roles entail?

The Chief Examiner is principally responsible for setting and maintaining the academic standard for their subject(s), helped by the Deputy Chief Examiner. Both the Chief and Deputy Chief Examiners are closely involved in setting question papers, marking candidates' work, and determining the final grades of candidates.

Both roles entail a commitment to attend meetings for activities such as question paper editing, examiner standardization and grade awarding. These meetings may be face-to-face or held online.

Chief Examiners are also members of the examining board for the IB. The examining board ensure that the IB programmes as a whole are coherent and fit for purpose.

Chief and Deputy Chief Examiners may be invited to participate in curriculum and assessment development alongside teachers, external consultants, and academic staff. However, the IB currently operates a seven-year cycle of curriculum review for individual subjects and courses, therefore the exact nature of this involvement will vary according to timing.