Further update for the May 2023 examination session


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For the May 2023 examination session, students undertaking the Diploma Programme (DP), Career-related Programme (CP), and Middle Years Programme (MYP) will complete all assessment components for each subject. The IB will award grades using all components, coursework and examinations. The IB intends to set the distribution of awarded grades to the pre-pandemic levels of May 2019.

The IB recognizes that students taking IB assessments in 2023 will have faced disruption to their learning and so will take account of this as part of the normal grade boundary-setting process.  

In returning the distributions of awarded grades close to pre-pandemic levels, the IB is taking the same approach as national and other international awarding organizations. This return to established distributions of awarded grades is aligned with university expectations and has been a phased process: results for the May 2022 and November 2022 examination sessions were closer to the results of 2019 than those of 2021.

However, mitigation for disruption to teaching and learning arising from the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be applied during the setting of grade boundaries.

As we have done since the start of the pandemic, the IB's dedicated teams will continue to work closely with schools to understand their contexts, and provide updates, support, and resources. The IB is immensely grateful to the global IB community for their remarkable resilience, flexibility, and professionalism to the benefit of students worldwide. 

For more details on the May 2023 examination session, students, parents and teachers are encouraged to talk to their school's IB coordinator.