IB graduates celebrate exam results

More than 14,700 Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students around the world are today receiving their results from the November 2016 examination session.

This marks an 18 percent increase compared with last year, and they join a community of more than 1,600,000 DP graduates in 152 countries across the world. The number of students who received their diplomas in 2016 in all exam sessions is 66,000, a 4.4 percent increase compared with 2015.

The November 2016 session showcases an average diploma score of 29 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 94 students achieving a perfect score.

“I want to congratulate all the new Diploma Programme graduates, and wish them every success as they progress to their next phase of learning,” says Dr Siva Kumari, Director General of the IB. “They join an ever-growing community of IB alumni across the world, a group well-equipped to contribute productively wherever they choose. Their preparation for entry to higher education is second to none, and the most highly-reputed universities recognize DP graduates as holistic, well-rounded individuals who can perform successfully wherever they choose to study.

“Independent studies confirm that the IB increases students’ academic achievement, as well as the probability of high school graduation and college enrolment. Beyond that, studies show that our students are well-prepared to succeed in post-secondary study. And, perhaps more importantly, they are set to make important and inspiring contributions to their communities, and help achieve the IB’s mission of education for a better world. Along with our community of over 4,500 schools, we at the IB are proud of the calibre of these future citizens. I’d like to wish all of them good luck and best wishes.”

In 2016, more than 626,000 examination papers were processed in 79 languages, making it the largest number of exams conducted at the IB since the introduction of the Diploma Programme in 1968. Examiners teamed up across the world to establish accurate, internationally-benchmarked grading criteria across subjects, and ensure consistency across the evaluation process.

IB Chief Assessment Officer, Paula Wilcock, says: “I wish IB students all the best as they receive their results. This is the culmination of all their hard work and commitment to learning. It is also a testament to the effort and commitment of the IB examiners from over 70 countries who work so hard to deliver these results. I thank them for their dedication and their professionalism.”