The Inter-Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) Equivalence Committee has improved the conversion formula for International Baccalaureate (IB) students from the May 2022 examination session onwards.
The improved conversion formula will benefit students currently enrolled in IB programmes. Following this decision, IB students will be able to compete with students qualifying from other foreign qualifications, helping them secure admission to universities in Pakistan.
For example, as per the revised conversion formula for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), students securing a grade of 7—the highest grade in the IB—would be equivalent to the mean value of the highest subject marks achieved in the Pakistani Examination Board (90+ marks). Equivalency marks have increased by an average of 5 marks for IB students securing a grade of 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3.
Uzma Shujjat, IB Regional Manager (Pakistan, Iran and the Nordic Region), said, “Improvement in the conversion formula for IB students marks a significant milestone for the IB in Pakistan. The IB is globally recognized for its innovative approach to education. IB programmes empower school-aged students to take ownership of their own learning and help them develop future-ready skills to make a difference and thrive in a world that changes fast. Following this welcome revision by IBCC Equivalence Committee, we expect more learners to join our programmes and get admission to national universities”.
IBCC considers the MYP, DP and Career-related Programme (CP) equivalent to Pakistan’s SSC and HSSC (relevant group), respectively.