Do I have to do the full IB Diploma?
Although we encourage all students to consider the full IB Diploma and will support all students who wishes to pursue it, we recognize that the IBDP may not fit every student in all situations. All students at ASW graduate with a fully accredited high school diploma, giving them access to postsecondary schools worldwide. In addition, students may elect to take IBDP Courses, which may provide them certain advantages in university applications, college credit, or a combination thereof. Please speak with the IBDP Coordinator or the High School Counselors for guidance and further information.
What are the differences between the higher and the standard levels?
This varies from subject to subject. However, in general, an HL subject covers more material and goes into more depth. When choosing subjects for the program, it is important to talk to the teacher, IB Coordinator or High School Counselors to choose the higher level subjects most appropriate to interest and future plans.
What if I want to change from HL to SL, or vice versa, once I have started my program?
This does sometimes happen but, in some cases, it is not possible to change courses because of scheduling difficulties. It is important to see the High School Counselors and IB coordinator as soon as possible to discuss any possible changes and how these will affect the program.
How are the IB exams graded?
All IB subjects are graded on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being the highest grade. The maximum points which can be earned are 45; 7 for each subject and a possible 3 bonus points from TOK combined with the Extended Essay.
Every subject combines both Internal and External Assessment, allowing students the opportunity to apply their skills, knowledge, and understanding of a subject throughout the two year course.
What are IAs (Internal Assessment)?
Each IB subject has an Internal Assessment component, which counts towards the final grade in that subject. These are assignments, which are assessed by the subject teachers at ASW and then externally moderated by the IB. It is important to stress the significance of these assignments, since they make up between 20%-40% of the final grade, depending on the subject area.
When do the IA’s happen?
Internal Assessments are conducted throughout the two year course of study. Please see the Internal Assessment Google Calendar.
Is there a mock exam session?
Yes, currently, mock exams are scheduled towards the end of March and attempt to give students an authentic IB exam experience.
When are the IB results published?
Students receive a password and pin number and access their results online on July 6. However, before this date, students should request that their results be sent to the college or university of their choice. The IBDP Coordinator will work with students to ensure this process is completed.
What happens if my university requires my results be certified?
(Universities in Poland and some other countries require that an officially, stamped version of the results are sent very early in July).
If such results need to be sent, the IB Coordinator needs to be informed, in advance, so that arrangements can be made for a signed and stamped copy to be available to students after the 6th July.
What does the IB Diploma look like and when do I get it?
For IB diploma candidates, who have successfully earned the diploma, two documents are issued, which are delivered to ASW in early September. One is the diploma document and the second (and more important for university purposes) is the results certificate, which shows the grades earned for each subject and the overall grade received. Graduates can either collect their documents personally from the high school office or we can forward them, if a request is made and we have the correct address.
Where can I get more information?
The official IBO website at www.ibo.org
is a great place to start. In addition, the full IBDP program requirements can be found here.