Global IB graduates celebrate 2016 exam results

Yesterday, more than 149,454 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) students around the world received their results from the May 2016 examination session.

They join a community of more than 1,493,820 IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas in the UK this year is 4,969, marking an increase on last year’s figures (4,925).

The May 2016 session showcases an average global diploma score of 30.07 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 146 students achieving a perfect score. It also highlights the consistency of the global DP pass rate, which continues to remain stable as the community of IB students continues to grow. This year, the UK’s average DP score beats the global average at 34.66 with a pass rate of 94 percent.

In Africa, Europe and the Middle East (the AEM region), a total 31,091 students sat the examination, achieving a pass rate of 88 percent and an average diploma score of 32 points. In Spain, 2,611 students sat the IB exam, achieving a national pass rate of 86 percent and an average of 31 points. In Germany, 1,736 students took the IB examination this year, achieving a pass rate of 90 percent, giving the country a national average of 32 points.

The CP is the newest addition to the IB’s continuum and is designed for students wishing to engage in career-related learning while gaining transferable skills sought after by employers. Students studying the Programme will receive their results for the DP subjects studied within the CP.

“I’d like to congratulate all the students who are receiving their results, a fitting return for all the hard work and commitment they’ve shown in completing their learning.” says Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General.

“Students from more than 200 new schools joined an ever-growing body of IB alumni across the world, a group well-equipped to contribute productively and thoughtfully in any part of the world.

“Independent research confirms that the IB improves students’ academic achievement, as well as their probability of secondary school graduation and university enrolment, and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings. And, perhaps more importantly, they’re better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place.

“Along with our schools, we at the IB are proud of the outstanding calibre of our graduates. Beyond that, the IB is a community which holds together beyond each of our individual schools, and many of this session’s graduates will continue to interact with our community, as, together, we face the challenges of the coming years. I’d like to wish all of them good luck and best wishes.”

With more than 800 examination papers processed in 76 languages, this was the largest exam session conducted at the IB since the introduction of the DP. A large number of examiners teamed up across the world in this year’s session, to establish accurate grading criteria across all subjects and ensure consistency across the evaluation process.

IB Chief Assessment Officer, Paula Wilcock, said: “Congratulations to all IB students who received their results. This day is a culmination of all their learning and hard work, and is a defining moment in their lives. It is also testament to the dedication and professionalism of over 11,000 IB examiners, from 136 countries around the world.”

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