Summary of IBDP Results, OSC 2017 Including Comparisons with OSC 2016 and World Averages


The Overseas School of Colombo has continuously offered the two year IB Diploma Programme since 1983. All students at OSC are enrolled as IB Diploma Programme candidates and take IB examinations. The following IB World data is from data published in The IB Diploma Programme Statistical Bulletin, May 2016 Examination Session found on the IBO public website at www.ibo.org. The OSC IB Examination results are from a combination of data supplied by the IBO and calculated internally.

 

Registered IB Candidates1 IB Worldwide May 2016 OSC May 2016 OSC May 2017
Number of IB Diploma Programme examination candidates (all students at OSC) 149,446 25 23
Number of IB Diploma Programme
candidates attempting to earn the IB Diploma
74,497 22 22
Percentage of IB Diploma Programme candidates attempting to earn the IB Diploma 50% 88% 96%
Award of the IB Diploma      
Number of IB Diplomas awarded 59,156 21 21
IB Diploma pass rate 79% 95% 95%
Bilingual IB Diploma      
Number of IB Bilingual Diplomas 16,112 2 1
Percentage of IB Bilingual Diplomas

awarded

22% 9% 5%
The Distribution of IB Points2
(0.3% of candidates worldwide earn the maximum number of 45 points)
 
Percentage of IB Diploma earners with 30 points and above 60% 81% 76%
Percentage of IB Diploma earners with 36 points and above 21% 33% 24%
Mean IB Diploma points 30.0 33.1 32.3
Mean IB Grade (1-7)      
Mean grade for IB Diploma earners 4.8 5.2 5.1
Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge      
Percentage of candidates earning Extended Essay results of A 12% 18% 18%
Percentage of candidates earning Extended Essay results of B or Higher 36% 47% 59%
Percentage of candidates earning Theory of Knowledge results of A 6% 8% 18%
Percentage of candidates earning Theory of Knowledge Results of B or Higher 34% 43% 55%


  1. All students at OSC begin the programme as an IB Diploma Programme Courses Candidate. As the year progresses, they may choose to add higher level courses and make the decision to pursue the Full IB Diploma. Completion of the OSC graduation requirements with IB examination results will allow students to earn the US high school OSC Diploma. The decision to pursue individual IB courses in lieu of the full IB Diploma may be based on an individual’s best approach for further education opportunities through attaining higher grades in Standard Level only classes, personal preference or for reasons of appropriate challenge. An IB Diploma courses candidate who does not pass the requirements for the IB Diploma will receive a certificate of results for their examinations. A candidate who meets all of the requirements for the IB Diploma receives the IB Diploma as well as a certificate of their results.

  2. 30 IB points equivalent to an average IB grade of 5 (Good), is the World average. Not all, but many North American universities give university course credit for grades of 5 or better, especially at the Higher Level. 36 IB points are equivalent to an average IB grade of 6 (Very Good). Many North American Universities give a full year of university credit at considerable financial savings. A number of our graduates have jumped directly into the second year of university in Canada or the US leading to a considerable savings in university costs or the completion of a second degree or major in the fourth year. Most top universities in the UK and Australia give admissions offers to students earning between 30 and 38 points depending on the area of study. Only 19-20% of IB candidates around the world achieve 36 IB points or greater (equivalent to AAA or AAB at ‘A’ Level). Approximately 5.5% of IB candidates earn 40 points or better and only about 0.3% earn the maximum of 45 points.

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