FAQ - Diploma Programme

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Do all students at ISPP follow the IB Diploma Programme?
What is the status of the IB Diploma as a school-leaving certificate?
What are the Diploma assessment criteria?
Do all students in an IB Diploma Programme need to be complete the (EE), (CAS) and (TOK)?
Is the DP good preparation for University?
Which Universities recognize the IB diploma?

Do all students at ISPP follow the IB Diploma?

All students start with the possibility of taking the IB Diploma. If students achieve less than 12 points in higher level subjects and less than 24 points overall out of 45 then other options will be recommended. This would entail taking the IB subjects in which the student is successful and the ISPP Diploma (accredited by WASC).

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What is the status of the IB Diploma as a school-leaving certificate?

The IB Diploma is very highly thought of all over the world. It is generally regarded as the best and most rigorous pre-university qualification. More information on the IB Diploma in individual countries can be found at http: //www.ibo.org/recognition/; Search on this page for country specific information: http://www.ibo.org/recognition/university/

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What are the Diploma assessment criteria?

Each subject has its own summative assessment criteria which can be found in the subject guide published by the IB. Assessment is typically two thirds external assessment (exams) to one third internal assessment (coursework). The IB Diploma is scored out of seven for each subject. Six subjects are taken; three at standard level, three at higher level (42 points). Three additional points are available for the core; the Extended Essay (EE), Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) and Theory Of Knowledge (TOK). The IB Diploma is scored out of 45 points.

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Do all students in an IB Diploma Programme need to complete the Extended Essay (EE), Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) and Theory Of Knowledge (TOK)?

All students complete these important aspects of the IB Diploma. Those students not taking the full IB Diploma may elect to enter any of the three core components for IB external assessment. ISPP Diploma only candidates will complete these three areas but for assessment internally at ISPP.

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Is it easier to get in to university if you have an IB Diploma?

This question cannot be simply answered with a yes or no. It depends on the university and the chosen programme of study within that university. It also depends on the pool of applicants that the particular university gets in a given year.

For the most competitive universities it is really a matter of supply and demand. The more demand a university has for its seats, the higher the price they can charge. This price comes in two forms; in the form of actual money, paid in fees and tuition but more often in the form of a student's demonstrated talents on which the university can capitalize.

In general, universities look for students who have been successful in their chosen programme and who have chosen the most rigorous programme for which they could reasonably be successful. Therefore, since the IB Diploma is one of the most recognized and rigorous, passing with high marks places a student in a highly competitive ranking.

For details about a particular course and the options refer to the Diploma Years Programme Handbook available in the Secondary office and on this website or the Diploma Coordinator's office.

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Is the DP good preparation for University?

The Diploma Programme is ideal preparation for Univeristy, for it's international qualification, and academic breadth and depth.  For more information about the many ways that the DP programme prepares students for University, click here.

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Which Universities recognize the IB diploma?

There is a list of universities and other tertiary institutes across the world that recognize the IB and their policies for doing so on the IB website.

There are more than 1,800 universities representing 75 countries currently in this directory, but many other universities also admit IB diploma holders. Each university usually has a contact e-mail of the person responsible for the IB recognition. Additionally, the IB maintains summary policies of universities in the US, Canada, and Australia. Please always check with the university directly.

Full details are available at http://www.ibo.org/recognition/ 

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