Over 149,000 IB graduates celebrate May 2016 session exam results

July 6, 2016

On July 5, more than 149,000 International Baccalaureate (IB) students around the world – both Diploma (DP) and Career-related (CP) Programme – received the results of the May 2016 examination session.
They join a community of more than 1,493,000 IB graduates from 147 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas this year marks an over 5 percent increase compared to last year’s exam session.

The May 2016 session showcases an average 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 IB DP pass rate, which continues to remain stable as the community of IB students continues to grow.

Commenting on the results, Dr. Siva Kumari, IB director general said, “I would like to congratulate all the students who are receiving their results. A fitting return for all the hard work and commitment they have shown in completing their learning.” “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 high school graduation and college enrolment and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings. And, perhaps more importantly, they are better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place. I would like to wish all of them good luck and best wishes.”

Over 370 school and 15,800 students took part in the May 2016 session in the Asia Pacific region. They achieved an average diploma score of 33.16 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 54 students achieving a perfect score. The top five largest cohorts in Asia for this session could be found in India (3,332 students), China (3,042 students), Hong Kong (2,076 students), Singapore (1,217 students) and Indonesia (1,191 students). The pass rate in Asia Pacific was 89.71 percent as compared to a global pass rate of 79.28 percent.

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 stated, “Congratulations to all IB students on receiving their results. This 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.”

Founded in 1968, the Geneva based International Baccalaureate is a not-for profit foundation which offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools.

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