Scaled markbands

For both internal and external assessment, as well as for the EE, we will not have any actual mark bands to guide assessment until the first set of EEs (May 2018) or exams (May 2019) is completed.

In order to be able to give students feedback and eventually predict grades, below you will find a scaled set of mark bands based on the ones used for the current program. Please note, the Paper II mark bands will most likely stay the same as the marks are still 22 or 44.

This will be updated after the first exam session.

Paper I

Paper I HL and SL
732+311 - 14
626 - 3126 - 10
520 - 2510 - 5
415 - 19

Paper II HL

Paper II HL
731+310 - 15
626 - 3025 - 9
521 - 2510 - 4
416 - 20

Paper II SL

Paper II SL
717+35 - 7
613 - 1623 - 4
511 - 1210 - 2
48 - 10

Paper III

Paper III (HL only)
716+37 - 8
614 - 1525 - 6
511 - 1310 - 4
49 - 10

Internal Assessment

Internal Assessment SL & HL
716+37 - 9
614 - 1523 - 6
512 - 1310 - 2
410 - 11

Extended Essay

Extended Essay
A27 - 34
B21 - 26
C14 - 20
D7 - 13
E6 and below
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Comments 4

Sushmita Chatterjee 24 May 2018 - 08:11

Hi John, may I ask how you arrived at these markbands? I'm quite new to this, was wondering if they're a little low compared to the old curriculum? E.g. 65% for a 7 for Paper 1.

John Crane 25 May 2018 - 05:09

Dear Sushmita

Yes, they are based on the markbands for the last curriculum. They are scaled - that is, if the total marks for the paper has changed, I used the same percentages to determine the most likely number of marks. Since the markbands are not set until the first set of exams are sat, there is no other way to predict what the marks will be.

Sania Begum 1 October 2018 - 06:54

Dear John,
In my school we have quarterly exams therefore for the new DP year 1 students will be writing an exam only on the content covered before the exam - so they will be writing 2 SAQs. How can I convert each score or the total of both SAQs to determine the IB level?
Thank you.

John Crane 2 October 2018 - 05:07

That's up to you, Sania. There is no conversion for such a combination that would be in line with IB assessment.