How many points do I have to earn to earn the "IB Diploma?"
The IB scoring system acknowledges that students have areas of relative academic strength and weakness. Students are required to take 6 IB courses (three SL and three HL). The assessments for each of these courses are scored out of a possible 7 points. Students also earn an extra point each for their Extended Essay, TOK class and CAS portfolio. As such, there are a total of 45 possible points that a student can earn. In order to receive the IB Diploma, students must earn 24 of those possible 45 points. This system is designed so that a student who is willing to work hard and adhere to the IB philosophy should earn the IB diploma. In fact about 82% of students who complete the program earn the diploma.