Performance in each subject is graded on a scale of 1 point (minimum) to 7 points (maximum). For the IB diploma, a maximum of 3 points is awarded for combined performance in theory of knowledge and the extended essay. The maximum total Diploma Program points score is, therefore, 45.
In nearly all subjects at least some of the assessment is carried out internally by teachers, who mark individual pieces of work produced as part of a course of study. Examples include oral exercises in language subjects, projects, student portfolios, class presentations, practical laboratory work, mathematical investigations and artistic performances.
The Diploma will be awarded to candidates whose total score, including the six exams and bonus points from TOK and the Extended Essay, reaches or exceeds 24, 25, 26, or 27 points and does not contain any of the following failing conditions:
1. Higher Level Subjects:
2. Standard Level Subjects:
3. Overall Result:
Candidates with only one failing condition as detailed above, but with a total score of at least 28 points, including any bonus points, will be awarded the Diploma. However, the Diploma cannot be awarded, whatever the total score, to candidates who have earned a mark of 1 in any HL subject.