The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme is different from other pre-university courses or assessments in that it is a comprehensive, integrated programme that emphasizes international perspectives and fosters the development of skills and attributes to prepare students for university and life.
The IB Diploma Programme is an integrated programme in six subject areas that incorporates critical thinking, research and intercultural understanding, compared to the single-subject focus of other programmes and assessments.
IB assessments include multiple, varied forms of external and internal assessment at both levels (standard level and higher level), as opposed to a heavy reliance on multiple-choice or short-answer examinations.
In addition to the rigorous assessment and curriculum in six subjects, the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service components in the IB Diploma Programme encourage the development of well-rounded students who are committed to lifelong learning.
In order to receive the IB diploma, students must complete examinations in six subject areas and successfully complete the core requirements. IB students who do not receive the diploma may receive an IB certificate in a standard level or higher level subject.
The IB authorizes schools to offer the Diploma Programme. IB World Schools must demonstrate that they meet the IB’s programme standards and practices, including recommended hours for IB courses.