Diploma Programme (DP) and Course Candidates

Student work in the DP is assessed as evidence of achievement based on the stated goals of the DP courses. DP assessments are criterion-related and student performance is measured against the characteristics of the work expected of each grade level (grade descriptors), reflecting the aims and objectives of each subject.

Students complete internal and external assessments as part of the DP courses, for which they receive grades (points) ranging from 1-7, with 7 being the highest. The final Diploma score is made up of the combined points for each subject. Students must gain at least 24 points and successfully complete the elements of the DP Core.

Grade boundaries differ for each course, based on the specific assessed component and official past grade boundaries issued by the IBO.

Summative Assessments

Throughout the 2-year courses, students are assessed multiple times. Summative assessments in IB courses can be categorized into external assessments, internal assessments, and assessments as part of coursework. 

External Assessment

Examinations form the basis of external assessment for most courses. This is because of their high levels of objectivity and reliability. External assessments are subject to the school’s internal deadlines calendar, published annually. 

Internal Assessment

Teacher assessment is also used for courses. A sample of internal assessments are moderated annually by the IB. Internal assessments are also subject to the school’s internal deadlines calendar. 

Formative Assessments

Formative assessments can take many forms, from conversations with teachers to more formal rubric based feedback.  Formative assessments are not included in the final grade calculation, but instead inform instruction.

The DP Core 

Theory of knowledge (TOK) and extended essay (EE) components are assessed individually on the range of A - E, A being the highest grade. The combination of grades in both components can contribute up to 3 additional points towards the overall Diploma score.

TOK / EE

A

B

C

D

E

A

3

3

2

2

Failing Condition

B

3

2

2

1

C

2

2

1

0

D

2

1

0

0

E

Failing Condition

Creativity, Action, Service does not contribute to the points total but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.

Foundations in Research Course

The Foundations in Research Course (FIRC) is assessed on a Pass or Fail basis. Students that are completing the Extended Essay are exempt from the FIRC requirement.

IB CONVERSION SCALE 

according to the Ministry of Education and Science of North Macedonia 

International Baccalaureate MYP/DP Mark

Local Mark                                                                

8

5

7

5

6

5

5

5

4

4

3

3

2

2

1

1