Earlier this week UNIS Hanoi’s DP Coordinator, Elliott Cannell wrote to Grade 12 families to share more information on how Grade 12 students will receive their DP grades following recent updates from the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IB). Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Will students be awarded an IB Diploma?
Students who fulfil the requirements will receive an IB Diploma. A total points score will be awarded out of 45, as normal. All students will receive an IB Transcript with their grade (1-7) for each subject. Results are expected to be published to students on 6 July, like any other year.
How will students be awarded their DP subject grades?
The IB will award each student with a grade (1-7) for each of their DP subjects using a calculation that takes into account their coursework marks (IAs, Orals, WT, WAs, etc.) and their predicted grades from their teachers at UNIS Hanoi. Teachers will use evidence of learning accumulated since the start of Grade 11 to predict the final grade that each student would have achieved had the DP exams taken place. The DP predicted grades that UNIS sends to the IBO will not be distributed to Grade 12 students in keeping with previous practise at UNIS Hanoi.
What about students who perform better in exams than coursework?
The IB has said they will use a calculation ‘based on the relationship between coursework marks, predicted grades and subject grades to estimate the subject grades candidates would have received if the exams had gone ahead. If the relationship between these elements shows that in previous years candidates globally tended to achieve higher outcomes on their exams than their coursework, the calculation used this session will reflect that.’
How will coursework (IAs, Orals, WT, WAs, etc.) be marked?
The IB is taking a more individualized approach to marking Internal Assessments (IA) this year in Chinese B, French B, Spanish B, Spanish Ab Initio, Business Management, Economics, History, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, ESS, Physics, Math HL, Math SL, and Math Studies. The IB will mark the IAs of all students in these subjects, instead of requiring UNIS teachers to mark these IAs and then applying moderation. This process will give students a more individualized grade.
Can students make last minute improvements to their coursework (IAs, Orals, WT, WAs, etc.)?
The IB has asked all schools to ‘ensure that students do not receive any additional feedback or support beyond what they would normally receive’. Many items of coursework by UNIS students have already been submitted to the IB. It is essential that UNIS submits all remaining coursework to the IBO as soon as possible so that students can receive their results on time.
If you have any further questions, please contact Elliott Cannell by email.