IB Frequently Asked Questions

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Can I register for an HL exam even though I’m in an SL course?

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      No. Remember, an HL exam requires two years of instruction in the same subject. An SL exam is only one year of instruction.
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    • Can I register for an SL exam even though I’m in an HL course?

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      Yes.
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    • What happens if I don’t complete an internal assessment for an IB subject?

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      You will not be awarded the IB diploma and you will not receive a grade from IB.  You will be ineligible to receive college credit for the subject.

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    • What happens if I don’t earn a 4 on an IB exam?

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      You have the option of re-taking the exam a year later, or you can make up the difference on an HL exam. A score of 1 on an SL or HL exam is a “failing condition.” You must earn at least 24 points to be awarded the IB Diploma, a minimum of 12 points must be from HL subjects.

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    • When are the IB exams administered?

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      During the month of May. Almost all of the exams take place over two days of testing. They begin in an afternoon session and finish in the following morning session.
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    • When do I receive my exam results?

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      During the first week of July. (AP exams also become available at the same time.) You will be given a card with a website address and PIN to access your scores on-line. No results will be mailed to you.

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    • Do all colleges and universities award the same amount of credit for IB exams?

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      No. There is no standardization among colleges and universities as to how much credit will be awarded.

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    • How does my college obtain my IB exam results?

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      When you are a senior, you will complete a form (during the administration of the IBn exams) informing the IB Office as to what college you want your scores sent. After the results have been issued in July, the IB North America Regional Office will send your results electronically to your college.

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    • What if I’m not happy with one or more of my IB exam results. Can I appeal the score(s)?

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      Yes. There is a fee for each IB exam that is appealed. A senior examiner will review all components of the exam and determine if an error was made. If the IB discovers that your score is not correct, they will either increase it or lower it. The IB Coordinator will be informed by e-mail if there is a change in the grade or if the grade remains the same.

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    • How much do the IB exams cost?

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      The amount changes from year-to-year.

      Each registration includes the following costs for school year:

      Registration fee: This is a one time fee for IBDC’s. Diploma Course students must pay the registration fee in both junior and senior years. Students who qualify for the “free and reduced lunch program” receive financial assistance from Lamar.

      Exam fee (per exam): HISD pays for your actual exams
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    Last Modified on October 30, 2018