Why should I choose IBDP?

IBDP is a course where you develop skills that are crucial to this globalised world. It is designed to make you think, inquire, reflect and communicate and in this process, become open-minded and knowledgeable as well as develop intercultural awareness. This quality distinguishes it from the other boards and it helps you fare better not only with further studies but also in life. 

How do I cope with the IB if I am from a different board?

The facilitators at MIS are trained to help you cope with the IB. They undertake IBDP workshops which helps them design teaching strategies to cater to different kinds of learners. For most subjects, before a concept is taught, activation of prior knowledge is a step that tells the facilitator how to conduct the lesson further. Moreover, MIS makes an effort to schedule extra classes to strengthen your weaknesses and consequently, perform to achieve your potential. 

What subjects could I choose? How?

It is best to choose subjects based on the career options that you are considering. However, in IB, the subject groups are divided in such a way that even if you are science student (who probably wishes to pursue engineering or medicine later), you would still be studying a subject from the humanities field to ensure that your career options still remain open. 

How is IB useful in appearing for the entrance exams for Indian Universities?

It is best to choose subjects based on the career options that you are considering. However, in IB, the subject groups are divided in such a way that even if you are science student (who probably wishes to pursue engineering or medicine later), you would still be studying a subject from the humanities field to ensure that your career options still remain open.

Also, it would be essential to know that a lot of concepts that you would do in the first year of your college could have already been covered in IB and that would give you an edge over the other learners.

What career prospects would I have after doing IB?

IB helps you choose from a wide variety of subjects, hence keeping a range of options open – liberal arts, filmmaking, fashion designing, environmental engineering, actuarial sciences, etc. It would further depend on your interests. It could also be of great help to go through a career counselling session, contact the universities you are interested in and pick and choose subjects accordingly.

What is Theory of Knowledge?

This course aims at finding an answer to the question, how do you know what you know. In this way, it reflects on the nature of knowledge, its construction and acquisition. The key skills that the course looks at developing is that of critical thinking, that of being an inquirer and developing an attitude that appreciates various perspectives about a situation. (Ref. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/theory-of-knowledge/)

What is Extended Essay?

You could choose to do your EE in a subject that you want to have a career in or a subject that you are greatly interested in, which works as a motivation for you to write 4000 words on a topic (you would be working with your guide). This component helps you develop research skills that includes not only looking for information, but filtering it to narrow it down and understand what suits your research topic the most and developing your ideas and arguments with supporting evidences. This skill is highly useful when you do your research projects in undergraduate or postgraduate courses. (Ref. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/extended-essay/)

What is CAS?

Creativity, Activity and Service is a component where you engage in a variety of experiences that demonstrates these strands. Based on the learning outcomes for CAS, you choose experiences that fulfill them to become imaginative, active, responsible and caring. In addition, you plan, execute, review and report a project that involves teamwork hence enhancing your social skills. (Ref. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/curriculum/creativity-activity-and-service/cas-projects/)

Is there an option of not doing TOK, EE and CAS?

Certainly. Though we recommend doing it for your personal and holistic development, you could make a choice of not opting for them by taking up Diploma Programme Course rather than the Diploma Programme. (Ref. http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/become-an-ib-school/dp-general-regulations-en.pdf )

What if I want to do all the Science subjects?

That is quite possible and it is called the ‘non-regular’ diploma but it should have appropriate documentary admissions evidence that could be presented to the IB. It is essential that the combination of subjects gets authorized by the IB. (Ref. http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/become-an-ib-school/dp-general-regulations-en.pdf )

What is the Diploma Course? Is it valid in India?

Diploma Programme Course candidates choose not to take the regular DP where you may choose the subjects that you wish to study based on your university requirements. Any subject chosen would not eventually be awarded a DP. The validity of the same in India is highly dependent on the university that you apply for. (Ref. http://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/become-an-ib-school/dp-general-regulations-en.pdfhttp://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/faqs-about-the-ib-in-india.pdf )

What are the assessments like in the IB?

    1. DP assessments aim to measure the extent to which the candidate has mastered the academic skills based on higher order as well as lower order thinking skills. IB has both internal and external assessments and it follows criterion-referenced marking system. Internal assessments are conducted in various forms like oral work in languages, fieldwork in geography, laboratory work in the sciences, investigations in mathematics, artistic performances. External assessments include essays, structured problems, short-response questions, data-response questions, text-response questions, case-study questions, multiple-choice questions – though these are rarely used.

(Ref. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/ )

How does the grading system work?

Marks are awarded for every work that is assessed, both external and internal. The next step is the grade that is awarded based on the examiner’s judgment on the quality of your work against a defined standard. This takes into account the difficulty of the task as well as the number of marks given. Grades have a particular meaning and relevance, and they are intended to be comparable with grades in other subjects. Where a subject is made up of a number of components, the overall grade boundaries are worked out based on the grade boundaries set for each component. The total number of marks you were awarded across all of a subject’s components is then converted to a subject grade. Subject grades are converted into points, and the total number of points goes towards determining whether you pass the programme. (Ref. http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/4d92e48d38a4415a87e11555e143a39f/assessment-guide-for-students-and-parents-guardians-en.pdf)

In the DP, students receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being highest. Students receive a grade for each DP course attempted.

A student’s final Diploma result score is made up of the combined scores for each subject. The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance including successful completion of the three essential elements of the DP core.

The theory of knowledge (TOK) and extended essay (EE) components are awarded individual grades and, collectively, can contribute up to 3 additional points towards the overall Diploma score.

Creativity, Action, Service – the remaining element in the DP core – does not contribute to the points total but authenticated participation is a requirement for the award of the diploma.

The IB awards the same number of points for higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) courses, reflecting the IB’s belief in the importance of achievement across a broad range of academic disciplines.

HL and SL courses differ in scope but are assessed against the same grade descriptors, with HL candidates expected to demonstrate the various elements of the grade descriptors across a greater body of knowledge, understanding and skills.

(ref. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/understanding-ib-assessment/)

Where do I get past papers from?

IB doesn’t usually release its papers for public use since it has a copyright over them and hence, it is unfair to use them from pirated sites. Schools normally have to buy past papers to have access to them. However, this link could help get you sample papers. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/diploma-programme/assessment-and-exams/sample-exam-papers/

How does the IB grading system match with the Indian system?

This link by the IB will help understand better how the IB courses are recognized in India. Further information would be easier to obtain by going through the syllabus and curriculum that you could discuss with our programme coordinator. Ref. http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/india-recognition-guide-2016.pdfhttp://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/faqs-about-the-ib-in-india.pdf)

Does IB cover the syllabus required for medicine / engineering in India?

This link by the IB will help understand better how the IB courses are recognized in India. Further information would be easier to obtain by going through the syllabus and curriculum that you could discuss with our programme coordinator.

Ref. http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/d883e8b8f46446079f14679a9a6971c3/india-recognition-guide-2016.pdf