Almost 150,000 IB graduates celebrate 2016 exam results

Almost 150,000 IB students around the world are receiving their results from the May 2016 examination session, which are released today for students of both the Diploma and Career-related Programmes.

They join a community of more than 1,493,820 IB graduates in 136 countries across the world. The number of students receiving their diplomas this year marks a 5.38 percent increase compared to last year’s exam session.

The May 2016 session showcases an average diploma score of 30.07 points (of 45 possible maximum), with 146 students achieving a perfect score. It also highlights the consistency of the global DP pass rate, which continues to remain stable as the community of IB students continues to grow.

“I’d like to congratulate all the students who are receiving their results, a fitting return for all the hard work and commitment they’ve shown in completing their learning,” says Dr Siva Kumari, IB Director General. “Students from more than 200 new schools joined an ever-growing body of IB alumni across the world, a group well-equipped to contribute productively and thoughtfully in any part of the world.

“Independent research confirms that the IB improves students’ academic achievement, as well as their probability of high school graduation and college enrolment, and it is clear that our students are better prepared to succeed in post-secondary settings.

“And, perhaps more importantly, they’re better prepared to contribute in helping to make the world a better place.

“Along with our schools, we at the IB are proud of the outstanding calibre of our graduates. Beyond that, the IB is a community which holds together beyond each of our individual schools, and many of this session’s graduates will continue to interact with our community, as, together, we face the challenges of the coming years.

“I’d like to wish all of them good luck and best wishes.”

This was the largest exam session conducted at the IB since the introduction of the DP, with papers processed in 76 languages. A large number of examiners teamed up across the world in this year’s session, to establish accurate grading criteria across all subjects and ensure consistency across the evaluation process.

IB Chief Assessment Officer, Paula Wilcock, stated:

“Congratulations to all IB students on receiving their results. This is a culmination of all their learning and hard work, and is a defining moment in their lives. It is also a testament to the dedication and professionalism of over 11,000 IB examiners, from 136 countries around the world.”