IB Results Day
Every IB student has July 5th circled in red in all of their calendars. Understandably so. Results day is an important day and one that can bring much anxiety and mixed emotions. I still very clearly remember the day my IB results came out and looking back on it a year later, I think I could have benefited from some advice as to how best to prepare for and react to this important day. So here is mine. 1. Don’t try to guess your grade Although very tempting, try not to calculate your grade based on how you think your exams went. Final IB grades are a complex web of changing grade boundaries, IA moderations that are out of your control, over or underestimated performances and unpredictable examiners. So, rather than wasting your energy before July 5th trying to guess what your grade might be, save it for the day you actually receive it and might need to take action to change it. 2. Remarks It might be called final results day but much can be done to change that grade after it. The advice on submitting work for remarks may vary from school to school but I would certainly recommend them. It is true that you run the risk of your grade being lowered or of it not changing at all but there is also the chance that it might increase. Deciding whether or not to submit your work for a remark should be made conscientiously and by closely examining where you are within the grade boundary. But, if the risk of your grade going down isn’t too big (as in you aren’t only 1 or 2 points from the lower boundary) then, I would submit it. And this goes for all subjects – not just essay based exams where the examiner’s personal bias might play a role but also the heavy criteria based subjects like biology as they are influenced too. 3. Take action! If your final grade is lower than your university offer – don’t settle for your insurance choice. Instead – CALL. This might be scary and intimidating but is absolutely crucial. You don’t know what the university’s acceptance policy really is and you won’t know unless you call. You never know – they might still accept you, even with a grade that is below your offer or they may offer you a place on a similar course but again, you have to call, ask and make your case. 4. This grade doesn’t define you In all honesty, I struggled with accepting my final grade. I scored 38 points in total, which allowed me to go to Warwick, which I am of course grateful for, but having been predicted at 43 points, I must admit that I was a little disappointed. As I said earlier, much of the grading process is out of your control, no matter how much you study or how well you perform on your exams. Even so, I realised that what is important is not the numbers on the piece of paper, but knowing that you gave it your all, that you completed a very challenging high school programme, learned valuable skills and are properly prepared to start a university degree. Good luck to everyone receiving their results tomorrow! No matter what they are, remember these two things – take any necessary action as soon as possible and even more importantly, don’t let this grade define, whether good or bad.