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IB Exams

Park View operates with a two-tier evaluation system within the IB program. Students receive their regular school marks as well as their IB scores. IB students are externally graded on a scale of one (1) to seven (7).  The International Baccalaureate Organization's maintenance of its high standards is in great measure attributable to its system of external examinations. The examinations office in Cardiff, Wales, at the direction of headquarters in Geneva, oversees the development, administration, and grading of all IB examinations. Most students write in May, except for those in the Southern Hemisphere, who write in November.  Thus, Park View students write in May at the completion of their respective courses. Those students who begin the program in September of 2005 for example, usually write their final exams in May of 2008.  Since the primary objective of the IB is "learning how to learn," with special focus on the development of cognitive skills and effective capacities, assessment procedures are designed to emphasize process rather than content and to achieve a balanced assessment of a student's performance.
The form of assessment is defined with reference to the specific performance criteria for each subject and may consist of some or all of the following: essay and short answer questions, document and data-based questions,multiple choice objective tests, and oral exams. The latter, which is a required part of all language exams, involves individual interviews. Written exams, which consist of from one to three separate papers, range from two and a half to four and a half hours in total length.
IB students around the world take identical exams on the same day in various subjects. The papers are dispatched immediately to examiners around the world. For example, in recent years Park View scripts have been sent to countries as diverse as Belgium and Brazil, Lesotho and Luxembourg. Exam results are collected in Cardiff and sent to students and universities in July. Since IB exam results are not available until many months after university admission and scholarship decisions are made, those universities that utilize IB results for either acceptance and/or scholarship purposes rely on "predicted" grades from the IB teachers and internal school marks as a basis for their decisions

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