IB Diploma results for 2021 released!

After a senior programme severely impacted by COVID-19, over 3,000 Australasian IB Diploma students have finally received their results. IB Schools Australasia congratulates students and their schools!
January 03, 2022

UPDATE: Looking for the 2022 results (released January 2023)? Head to our article on the 2022 results.

Australasian IB Diploma students received their results in the morning of January 3, 2022. These results allow students to apply to Australasian universities in the January round offers.  Many students had already received unconditional university offers on the basis of sitting for the IB Diploma. Results are released to schools and students individually and the IB does not produce 'league tables' of schools. It also does not release the names of students or schools that have perfect scores or other data that would allow comparison between schools and students. Individual schools release information when available. Across the world 16,860 students worldwide sat for November session examinations. 170,660 students sat for examinations in the May session for a combined 2021 cohort of 184,520 Diploma Programme students.

In Australia, 2,644 students sat for IB Diploma examinations in the November 2021 examination session.  Australian students' average result was 37 out of a possible 45 with a pass rate of 98%.   877 Australian students achieved above 40.  There were 730 candidates in Queensland,  670 in Victoria, 584 in NSW and 395 in South Australia.  Smaller numbers of candidates also sat for the Diploma in the ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania.

In New Zealand, 357 students sat for the Diploma in the November 2021 examination session.  New Zealand students' average result was 36 out of a possible 45 with a pass rate of 97%.   110 New Zealand students achieved above 40.

The global average was 32 with a pass rate of 87%.

Further details will be posted when these are released by the IB Organisation.

The IB Diploma Programme overview

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an academically challenging pre-university matriculation course offered to over 200,000 students in more than 5000 schools in 153 countries worldwide. The IB celebrated its fiftieth year in 2018 and continues to grow rapidly, with Australian Diploma student numbers increasing each year. Students who receive a Diploma apply to Universities in Australia and overseas as it is Internationally recognised as an outstanding preparation for tertiary study.

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (IB Mission statement: Source: International Baccalaureate www.ibo.org )

Students who study the programme must complete:

  • A first language (Group 1)
  • A language of acquisition (or another first language if they are truly bi-lingual) (Group 2)
  • A humanities subject (Group 3)
  • A science subject (Group 4)
  • A mathematics subject (Group 5)
  • An arts subject (Group 6) or second from groups 2-5
  • A 4000-word research essay in an area of their choice
  • Theory of knowledge: An epistemology course, linking the subjects and developing a questioning of the validity of knowledge. This course is unique to the IB Diploma and develops critical thinking skills.
  • CAS: a creativity, physical activity and community service programme similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Academic subject results are awarded on a seven-point scale (1 is the lowest, 7 the highest) so that students can achieve 42 points maximum from such subjects. Up to three bonus points may awarded from performance in the extended essay and theory of knowledge. The maximum total is 45 equalling an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 99.95 (i.e. the top of Australia). IB Diploma scores have direct conversions to University entrance scores in Australia.