IB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Special Note: Update to the 2020-21 School Year: In recognition of the loss of class time across the globe as a result of response to Covid-19, IB has made some modification in their exam preparation requirements. For most subject areas, the May 2021 exams will be structured in a way that will require fewer topics to be covered in preparation for student assessment. The rigor of the program and the quality level to be assessed will remain the same, just slightly narrower in scope. This is consistent with IB philosophy that emphasized depth of understanding over breadth of knowledge.
l. If I am in an IB class, must I take the exam?
No. This is optional in Eugene IHS.
2. How much do they cost?
Check the fees page listed in the IB Handbook. IB exams are more expensive than AP for single tests, but the IB diploma cost is close to a “package” of AP tests. Fees are $119 per exam (no state support this year).
3. Is there financial aid available?
If you are not able to pay the fee in full by the due date we may be able to work out a payment plan. When families qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, we have been able to offer a reduced scholarship fee. Please talk to the Eugene IHS secretary on your campus about these fees.
4. If I change my mind about testing, will I get a refund?
No. Once fees have been sent to IBO they are non-refundable and non-transferable.
5. When are exams given?
Junior and senior years in May.
6. When is registration?
Students will be registering through a Google Form which will be provided to all students or parents at request. Due date is October 22.
7. If I don’t earn the diploma, but score high enough on one or more higher level exams, what happens?
You will be considered as a course candidate, and chance for possible college credit still exists.
8. When am I notified about results–and how?
You will receive a personal code and pin number in May which will allow you to view your results online in early July.
9. How are colleges and universities notified?
You fill out a form in May of senior year, and IB sends results. IB will send results to one college for free and you have to pay for others. You can go to the IBO website to request transcripts of results to be sent to additional colleges. If you don’t like the results, you can have them removed from your college record.
For more information on the International Baccalaureate Program you can go to the official website of the International Baccalaureate Organization at: www.ibo.org.