IB Diploma Programme and IB Career-Related Programme


IB Diploma Programme and IB Career-related Programme

May 2018 examination schedule

Morning examinations must start after 0700 hours and finish by 1300 hours local time.
Afternoon examinations must start after 1200 hours and finish by 1800 hours local time.
An examination cannot be rescheduled without authorization from the IB Assessment Centre.

Thursday 26 April
Morning session Afternoon session
--- No exams --- SBS
School-based syllabus SL paper 1
Friday 27 April
Morning session Afternoon session
SBS
School-based syllabus SL paper 2
Group 3
Business management HL paper 1 ---- 2h 15m
Business management SL paper 1 ---- 1h 15m
World religions SL paper 1 ---- 1h 15m

WEEK 1

Monday 30 April
Morning session Afternoon session
Group 3
Business management HL paper 2 ---- 2h 15m
Business management SL paper 2 ---- 1h 45m
World religions SL paper 2 ---- 1h 30m
Group 1 & 2
Excluding English, French & Spanish: Language A Literature HL paper 1 ---- 2h
Language A Literature SL paper 1 ---- 1h 30m
Language A Language & Literature HL paper 1 ---- 2h
Language A Language & Literature SL paper 1 ---- 1h 30m
Tuesday 1 May
Morning session Afternoon session
Group 1 & 2
Excluding English, French & Spanish:
Language A Literature HL paper 2 ---- 2h
Language A Literature SL paper 2 ---- 1h 30m
Language A Language & Literature HL paper 2 ---- 2h
Language A Language & Literature SL paper 2 ---- 1h 30m
Group 3
Economics HL paper 1 ---- 1h 30m
Economics SL paper 1 ---- 1h 30m
Wednesday 2 May
Morning session Afternoon session
Group 3
Economics HL paper 2 ---- 1h 30m
Economics HL paper 3 ---- 1h
Economics SL paper 2 ---- 1h 30m
Group 5
Mathematical studies SL paper 1 ---- 1h 30m
Mathematics HL paper 1 ---- 2h Mathematics SL paper 1 ---- 1h 30m

Principles used in creating the IB Examination Schedule

  1. It is not possible to take into account public, national or school holidays, or religious festivals because of the number of countries in which the IB Diploma Programme is offered.
  2. Registration data has been used to ensure that the minimum number of candidates globally are impacted by subject timetable clashes.
  3. Group 1 and Group 2 language subjects are not scheduled on the same day so a candidate does not have to be examined in two different language subjects on the same day.
  4. Arabic examinations in either group 1 or group 2 will not be scheduled on a Friday out of respect for candidates of the Islamic faith.
  5. Almost all subjects are scheduled in an afternoon and morning pattern on consecutive days. This is to minimise the impact of absence on any given day, whilst maintaining continuity for candidates.
  6. Subjects with the highest candidature are not scheduled consecutively and are spread as evenly as possible over 3 weeks to try and distribute the workload for candidates. Language examinations and science examinations are scheduled on each of the 3 weeks for the same reason.
  7. Except for English, Spanish and French, Language A examinations are scheduled separately from Language B.
  8. The examination period remains three weeks long. This is to maintain an acceptable balance between the number of conflicts in the schedule, the school overheads in running an examination schedule, the time available to teach, and the IBís responsibility to get the marking done on time to the required quality.

Rescheduling Policy

  • Rescheduling of an exam for a candidate requires approval from IB.
  • The criteria and the process for applying for a reschedule can be found in the 2017 Handbook of Procedures for the Diploma Programme until mid-August 2017. From mid-August 2017 this information will be published in the 2018 Diploma Programme Assessment procedures (formerly Handbook of procedures).

2019 Examination Schedule

  • The exam schedule in 2019 will start on Thursday 2 May 2019, and end on Friday 24 May 2019.
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