International Baccalaureate Program

IB Exams 2023

May 2023 IB Exam Registration

IB Exams are the summative exams that allow students to demonstrate what they’ve achieved throughout the course.

  • Juniors in 1-year Standard Level Courses
    • Juniors can take up to 2 standard level exams
  • Seniors in any IB Course
    • Seniors can take any higher level or standard level exams
  • Required for IB Diploma and IB Career-related Program students
    • IB Diploma Program students must take 3 higher level and 3 standard level exams (unless they already took a standard level exam as a junior)
    • IB Career-related Program students must take at least two exams at any level
  • IB Exams are the summative exams that allow students to demonstrate what they’ve achieved throughout the course.
  • IB Exams for all courses are made up of two components:
    • Internal Assessment (IA) – this is an assessment completed within each course. It is assessed by the teacher. A sample is sent to the IB for moderation. The teacher determines at which point during the course the IA will take place.
    • External Assessment – these are the exams that take place in May. These assessments are sent to the IB for grading.
  • The scores from all components are combined to give a final score on a 1-7 scale. A 4 is considered passing.
  • Internal Exams can take place at any point in the school year.
  • External Exams will take place between April 28 and May 19, 2023
    • See the attached calendar for the full exam schedule.
    • IB Exam dates cannot be rescheduled for any reason including local or national sporting events or competitions, school events of any kind, graduation ceremonies, local or national holidays, and family events. The only exceptions to this rule are for emergency situations or IB exams that conflict with each other. This policy is from the International Baccalaureate Organization.
    • AM exams will start at 8:30AM – In a change from the past, IB has set exam start times in order to increase exam security. Ms. Hays is waiting to here from the IB if we have any flexibility in starting later, but please be prepared to arrive early to school for all morning exams.
    • PM exams will start at Noon, 12:00PM.
  • All exams take place at Chief Sealth International High School.
  • Validate and affirm how much you’ve learned in your IB Courses
  • Opportunity to earn college credit!
    • All Washington State colleges and universities must award credit for any IB exam, taken at any level, with a passing score of 4 or above.
    • Many colleges and universities award additional credit for students who earn the IB Diploma
    • Thousands of colleges and universities in the United States and around the world recognize IB and will award college credit.
      • Visit the websites of the colleges and universities in which you’re interested and type “IB Credit” in their search bar OR see Ms. Hays and she can help you.
    • Earning college credit now will help you make faster progress toward your college and career goals!
  • Each exam costs $119.
  • For an IB Diploma student who takes all 6 exams, the cost is $714
    • If you pass one exam, that’s 5 credits given to you at University of Washington
    • The normal cost of 5 credits at University of Washington is $1190.
  • For Low-Income students, WA state has a grant to pay for your exams. To qualify, you must meet one of the following conditions:
    • Currently qualify for free-or-reduced lunch
    • Student’s family receives assistance under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act.
    • Student is eligible to receive medical assistance under the Medicaid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.
    • Family Declaration of Income – (see chart below for income levels) – student’s family taxable income (before tax deductions) does not exceed the 2021-22 income level listed below in relation to the size of the family unit.
    • If you meet any of the below conditions, Ms. Hays will send home a declaration form to be signed by the student’s parent or guardian.
    • If you do not meet one of these conditions, but the cost of exams is prohibitive, please see Ms. Hays for an IB Exam Fee Reduction application.
Size of Family UnitFamily Taxable IncomeSize of Family UnitFamily Taxable Income
*For family units with more than 8 members, add $8,732 for each additional family member.

  • Late fees and Withdrawals
    • Any changes made to your exam registration between November 15th and January 15th incur a $38 late fee per subject change and/or addition
    • If you withdraw from an individual exam or all your exams after January 15th, you will not receive a refund and will still be responsible for the full cost of the exams.
    • All fees are set by the International Baccalaureate Organization.  

  • Show this information to your parent/guardian
  • Fill out this form by November 4th   
    • You must login to your school account to register.
    • If you’re not sure which exams you should register for, check with your teachers and/or Ms. Hays.  
  • Review the registration and invoice Ms. Hays will give you after you’ve registered. You and your parent/guardian sign the invoice and return to Ms. Hays.
  • Pay for your exams on Schoolpay. You can pay all at once or in three installments.
    • First Payment Due: November 18th, 2022
    • Second Payment Due: February 10th, 2023
    • Final Payment Due: April 21st, 2023

IB Exam Schedule

Business ManagementExamApril 28 AM
May 1 AM
Language and LiteratureExamMay 3 PM
May 4 PM
MathExamMay 8 PM
May 9 PM
Japanese and MandarinExamMay 9 AM
May 10 AM
HistoryExamMay 10 PM
May 11 AM
ChemistryExamMay 11 PM
May 12 PM
Design TechnologyExamMay 11 PM
SpanishExamMay 16 AM
May 17 AM
BiologyExamMay 17 PM
May 18 AM
PsychologyExamMay 18 PM
May 19 AM