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International Baccalaureate (IB) Program: Cutoff Scores, Placement Messages, and Credit Policies for 2016-2017

"IB" is the abbreviation for the educational program organized by the International Baccalaureate Organization for students aged 3 to 19. Founded in 1968 in Geneva, Switzerland as a nonprofit educational foundation, IB has grown immensely over the past 48 years. There are now 4,335 schools around the world offering IB programmes. In the United States, 492 schools offer the Primary Years Programme, 610 schools offer the Middle Years Programme, and 891 schools offer the Diploma Programme.

The Diploma Programme is a pre-university course of studies which is designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum, covering the last two years of secondary education.  Students can choose to earn either a certificate (by studying fewer than six IB courses) or a diploma (by completing the full program). Both the IB courses and the IB examinations are given at two levels of study. Higher Level (HL) requires 240 hours of instruction, whereas Standard Level (SL) covers 150 hours.

IB test scores range from a low of 1 to a high of 7. Each test score is a combination of grades earned for course work completed in the classroom, which is evaluated by the teacher, and grades earned on final exams, which are evaluated by external examiners. Illinois accepts test scores from 15 different IB content areas for consideration of course credit.


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IB Exam

Level

Score

Course Credited

Credit hours

Placement Message

Anthropology HL 6, 7 ANTH 230 3 ANTH 270
SL 6, 7 ANTH 103 3 ANTH 230
Biology HL 6, 7 IB 150 and 151,
MCB 150 and 151
10 Consult with your advisor to determine which biology course you should enroll in, as it will depend on your major and your educational goals.
SL 6, 7 IB 104 4 Consult with your advisor to determine which biology course you should enroll in, as it will depend on your major and your educational goals.
Chemistry HL
6, 7 CHEM 102-103, 104-105 8 CHEM 222-223, or CHEM 232, or CHEM 236; consult with advisor
SL - None 0
Classics - Greek HL 6, 7 GRK 101, 102, and 201 12 GRK 202
SL 6, 7 GRK 101 and 102 8 GRK 201
Classics - Latin HL 6, 7 LAT 103, 104, and 301 11 LAT 302
SL 6, 7 LAT 103 and 104 8 LAT 301
Computer Science HL 6, 7 CS 101 3
SL 6, 7 CS 105 3
Economics HL 6, 7 ECON 102 and 103 6
SL 6, 7 ECON 102 and 103 6
English A:
Literature
HL 6, 7 RHET 105
ENGL 110
7 Fulfilled Comp I requirement
SL 6, 7 RHET 105 4 Fulfilled Comp I requirement
English A:
Language and Literature
HL 6, 7 RHET 105
ENGL 110
7 Fulfilled Comp I requirement
SL 6, 7 RHET 105 4 Fulfilled Comp I requirement
English A:
Literature and Performance
SL 6, 7 RHET 105 4 Fulfilled Comp I requirement
French A:
Language and Literature
HL 6, 7 FR 207 3 FR 205 or 208
SL 6, 7 None 0 FR 205 or 207
French A:
Literature and Performance
SL 6, 7 None 0 You may bring your course materials (syllabus, books, papers, exams, etc.) to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in French during your first semester and request a review for possible proficiency credit.
French B HL 6, 7 FR 103 and 104 8 FR 205 or 207
SL 6, 7 FR 103 4 FR 104 or 134
Frenchab initio SL 6, 7 None 0 FR 103 or 133
German A:
Literature
HL - None 0 Consult with the German Dept Program Director to plan your individualized study of higher-level courses.
SL - None 0 Consult with the German Dept Program Director to plan your individualized study of higher-level courses.
German A:
Language and Literature
HL - None 0 Consult with the German Dept Program Director to plan your individualized study of higher-level courses.
SL - None 0 Consult with the German Dept Program Director to plan your individualized study of higher-level courses.
German A:
Literature and Performance
SL - None 0 Consult with the German Dept Program Director to plan your individualized study of higher-level courses.
German B HL 6, 7 GER 103 and 104 8 GER 211
SL 6, 7 None 0 GER 104; You may register for the August 2016 or January 2017 German Proficiency Exam if you have not already earned any college-level German credit.
Germanab initio SL 6, 7 None 0 GER 103
History (any regional topic) HL 6, 7 History 142 and 172 6
SL - None 0
Mathematics HL 6, 7 Math 220
STAT 100
5
3
Math 231; consult with advisor about enrolling in STAT 200
SL 6 Math 115 3 Math 220 if ALEKS PPL score qualifies you for Math 220
SL 7 Math 115
STAT 100
3
3
Math 220 if ALEKS PPL score qualifies you for Math 220
Further Math HL 6 Math 213
Math 225
Math 231
STAT 100
3
2
3
3
Math 241; consult with advisor about enrolling in STAT 200
HL 7 Math 213
Math 225
Math 231
STAT 100
STAT 200
3
2
3
3
3
Math 241; consult with advisor about enrolling in a statistics course
Philosophy HL 6, 7 PHIL 101 3 PHIL 203 or PHIL 206 or a logic course; consult with advisor
SL - None 0
Psychology HL 6, 7 PSYC 100 4
SL 6, 7 PSYC 100 4
Spanish A:
Literature
HL 6, 7 SPAN 200 3 SPAN 204; consult with advisor
SL - None 0
Spanish A:
Language and Literature
HL 6, 7 SPAN 200 3 SPAN 204; consult with advisor
SL - None 0
Spanish B HL 6, 7 SPAN 130 (formerly known as SPAN 103) and SPAN 141 8 SPAN 200 and 204
SL 6, 7 SPAN 130 (formerly known as SPAN 103) 4 SPAN 141 or 142
Spanishab initio SL 6, 7 None 0 SPAN 130 (formerly known as SPAN 103)