Baffled by resits? Overwhelmed by retake options? Confused all-round by IBO vocab?
Please see some of the resit questions we are most frequently asked below, answered in simple, easy to comprehend language.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) How many subjects can I retake?
A: You can retake all of your subjects. If you wish to improve your Extended Essay mark, you may submit either a revised or new EE. A new EE can be registered in the same or in a different diploma subject. However, if you are submitting a new or revised extended essay in the session six months after your EE was submitted (November, for May graduates), it must be registered in the same diploma subject.
2) Should I retake in November or May?
A: This depends on what your plans are for university and how quickly you think you can reach the level you want. For example, if you are going to university in Australia, South Africa or most countries in the Southern hemisphere, it would be best to do your retakes in November as the university academic year starts in February for these countries. This way you will not have to take a year and a half out before university, but rather just 6 months or so. Also, please note that the UCAS application deadline is January 15th, and resit results are released on January 6th. Therefore, you will be able to apply to university with your concrete resat results, further boosting your chances! If the academic year for your universities of choice is in September, then it all depends on your academic level, and if you feel that you will be able to make enough progress before November to achieve the required grades. If you are not confident that the time between May and November will be enough, you should consider doing your resits in May of the following year.
3) When can I resit?
A: Candidates can resit a subject up to three times, in three different exam seasons. If you took your exams in May originally, this gives you November of the same year, and May & November of the following year to sit the exams.
4) When do I register for resits?
A: For November retakes, candidates must be registered by 29th July if they want to pay the lower registration fees. All candidates that register after 29th July will have to pay higher registration fee, including a late subject fee for each subject or core element registered. The IB will not accept any retake candidate registration after the final deadline of the 15th October. Please note that the deadlines for May resits differ from the November resit deadlines. If you are resitting in May, you need to register by 29th January in order to attract lower registration fees. The equivalent IB final deadlines for May resit sessions is 15th April. However, your school’s final internal deadline for registration will vary, and may be much earlier. So, as always, it is best not to leave it to the last minute!
5) How do I register for resits?
A: Candidates must be registered through an IB World School– this is vital! The school you have previously sat your exams with is the most obvious choice, but if you have moved or found yourself otherwise unable to retake through your school, it is your responsibility to find a school who will let you resit through them. Elite IB can provide all the tuition for your resit, but we cannot submit your exams. You should make speaking with your school’s IB coordinator a matter of top priority if you decide to resit.
6) Do I retake just my exams, or do I have options to retake my IAs too?
A: You do not have to retake all assessed aspects of your retake subject; you may just sit the exams and not change your IAs. Alternatively, your school must offer you the option of revising or redoing your IAs. Your teacher will be responsible for marking the new IAs, and must be able to confirm that it is all your own work, and that it is significantly different to any previously submitted work.
7) How do retakes affect my UCAS applications?
A: Most universities do not officially state that they do not accept resit candidates. However, in the cases of many top UK universities, the resit marks must be significantly above the points required for an offer. This shows that not only have you exceeded their asking requirements, but that you are aware of how best to use your time.
8) Where can I take my resit exams?
A: You can find a list of all IB World Schools and the exam session in which they participate on the IB website. Please note that not all schools offer retake sessions, and that schools are not obliged to take on resit candidates. Please note that you will need your current Diploma Programme coordinator’s assistance.
9) Can I get my resit exams re-marked?
A: Your examiners will not know that you are a resit candidate, and so the re-marking process is the same for you as for any other student taking their exams that session. Do be aware that the deadline for re-marking exam papers is very soon after the release of results though! Also remember that your IB Coordinator must request the re-mark for you, and as you will have left your school, they may ask for you to pay the fee up-front.
10) How much help will I get for my retakes?
A: Your school can offer you a wide range of support, from merely helping with admin and marking, to offering a full scheme of study. Whatever your circumstance, EIB are here to help. We have a wonderful team of experienced tutors who can provide guidance and support every step of the way.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at Elite IB.
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