How do I apply for an IB remark?
The following article was written in advance of the May 2020 exam session, but most information still holds true. All remarks must be submitted through the school, and are called “Enquiry upon result”, or EUR for short. As with previous years and exam sessions, EURs are available again this year, more information can be accessed through the IB’s articles here and here. We are speaking to schools and keeping a close eye on May 2020 results, and will continue to update this blog as information comes through. We encourage families to speak to their IB coordinators and ask for information on year-on-year comparisons with previous school performance, where appropriate. Much has been written, and speculated about, as regards the awarded grades for the M20 exam sessions. The IBO is regularly releasing new information around how their grading algorithm worked, and it is important to keep speaking to your school as your DP coordinator will be furnished with information more quickly than it becomes available on the IB website. As you will no doubt have already read, the awarded grades were a combination of the IA scores (50-80% of the mark), school predicted grades and historical data around your school’s predicted and awarded marks, “school context”.
Update 14/07/2020: The IB today released information to schools that have three key ramifications. Firstly, the time to register for November retakes has been extended to August 31st, giving families more time to consider the awarded grades. Secondly, the EUR process has been modified such that if you choose to have an EUR, your grades will not go down, making this a risk-free option for students. Finally, IB schools have now been given the option to extend the EUR process to not only individual student’s subjects, but indeed to entire classes (for example, an entire Biology SL class), or if the results are truly surprising, to entire school cohorts. Remember that the IA’s were all graded by official IB examiners, and will have played a significant part in determining the awarded marks, so this EUR process will likely examine the school’s predicted scores and school context, more than a likely huge swing in the awarded IA marks. Unfortunately, if your school historically overpredicted, or inflated predicted scores this year to counter the imbalance M20 exam takers experienced, an EUR is unlikely to result in a higher score, though it is certainly worth speaking with your IBDP coordinator as soon as possible.
Update 10/07/2020: The official May 2020 statistical bulletin is now available here. As per IB communications to date, the global grades awarded are on par with previous years. May 2020 results, globally, have been roughly on par in terms of average scores and overall pass rates, though some schools appear to have had much larger fluctuations in grades than others.
Update 18/05/2021: Some links in the article have been updated to their most recent versions. The IBO has announced the dual-exam route for 2021 examination sessions. As internal assessments in both routes will all be marked externally, remark requests for IAs will fall under Category 1 (re-mark) instead of Category 3 (re-moderation). Remark requests will remain the same for examinations sat under the exam route. For the non-exam route, final grades will be awarded based on IA results, together with predicted grades from your school. See this site for more information on the dual-exam routes for 2021.
If you are more interested in retakes, rather than remarks, scroll to the bottom of the page for more.
How can I get re-marked?
Students can ask their IB coordinators to request re-marks of their results. These are called enquiries upon result.
What can I ask to be re-marked?
- Category 1 re-mark: re-mark of externally assessed material
- Category 1 report: report on a category 1 re-mark
- Category 2A: return of externally assessed material by component for all candidates
- Category 2B: return of externally assessed material by subject/level for an individual candidate
- Category 3 re-moderation: re-moderation of marks for internal assessment by subject/level
How can my grades potentially change?
- Category 1 re-mark: the grade may be lowered or raised
- Category 1 report: grade will not be changed
- Category 2A and 2B: grade will not be changed
- Category 3 re-moderation: marks and grades may be raised but not lowered
When is the deadline to apply?
Coordinators can request re-marks within two months after results have been issued. For May exams, the official deadline is 15 September and for November exams 15 March. Category 1 report must be requested within one month of having received the result of category 1 re-mark.
Can I request for re-marks or re-moderations more than once?
Re-marks and re-moderations cannot be requested more than once for the same subject.
How do I receive my re-marked score?
The IB coordinator will receive the re-marked scores.
How long does the re-mark or re-moderation take?
- Category 1 re-mark: 18 days
- Category 1 report: 30 days
- Category 2A and 2B: 18 days
- Category 2A and 2B: 10 days
- Category 3 re-moderation: 40 days
How much does it cost?
The cost varies between schools, so it is best to consult with your school’s IB coordinator.
Will I possibly get refunded?
There is no cost involved when a grade is changed after the category 1 re-mark. There are no refunds for category 3 re-moderation.
Can I request both re-marks and re-moderations?
Yes, the categories may be requested in any order.
Can I request a re-mark for specific components?
A re-mark cannot be requested for individual components.
What can I not get re-marked?
Multiple choice components of a group 4 subject examination or components for which a mark has been carried over from a previous session cannot be re-marked.
Will I have a different examiner for re-marks?
In small entry subjects and in subjects with few candidates where there is only one examiner, the re-mark is undertaken by the same examiner.
Please note that grades are almost as likely to go down as they are to go up – be sure to check how close you are to certain grade boundaries before submitting for an EUR.
When can I apply for re-moderation?
A re-moderation can only be undertaken when the mean of the candidates’ moderated internal assessment marks differs from the mean of the marks awarded by the teacher by at least 15% of the maximum mark for the component. Re-moderation is not available for language A: literature SL school supported self-taught candidates.
Will I have a different examiner for re-moderation?
A re-moderation will normally be undertaken by a different moderator except in small entry subjects.
If you would like to learn more about retake options, please read our dedicated blog here.