The IB Program consists of six areas of study. These subjects are represented by the hexagon shown below. A candidate must select one subject from groups 1-5. The sixth subject can be selected from group 6 or a candidate may select an additional subject from groups 1-5.
The IB Program Components
Each student must successfully complete six examinations, one from each of the following areas. Please note that not every exam is offered at all schools. Refer to the course sequence links at the top of this page for specific exams by school. The information below gives the general exam areas and sample exams.
- Language A: English SL or HL
- Language B: French SL/HL, Latin SL/HL, German SL/HL, or Spanish SL/HL
- Chemistry SL/HL, or Physics SL/HL , Biology SL
- History of the Americas: History SL or HL
- Mathematics: Math Studies SL, Mathematics SL or Math: Series & Differential Equations HL
- Sixth Subject: (elective) Music SL/HL, Visual Art SL/HL, Theatre SL/HL, Computer Science SL/HL, second experimental Science, second world language, Psychology SL / HL, Dance SL/HL.
As a full diploma candidate, students must choose 3-4 high level (HL) tests and 2-3 standard level (SL) tests. In their junior year, students may take up to two SL examinations.
The Theory of Knowledge course
The Theory of Knowledge course (T.O.K.) is the cornerstone of the IB program. T.O.K. is a seminar course organized around concepts of knowledge taught in the six IB core subjects. Oral discussion, defense of ideas, and critical thinking are key components of the course. The T.O.K. course explores questions of philosophy and the origins of knowledge. T.O.K. is offered during seminar at all three high schools. Many students see this class as one of the "perks" of the program.
How is the IB score figured?
Students receive a score between one and seven as a designation of their achievement in a course. This score is comprised of in-class work (internal assessments) and the end of course tests in May of the year that the course is completed. Internal assessments are conducted by the classroom teacher and constitute generally between one-quarter and one-third of the total score.