Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Here you can find the most frequently asked questions.
Is it difficult to cope with English every day?
To most Swedish students it is a change to enter an English-speaking programme but after only a few weeks you feel comfortable with the English language.
Do IB Diploma students really speak English outside the classroom?
Yes, to a certain extent. Many of those attending the IB Diploma programme do not have Swedish as their mother tongue and find it easier to communicate in English.
Are the entrance tests in Mathematics and English difficult?
No. The tests are based on basic knowledge from grade 9.
How does the grading system work?
The grading scale is between 1 and 7 which means that one can receive 42 points (6 subjects x 7 points) from the subjects. The grades from the Extended Essay and the TOK can be combined to give 0-3 bonus points. The maximum grade is thus 45 points.
Is the IB Diploma Programme
a lot tougher than the national programmes?
As with all programs: if you want to get the highest grades - you will have to work for it.
I am really scared of the exams, what if I screw up?
The risk is really small. In IBDP1 all students go through a hectic period called "mini-mocks" in order to give the students a preview of a test period. During the "mini-mocks" the students have tests in all of their subjects during a two week period.
In IBDP2 all students do the mock exam - a week consisting only of exams which are organized to prepare the students for the real exam. The mock exams are held in the assembly hall.
Besides you have already done 20-25% of your exam during the terms in the form of Internal Assessments.
If you turn out to be dissatisfied with your grades, you are allowed to do retakes twice.
Why do I have to do CAS?
The IBDP is not only a period in which you will learn new things academically, but you will develop as a person. Therefore, more than academic activites are required.
Will the IB Diploma Programme
benefit me if I want to study abroad?
Yes, it will definitely benefit you. As the IB Diploma is an internationally recognized education, many universities regard IB Diploma highly and are keen to accept IB Diploma students. You will not only have your higher secondary education in English but also study in a system similar to the ones in the US and UK.