what gets you a 7Watch
1) Quotas. 3% of students in every subject receive a 7. A fixed percentage receive a 6, and so on. Basically, this means that students are marked on a curve. (ex: if the mean percentage on an IB exam is 37%, then it is possible that someone with a 50% could wind up with a 7. If the mean percentage on a certain exam is 95%, then somebody with a 70% could get a 1.)
2) That descriptor crap. Everybody is marked against those central criterion nonsense. As in, it is theoretically possible for everyone in the world to get a 7; or a 1. This means that students are not being marked against their peers, so, if there is a really tough exam that 90% of the world bomb, then 90% of the world will get a horrible IB grade.
Please tell me which one, if any, is accurate.
so, the mean grade will affect the individual's mark.
however, if enough schools complain about a certain exam or paper, and only a few people get really haigh marks, and the range is huge, the grade boundaries that would have been decided will be brought down.
this is what i have been told, which is why i get so annoyed about bilingual students being entered for B1 languages rather than A2.
and while everyone's whining about syllabuses/i/whatever not being covered for a particular subject....only one of my 6 was covered in full. and that was a language, where the syllabus is pretty much interpreted to mean as little or as much work as the teacher can be bothered with.