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Both the UK and global average pass rates are lower than last year's but, after the discussion around the grade inflation of the Covid-19 years, this was to be expected.
This years's grade awarding system returns to the IBO's pre-pandemic one. After the IB introduced “appropriate grade boundaries” in 2021 and 2022 due to the disruption caused by Covid-19, it decided that "the distribution of grades awarded for our qualifications returned close to those of May 2019."
Both 2020 and 2021 saw a rise in pass rates, average scores, diploma scores and the number of students achieving the top score. Last year's results, which were only marginally lower than 2020-21, marked a milestone in terms of 'a return to normality'.
To ensure that last year’s grades were fair and continued to take into account the disruption caused by Covid-19, the IBO said that “appropriate grade boundaries will be set for each route, building in generosity that reflects the disruption experienced in teaching and learning around the world”.
Commenting on the grading for this year's exams, the IBO states:
"In line with other national and international awarding organisations, the profile of grade distribution returned close to pre-pandemic standards. This return to established distributions of awarded grades is aligned with university expectations and has been a phased process: results for the May 2022 and November 2022 examination sessions were closer to the results of 2019 than those of 2021".
The global average IBDP score for the May 2023 session is 30.24 points.
This compares with an average of 31.98 in 2022 when students returned to exams following the Covid 19 pandemic, against 32.98 in 2021, when students received Teacher Assessed Grades.
The global average in the last full set of examinations taken by students in 2019 was 29.62, which was actually a lower average than those of 2018 of 29.76. While the 2023 global average is lower than last year, it, still remains 0.60 points above the 2019 average of 29.62.
The discussion about results should not detract from the incredible efforts of students to learn and teachers to teach. Students have worked hard during an extremely difficult time in their secondary education – and today is a day to celebrate their achievements.
The two-year IBDP programme is currently offered at 36 local and international schools in Hong Kong, including eight that are full IB schools. Hong Kong’s largest provider of English-medium international education, the English Schools Foundation (ESF), offers the IBDP at its five secondary schools and two all-through schools. The IBCP is also now offered at six ESF schools.
The table below includes the average score for 2023, as well as the size of the cohort, the pass rate, the highest score achieved out of 45, the percentage of students achieving 40-plus and 35-plus points, and the average grade. We have also included the average scores for 2019-22.
Average score 2023
|American School Hong Kong|
|Australian International School (Nov cohort)||np|
|Canadian International School of Hong Kong||36.6||100||100%||45||26%|
|Carmel School (Elsa High School)||37||33%||66%|
|Chinese International School|
|Christian Alliance International School|
|Creative Secondary School||35.6||100%||22%|
|Delia Memorial School||np|
|Diocesan Boys' School||41||62||100%||45||82%||100%|
|ELCHK Lutheran Academy||np|
|ESF Discovery College|
|ESF Island School|
|ESF King George V||36.4||183||99%||45||31%||67%||5.7|
|ESF Renaissance College||37||125||98%||45||30%||67%||6|
|ESF Sha Tin College||37||96.2%||45||39.1%|
|ESF South Island||36.1||130||98%||35%||64%||5.6|
|ESF West Island||36||100%||44||27%||63%||5.6|
|French International School||34.1||95%||50%||71%|
|German Swiss International School||40||100%||45||66%|
|GT (Ellen Yeung) College||np|
|Hong Kong Academy||np|
|HKCCCU Logos Academy||37.6||42||38.1%|
|International College Hong Kong|
|Kiangsu & Chekiang School and College (Braemar Hill)|
|Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (UWC)||np||118||100%||44||25%|
|Malvern College Hong Kong||39.4||15||100%||44||50%||6.14|
|Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School||38.9|
|Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College||np||100%||42||23.5%||70.6%|
|Singapore International School (Secondary)||38||52||100%||45||42.3%|
|Stamford American School, Hong Kong||32.5||100%|
|St Paul's Co-Educational College||41.2||41||100%||45||77%|
|St Stephen's College|
|The ISF Academy||38||68||100%||45||42%|
|Victoria Shanghai Academy||37.4||100%||32%|
|Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong|
np = Not published
Average score 2023
Average score 2022
Average score 2021
Average score 2020
Average score 2019 (pre Covid-19)
|Hong Kong average||36.4||38.36||38.93||36.31||35.99|
|American School Hong Kong||np||np||1st results 2021||1st results 2021|
|Australian International School (Nov cohort)||np||np||np||np|
|Canadian International School of Hong Kong||36.6||39||39.4||37.8||36.2|
|Carmel School (Elsa High School)||37||38.73||np||np|
|Chinese International School||np||np||np||np||np|
|Christian Alliance International School||np||np||np||np||np|
|Creative Secondary School||35.6||38||np||np||np|
|Delia Memorial School||np||np||np||np||np|
|Diocesan Boys' School||41||42||43||42||40.3|
|ELCHK Lutheran Academy||np||np||np||np||np|
|ESF Discovery College||np||34.6||34.4||35.3|
|ESF Island School||np||38.3||35.9||35.8|
|ESF King George V||36.4||37.8||38.5||35.7||35.1|
|ESF Renaissance College||37||38||38.8||35.5||34.7|
|ESF Sha Tin College||37||39||39.6||37.6||37.4|
|ESF South Island||36.1||37.1||39.4||35.5||35.8|
|ESF West Island||36||38.1||39.6||35.5||36|
|French International School||34.1||37.7||37.84||36.4||38.3|
|German Swiss International School||40||41||42||40.7||41|
|GT (Ellen Yeung) College||np||np||41.6||38.9||np|
|Hong Kong Academy||np||np||np||np||np|
|HKCCCU Logos Academy||37.6||39.3||40.4||36.9||38|
|International College Hong Kong||np||35.4||np||np|
|Kiangsu & Chekiang School and College (Braemar Hill)||np||np||np||np|
|Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (UWC)||np||np||np||np|
|Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School||38.9||39.4||40.8||38.9||np|
|Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College||np||np||np||np|
|Singapore International School (Secondary)||38||40||40.4||37||35.9|
|St Paul's Co-Educational College||41.2||42.8||43.3||41.8||40.9|
|St Stephen's College||np||38.9||38||np|
|The ISF Academy||38||40.8||40||38.9||np|
|Victoria Shanghai Academy||37.4||39.4||37.5||36.2||37.9|
|Yew Chung International School of Hong Kong||37.2||37.6||35.2||34.4|
Historical global average figures for IBDP results are documented in the table below.
|IBDP global average points||Global pass rate %||No of students globally||No. of Hong Kong students||Hong Kong average score|