In the UAE there are currently 36 IB schools offering one or more of four IB programmes, 34 of which offer the diploma (assessment) programme.
The UAE’s 2015 published IB results, although extremely limited in numbers - do appear positive. All are around or above the global average score of 29.8. And, while the global pass rate for 2015 has yet to be published, (2014 was 79.35 percent) those schools in the UAE who did indeed published their pass rates show a very positive 86 percent or above.
In 2015, globally only 160 students of a total 142,000, achieved the perfect score of 45 out of 45. Two of these scores were registered in the UAE, by Tara Ahluwalia from Dubai International Academy and Cormac O’Neill from JESS.
JESS achieved the best overall score for 2015 with an average pass rate of 35, 5.2 points above the international average.
The GEMS Network and EIS Jumeirah also did well with an average point score of 33.
IB is growing in popularity in the UAE, so we hope to see much more information being made available in the years ahead.
We suspect the graphs would be significantly more illuminating if comprehensive data was available on how many IB students achieved between 35 and 39 and also 40 and 45 points, allowing parents to see not just the numbers that passed, but how well each school actually did.
Note: For entry to Oxford and Cambridge, an IB Diploma score of plus 40 is generally required. For entry into a good redbrick university, a grade of 33 plus is required.
Note: For the latest, 2016 results, go here