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IB Results Day – Everything You Need to Know 2023

Tornike Asatiani - Co-founder & COO of Edumentors

Every year, thousands of students across the globe eagerly await a special day in July – the International Baccalaureate (IB) Results Day. After two rigorous years of pursuing the IB Diploma, this day symbolises the culmination of hard work, commitment, and perseverance. For many, it’s a stepping stone towards higher education, and therefore, holds significant importance.

The IB is renowned worldwide for its high-quality and challenging educational programs. Therefore, your IB results can often serve as a vital bridge to leading universities and future opportunities.

Whether you’re an IB student, a parent, or an educator, read on to uncover all the critical aspects of the IB Results Day 2023.

When are IB Results Released?

The IB Coordinator gets access to the results a day before the individual candidates, specifically on July 5th. This advanced access allows the coordinator to review the scores and plan for any necessary response in case of concerns. However, it’s important to note that the IB Coordinator is unable to disclose any results before the IB’s official release.

For the candidates themselves, the IB results are released at 12:00 GMT on July 6th. From this moment onwards, they can log in to the official IB website to view their scores.

So what happens after the results are published on the website? This is where our next section comes into play.

How to Access Your Results

Navigating Results Day can be daunting, but being prepared can make it a smoother process. Here’s how you can access your IB results:

✅ Visit the IB Website

The first step is to visit the official IB candidate results site. You can access it via this link: http://candidates.ibo.org.

✅ Have Your Details Ready

You will need the candidate details provided to you on a piece of paper before leaving school.

✅ Login and Navigate the Site

Once you are on the results site, use the information from the paper (your personal code and your PIN) to log in. After logging in, navigate the site to find your results. Note that these details are case-sensitive.

✅ Lost Your Details?

In case you’ve lost this information, there’s no need to panic. You can reach out to dp.coordinator@icsaddis.org and/or tigist.kassa@icsaddis.org to help you retrieve this critical information.

Now that you know how to access your results, it’s time to understand what happens next.

What If The University Does Not Have My Results?

an IB Student Talking to the University Representative
an IB Student Talking to the University Representative

It’s not uncommon for universities to have trouble accessing students’ IB results. This can often be attributed to the admissions representative’s unfamiliarity with the IB’s result retrieval system. If you encounter this situation, follow these steps:

❓ Confirm Your Information

Make sure you provided the correct details when making your university request. Confirm with your school that they entered your data correctly into the IB’s university system.

❓ Understand the IB’s Timelines

The IB sends electronic results to universities on July 5. If your university says it does not have your records, it’s quite likely the admissions representative doesn’t know how to access them.

❓ Communicate with Your Admissions Representative

The IB results are sent to universities through a secure website called IBIS, not via email. Remind your admissions representative of this, and also share your accurate details: your name, birthdate, and examination session.

❓ Help Them Understand the IBIS System

Inform your university about the IB’s secure website, IBIS, and request they check your transcript there. It’s worth noting that if your transcript isn’t in the system despite correct information submission, there may have been a mistake on the IB’s part.

❓ Reach Out Via Email or Phone Call

Calling can often be more effective than emailing, as it eliminates misunderstandings and encourages real-time help. However, some universities only allow email contact. If this is the case, compose a clear, detailed email explaining the situation and asking them to access your results on IBIS.

❓ Involve Your IB Coordinator if Necessary

If your efforts to contact the university are unsuccessful, your IB Coordinator can help. They can contact the IB, confirm the transcripts were sent, and get information on who at the university accessed the system. They can then relay this information to the admissions office, reinforcing the need for them to retrieve your results.

Options If You’re Not Satisfied With Your Results

While we all hope for the best, it’s important to be prepared for all outcomes, including disappointment with your IB scores. If you are not satisfied with your results, here are some options for you:

✅ Contact Your IB Coordinator and College Counselor

If you’re not content with your score, reach out to your IB Coordinator and College Counselor to discuss next steps. They can provide guidance based on your future plans and whether your current score significantly impacts them.

✅ Understand the Enquiry Upon Results (EUR) Process

The IB has a system called the “Enquiry Upon Results” process, which allows you to contest your scores. The most common type of EUR is Category 1 re-mark, which entails a reevaluation of externally assessed material for an individual candidate.

✅ Evaluate the Implications of EUR

Before initiating any EUR, it’s crucial to weigh your options and understand the potential outcomes. The score from the EUR is final and can result in your marks staying the same, going up, or going down.

✅ Assess the Necessity of EUR

It’s important to gauge the importance of raising your score for university admission. Additionally, consider the potential changes in your final IB grade and the implications of each outcome.

✅ Understand the Deadlines and Fees

All EUR requests must be made before the IB closes the examination session on September 15. The cost varies between schools.

Conclusion: Embrace the Journey and Keep Learning

While the process of receiving your IB results might be nerve-wracking, it’s important to remember that your grades do not define you or your future success. The IB program equips students with a holistic education that prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of the world. No single score can encapsulate the knowledge, skills, and experiences you’ve acquired throughout your studies.

Success often lies on the other side of perseverance. If your results don’t meet your expectations, take a moment to reflect on the journey you’ve embarked on. Remember that every setback is an opportunity to learn and grow stronger. Our paths are all different and so are the times and ways in which we reach our goals.

Consider this: the real value of the IB Diploma Programme lies not just in the final grade but in the critical thinking, research skills, and global perspective it instills in students. These are skills that will serve you well throughout your life, well beyond your academic career.

If you find yourself needing extra support in your academic journey, whether to improve your grades, get a better understanding of a subject, or simply to boost your confidence, don’t hesitate to seek help. Edumentors, an online tutoring platform, is a fantastic resource for students like you. With a team of tutors who are all students at top UK universities, Edumentors can provide you with personalised, high-quality tutoring that caters to your learning needs. They understand the struggles, they’ve walked the path, and they’re ready to guide you in achieving your desired results.

Remember, every successful person you know has faced challenges along the way. The key is to stay motivated, be resilient, and keep learning. Embrace the journey and seize the opportunities ahead with enthusiasm and determination. You are more than capable, and your journey is just beginning.


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