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International Baccalaureate (IB) studies

How do I apply?

Lodge a QTAC application via our Application Services.

IB documentation

We can obtain your IB results from the IBIS (International Baccalaureate Information System). Make sure your school IB Coordinator gives the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) your authority to release your results to us.

If we can't obtain your results from the IBO, you will need to provide a copy of your official IB results transcript to us.

Note: Do not submit downloaded results as we can't assess them.

How your IB Diploma is assessed

We use a two-step process to assess your IB results:

  1. As agreed by admissions centres around Australia, we first convert your IB score to a 'combined rank'. The combined rank is on the same scale as the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank).
  2. We then convert your combined rank to a QTAC selection rank. The table to follow shows the two conversions:

Convert your IB score to a QTAC selection rank

IB SCORE IN COMPLETED DIPLOMA (2016) 2016 COMBINED RANK QTAC SELECTION RANK BASED ON 2016 CONVERSION
45 99.95 99

44

99.85

99

43

99.70

99

42

99.45

99

41

98.90

98

40

98.30

98

39

97.60

97

38

96.80

96

37

95.90

95

36

94.60

94

35

93.45

93

34

92.30

92

33

90.95

91

32

89.30

89

31

87.40

87

30

84.70

84

29

82.30

82

28

80.30

80

27

78.15

78

26

75.70

76

25

72.70

73

24

69.30

71

Subject prerequisites

Your IB subjects will meet subject prerequisites if they:

  • are comparable to the relevant QCAA subject
  • are studied at Higher Level (HL) or Standard Level (SL)
  • you achieve a minimum grade of 3 in the relevant HL subject or 4 in the relevant SL subject; refer below.

Compare IB and QCAA subjects

IB SUBJECT TITLE IB SUBJECT LEVEL COMPARABLE TO QLD AUTHORITY SUBJECT
Ancient History SL Ancient History
Biology HL or SL Biology
Chemistry HL or SL Chemistry
Chinese A1, Chinese A2,
Chinese B, Chinese Studies
HL or SL Chinese
Dance HL or SL Dance
Drama SL Drama
Economics HL or SL Economics
English A1, English A2, English B, English AB, English A: Literature, English A:
Language and Literature
HL or SL English
French A1, French A2, French AB,
French B
HL or SL French
Further Mathematics SL Maths B or C
Geography HL or SL Geography
German A1, German A2, German AB,
German B
HL or SL German
History (Africa, America, East and South East Asia and Oceania, Europe, West
Asia and the Middle East)
HL or SL Modern History
Indonesian A1, Indonesian AB,
Indonesian B
HL or SL Indonesian
Italian A1, Italian A2, Italian AB, Italian B HL or SL Italian
Japanese A1, Japanese A2, Japanese AB, Japanese B HL or SL Japanese
Mandarin B, Mandarin AB HL or SL Chinese
Mathematical Studies SL Maths A
Mathematics HL Maths B or Maths C
Mathematics SL Maths B
Music, Music Composition, Music Group Performance, Music Solo Performance HL or SL Music
Physics, Physical Science HL or SL Physics
Russian A1, Russian A2, Russian AB,
Russian B
HL or SL Russian
Social and Cultural Anthropology, Social Studies HL or SL Study of Society
Spanish A1, Spanish A2, Spanish AB,
Spanish B
HL or SL Spanish
Theatre, Theatre Arts HL or SL Drama
Vietnamese A1, Vietnamese B HL or SL Vietnamese
Visual Arts, Visual Arts A, Visual Arts B HL or SL Art

IB subject achievement levels

FOR IB HL SUBJECTS FOR IB SL SUBJECTS
IB GRADE QCAA ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL IB GRADE QCAA ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL
7, 6 VHA 7 VHA
5, 4 HA 6, 5 HA
3 SA 4 SA
2 LA 3, 2 LA
1 VLA 1 VLA

Incomplete diploma

If you do not meet the requirements to be awarded the IB Diploma, we will still give your results a selection rank so long as you have completed a minimum of two IB Diploma Program courses/subjects (at either HL or SL).

As per the table to follow we will:

  • Sum your marks for between two and six IB Diploma Program courses/subjects. (Marks reported on a scale where: N = no grade, I = very poor and 7 = excellent), then
  • Give the sum a selection rank.

IB Career Related Program and Incomplete IB Diploma subjects

Aggregate score maximum of 6 IB Diploma
Program courses at either HL or SL

QTAC Selection Rank

40

80

38

78

35

76

33

74

31

72

29

70

26

68

24

66

22

64

20

62

17

60

15

58

13

56

11

54

8

52

6

50

 

 

Page last updated: 06 Jan 2017