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International Baccalaureate (IB) studies

COVID-19 update

The IB will be taking the following actions for the 2020 May examination session:

  • The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for diploma programme and career-related programme candidates will no longer be held.
  • Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a diploma or a course certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigour and quality control already built into the programmes.

For more information, visit the IB website.

How to apply

If you're an IB student, you can lodge a QTAC application via 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 these.

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 Admission Rank). Read more about this process (PDF 190.6KB).
  2. We then convert your combined rank to a QTAC selection rank. The table below shows the two conversions:

Convert your IB score to a QTAC selection rank

IB SCORE IN COMPLETED DIPLOMA (2019) 2019 COMBINED RANK QTAC SELECTION RANK BASED ON 2019 CONVERSION
45 99.95 99

44

99.85

99

43

99.60

99

42

99.25

99

41

98.70

98

40

98.05

98

39

97.35

97

38

96.45

96

37

95.45

95

36

93.95

93

35

92.80

92

34

91.40

91

33

89.90

89

32

88.05

88

31

86.25

86

30

83.70

84

29

81.25

81

28

79.25

80

27

76.70

77

26

73.85

75

25

71.00

73

24

68.45

71

Subject prerequisites

Your IB subjects will meet subject prerequisites if these:

  • 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 COMPARABLE TO QLD GENERAL SUBJECT
Ancient History SL Ancient History Ancient History
Biology HL or SL Biology Biology
Chemistry HL or SL Chemistry Chemistry
Chinese A1, Chinese A2,
Chinese B, Chinese Studies
HL or SL Chinese Chinese
Dance HL or SL Dance Dance
Design Technology HL or SL Design
Drama SL Drama Drama
Economics HL or SL Economics Economics
English A1, English A2, English B, English AB, English A: Literature, English A:
Language and Literature
HL or SL English English
French A1, French A2, French AB,
French B
HL or SL French French
Further Mathematics SL Maths B or C Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics
Geography HL or SL Geography Geography
German A1, German A2, German AB,
German B
HL or SL German German
History (Africa, America, East and South East Asia and Oceania, Europe, West
Asia and the Middle East)
HL or SL Modern History Modern History
Indonesian A1, Indonesian AB,
Indonesian B
HL or SL Indonesian Indonesian
Italian A1, Italian A2, Italian AB, Italian B HL or SL Italian Italian
Japanese A1, Japanese A2, Japanese AB, Japanese B HL or SL Japanese Japanese
Mandarin B, Mandarin AB HL or SL Chinese Chinese
Mathematical Studies SL Maths A General Mathematics
Mathematics HL Maths B or Maths C Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics
Mathematics SL Maths B Mathematical Methods
Music, Music Composition, Music Group Performance, Music Solo Performance HL or SL Music Music
Physics, Physical Science HL or SL Physics Physics
Russian A1, Russian A2, Russian AB,
Russian B
HL or SL Russian 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 Spanish
Theatre, Theatre Arts HL or SL Drama Drama
Vietnamese A1, Vietnamese B HL or SL Vietnamese Vietnamese
Visual Arts, Visual Arts A, Visual Arts B HL or SL Visual Art Visual 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

Improving university entry for IB students

For 2022 admissions, an improved conversion schedule for IB scores will be introduced. The International Baccalaureate will provide QTAC with access to percentage marks for each subject, offering more conversion points and more detailed information about IB Diploma students on the same overall score.

The change will provide more gradations for IB students on the same score and a more accurate mapping of their score to a QTAC rank.

Read the documents below for more information:

International Baccalaureate fact sheet (PDF 629.1KB)
Determining ranks for 2021 IB students (PDF 120.7KB)
Sample schedule for IB students (PDF 207.4KB)

 

Page last updated: 07 May 2020