International Baccalaureate Language Exam

 
 
 

Test Overview

Approximately 3 hours

Section I: Writing – series of short essay questions, approximately 1.5 hours

Section II: Free-Response Section, 4 prompts, 80 minutes, 50% score (each prompt is 12.5%)

  • Presentational Writing – Short answer on core themes

  • Interpersonal Speaking –interactive conversation with teacher

  • Presentational Writing – Cultural understanding of literary text

  • Presentational Speaking – presentation and discussion with teacher

Aligned to the ACTFL Proficiency Scale

 

ACTFL Intermediate-Mid = IB Score of 4

ACTFL Advanced-Low = IB Score of 6

Nationally & Internationally Recognized

IB exams are commonly used for college credit and/or placement. Many international schools offer IB programs.

Accepted by the Global Seal of Biliteracy

Yes.

Functional Fluency Requirements: IB Score of 4 or higher.

Working Fluency Requirements: IB Score of 6 or higher.

How is it rated?

Exams are rated on a scale of 1 to 7. Speaking test are all internally teacher-scored (but moderated by IB) and Written test is externally scored.

When/Where

Given at schools affiliated with IB programs. All Exams are given in May (or November for some languages).

Cost

$172 basic registration + $119 per exam

*note that the IB test qualifies anyone, anywhere in the world for a Global Seal of Biliteracy

*note that the IB test qualifies anyone, anywhere in the world, for a Global Seal of Biliteracy



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