By Justin Shin

Over a year of hard work and dedication just came to fruition when the seniors received their highly anticipated first round IB predicted grades. According to the IBO website, “The predicted grade is the teacher’s prediction of the grade the candidate is expected to achieve in the subject, based on all the evidence of the candidate’s work and the teacher’s knowledge of IB standards.” Getting good predicted grades is crucial for securing admissions in top-tier universities, especially for students applying to Oxford and Cambridge in the UK as well as any Early Decision/Action schools in the US.

In an attempt to shed some light on the upperclassmen perspectives towards IB predicted grades, BT managed to strangle some information out of two somewhat unwilling seniors.

When asked how they felt before and after receiving the grades, they both said something along the lines of, “Before I was worried. But now, I am no longer worried.” One even specified that he was super excited. In regards to a question on what symbolic meaning these numbers held for them personally, one of the interviewees, with a thoughtful touch of self-deprecation, remarked, “They show that teachers have way too much faith in me.” To top off their predominantly negative attitude towards the IB predicted grades, they both agreed that receiving the scores did nothing to alleviate their stress levels. According to them, the whole act of getting the grades was stressful. However, the two seniors claimed that they couldn’t be happier with their grades, which should provide at least some solace.

To gain further insight into the IB predicted grades, BT also conducted an interview with senior counselor Ms. Cheah.

To start off, Ms. Cheah pointed out that she would like to avoid making a blanket statement on the importance and weighting of such predicted grades, stating, “It tends to vary significantly between different universities and programs.” She did, however, contend that IB predicted grades are a significant part of your academic transcript in the UK, Europe, and Canada and that there are certain universities that rescind offers to students who do not meet predicted grades. Despite this, Ms. Cheah says, “Extracurricular activities, essays and personal statements, the three recommendation letters, and any other personal circumstances, both good and bad, are also taken into account–especially in American universities.” Evidently, it is not the end of the world if the IB predicted grades do not meet one’s expectations; there is still ample opportunity to prove oneself in many other ways.

BT hopes that Ms. Cheah’s words of wisdom lends some reassurance to the upperclassmen as well as providing clarification for students who look to start IB in the coming years (and perhaps also establish a counterweight to some of the overwhelming Senioritis-nihilism).

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