Well done to our G11 students for finishing their exams. It is important that the message surrounding University predictions and exam results is clear and consistent, so we thought we should take this opportunity to clarify, for parents and students, the following: University predictions (anticipated grades) will be based on the evidence acquired by teachers throughout the year. This includes the end of year exams, of course, which are an important predictor but by no means should be considered the sole component of the prediction process. Predicted grades are determined holistically by teachers, and are based on an analysis of all that our students have completed this year (and all they will complete next year for the following sets of predicted grades, generated in October, December and early February). They reflect our students' likelihood of achieving a certain grade that aligns most consistently to the appropriate descriptors published by the IB. This likelihood will be determined by taking into account student contribution during classes, attitude to learning, levels of effort and commitment and the varied components of student learning and performance demonstrated through unit tests, quizzes, written and oral assignments, exhibitions, portfolios, end of year exams, and other types of assessments. All predictions will be both realistic (as we need to put our students in the best possible positions to be able to confirm their offers once the final IB results are published) and slightly optimistic (as we need to take into account the additional months of revision and academic effort that will take place after the predictions are produced and before the exams). Predictions are reviewed with Mr. Batada and faculty receive yearly guidelines and training around generating predicted grades.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Senior School Leadership team (Dr. Tabet, Mr. Batada and Mr. McKillop) should you wish to receive additional information or any clarification at this stage.