The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is highly respected. It is known for rigorous courses during high school. Students take an exam to receive their final grades.
Nearly 175,000 students around the world took exams this year, 89,000 of them in the U.S., most of them at special high schools. The students — in the U.S. and abroad — are highly sought by U.S. colleges.
This year, however, the coronavirus pandemic struck, and the final tests — scheduled for May — were not given. The IB program announced the following system for awarding final grades: