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International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

 

 
 

Introduction       

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP) is a challenging curriculum offered to high school students around the world between the ages of 16 to 19. The curriculum is designed to prepare high school students for the transition into advanced post-secondary coursework.       

High school students who participate in the IB program either complete a few IB courses, earning an IB certificate of completion for each course, or students can earn the full IB diploma. Students who complete the full DP program, may do so over the span of 2 years during their junior and senior years to earn the IB Diploma. ​        

Students may also choose to take as few, or as many courses they wish and their high school allows. In such cases, students do not earn the IB diploma, but instead earn course credits and a series of IB scores referred to as Diploma Programme Course Results (DPCR). Moreover, students who attempt to earn the IB Diploma, but do not meet the diploma requirements also receive DPCR credit.         

Course subjects are offered at two different levels: Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL). SL and HL courses differ in scope, but are assessed in the same way. Standard Level subjects take up to 150 teaching hours, with Higher Level consisting of 240 teaching hours.       

Students select IB courses from six different subject areas, and usually take 3 SL courses and 3 HL courses for a total of six IB courses. ​​​       

Assessment       

The grading scale for each IB course ranges from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). Grades are earned based on the extent in which students master course content and demonstrate skills in critical thinking, presenting information, evaluating and constructing arguments, and conducting research. Written examinations are completed at the end of each course and are the foundation for final grading.       

To earn the IB Diploma, students must earn at least 24 points and complete the extended essay. The maximum points a student may earn in the full IB Diploma program is a total of 45 points. The highest possible point breakdown would consist of six courses each with a maximum score of 7 each, and 3 additional points for completing a core course. The optional core course offers students the opportunity to engage in an independent research project, further enhance their critical thinking skills, or participate in a service learning project.          

IB Scores                           

The International Baccalaureate (IB) organization provides an official transcript of the student’s results for the IB Diploma Program. Transcripts are sent directly to colleges and universities. Official scores are not released to students directly. The IB organization releases exam results twice a year on the following dates:                          

July 5th for students who complete the IB exam in May       

January 5th for students who complete the IB exam in November       

Students who are interested in sending their official IB results to City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), for an evaluation of credit, must have the IB scores sent to the CCC campus they plan to enroll at. Official IB scores may be delivered to CCC through option 1 or 2 below:       

1. Both the student and IB coordinator, at the student’s high school, arrange to have the IB scores delivered to one of the City Colleges of Chicago. All requests must be submitted by the coordinator at the high school where the student is taking IB coursework. These requests are sent to the IB organization and the scores are later released by the IB organization to CCC electronically with no cost to the student. Free scores may be requested only one time while the student is enrolled in high school.        

2. Additional IB results may be requested by the student at www.ibo.org at a cost of $17.00 per transcript. Students may submit an online request for an IB replacement score here: https://rrs.ibo.org/replacement_orders/index.cfm          

Replacement scores must be sent to the CCC campus the student intends to enroll at. Once the request is submitted and paid for by the student, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization will deliver the official scores to CCC. Students may elect to have the IB transcript sent to a campus as a paper transcript, or they may also request for electronic delivery.             

Recognition of IB for college credit at City Colleges of Chicago                      

Each student must be admitted at CCC in order for IB scores to be properly evaluated and processed in the system. IB scores cannot be processed if there is no CCC student record.        

City Colleges of Chicago use official IB scores to award college credit to students in the form of credit by assessment. IB scores are official only when results are delivered by the IB organization directly to a CCC campus. Copies, printouts, scanned or emailed results delivered by students to CCC are considered unofficial. Unofficial IB results will not be accepted for an evaluation of credit.        

Guidelines for awarding college credit for IB are based upon CCC faculty review of the IB course curriculum and an evaluation of learning outcomes. Faculty recommendations have established the course equivalencies for awarding college credit at CCC.         

The recognition of IB credit at City Colleges of Chicago may differ from other two year colleges and four year universities. Each college and university establishes their own IB credit policies and procedures.         

The IB course equivalency grid below demonstrates the credits awarded based on the IB subject and corresponding score. Each of these courses fulfill degree requirements at CCC in the form of general education coursework or elective credit.        

For more information about the IB organization and their IB diploma program please visit www.ibo.org. For general questions on IB credit acceptance at City Colleges of Chicago, please contact the Office of the Registrar at any of the CCC campuses.   ​​​​​ 

Faculty & Staff

IB Course Equivalencies       

Students admitted to City Colleges of Chicago will be awarded course credit in the amounts indicated below. Official International Baccalaureate (IB) transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions when enrolling at CCC.         

1. A score of 4 or higher will be granted credit. If an IB course is not listed on the grid below, please contact the Records Office and ask for an evaluation of the score.  It will be granted elective credit or equivalent course credit once it is evaluated.        

2. There are no grades or quality points associated with the awarding of IB credit at CCC. IB course credit does not impact college GPA.        

3. Credit awarded through IB is not allowed for repeatable course credit, or allowed for grade forgiveness for the equivalent course if the equivalent course is also attempted at CCC.       

Course equivalencies as of May 2017.       

IB Test       

Minimum Score        

Maximum Score       

CCC Course Equivalent        

Equivalent​ Course Title    

Semester Hours        

English A: Literature SL       

4       

7       

English 101       

Composition I       

3       

English A: Literature HL       

4       

7       

English 101       

Composition I       

3       

English A: Language and Lit SL       

4       

7       

English 101       

Composition I       

3       

English A: Language and Lit HL       

4       

7       

English 101       

Composition I       

3       

English A: Literature and Performance SL       

4       

7       

English 888       

English elective       

3       

Arabic B SL       

4       

7       

Arabic 888       

Arabic elective       

4       

Arabic B HL       

4       

7       

Arabic 888       

Arabic elective       

4       

Cantonese B SL       

4       

7       

Chinese 888      

Chinese elective      

4       

Cantonese B HL       

4       

7       

Chinese 888      

Chinese elective      

4       

Japanese B SL       

4       

7       

Japanese 888       

Japanese elective       

4       

Japanese B HL       

4       

7       

Japanese 888       

Japanese elective       

4       

Mandarin B SL       

4       

7       

Chinese 888      

Chinese elective      

4       

Mandarin B HL       

4       

7       

Chinese 888      

Chinese elective      

4       

Spanish A: Literature SL       

4       

7       

Spanish 101 and Spanish 102       

First Course Spanish and Second Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish A: Literature HL       

4       

5       

Spanish 102 and Spanish 103       

First Course Spanish and Second Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish A: Literature HL       

6       

6       

Spanish 103 and Spanish 104       

Third Course Spanish and Fourth Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish A: Literature HL       

7       

7       

Spanish 113 and Spanish 114       

Spanish for Near-Native Speakers I and Spanish for Near-Native Speakers II        

8       

Spanish A: Language and Lit SL       

4       

7       

Spanish 101 and Spanish 102       

First Course Spanish and Second Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish A: Language and Lit HL       

4       

5       

Spanish 102 and Spanish 103       

Second Course Spanish and Third Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish A: Language and Lit HL       

6       

6       

Spanish 103 and Spanish 104       

Third Course Spanish and Fourth Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish A: Language and Lit HL       

7       

7       

Spanish 113 and Spanish 114       

Spanish for Near-Native Speakers I and Spanish for Near-Native Speakers II       

8       

Spanish A:  Literature and Performance SL       

4       

7       

Spanish 888       

        

Spanish Elective       

4       

Spanish B SL       

4       

7       

Spanish 101 and Spanish 102       

First Course Spanish and Second Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish B HL       

4       

5       

Spanish 102 and Spanish 103       

Second Course Spanish and Third Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish B HL       

6       

6       

Spanish 103 and Spanish 104       

Third Course Spanish and Fourth Course Spanish       

8       

Spanish B HL       

7       

7       

Spanish 113 and Spanish 114       

Spanish for Near-Native Speakers I and Spanish for Near-Native Speakers II       

8       

French A: Literature SL       

4       

7       

French 101 and French 102       

First Course French and Second Course French       

8       

French A: Literature HL       

4       

5       

French 102 and French 103       

Second Course French and Third Course French       

8       

French A: Literature HL       

6       

7       

French 103 and French 104       

Third Course French and Fourth Course French       

8       

French A: Literature and Performance SL       

4       

7       

French 888       

        

French elective       

4       

French A: Language and Lit SL       

4       

7       

French 101 and French 102       

First Course French and Second Course French       

8       

French A: Language and Lit HL       

4       

5       

French 102 and French 103       

Second Course French and Third Course French       

8       

French A: Language and Lit HL       

6       

7       

French 103 and French 104       

Second Course French and Third Course French       

8       

French B SL       

4       

7       

French 101 and French 102       

First Course French and Second Course French       

8       

French B HL       

4       

5       

French 102 and French 103       

Second Course French and Third Course French       

8       

French B HL       

6       

7       

French 103 and French 104       

Third Course French and Fourth Course French       

8       

Polish A: Literature SL       

4       

7       

Polish 101 and Polish 102       

First Course Polish and Second Course Polish       

8       

Polish A: Literature HL       

4       

5       

Polish 102 and Polish 103       

Second Course Polish and Third Course Polish       

8       

Polish A: Literature HL       

6       

7       

Polish 103 and Polish 104       

Third Course Polish and Fourth Course Polish       

8       

Business Management SL       

4       

7       

Business 111       

Introduction to Business       

3       

Business Management HL       

4       

7       

Business 111       

Introduction to Business       

3       

Economics HL       

4       

7       

Economics 201 and Economics 202       

Principles of Economics I and Principles of Economics II       

6       

Environmental Systems and Societies SL       

4       

7       

Environmental Studies 888       

Environmental Studies elective       

3       

Geography SL       

4       

7       

Geography 201       

Physical Geography       

3       

Geography HL       

4       

7       

Geography 201       

Physical Geography       

3       

Global Politics SL       

4       

7       

Political Science 888       

Political Science Elective       

3       

Global Politics HL       

4       

7       

Political Science 888       

Political Science Elective       

3       

History: SL       

4       

7       

HIST 888       

History Elective       

3       

History: HL       

4       

7       

HIST 888       

History Elective       

3       

Philosophy SL       

4       

7       

Philosophy 106       

Introduction to Philosophy       

3       

Philosophy HL       

4       

7       

Philosophy 106       

Introduction to Philosophy       

3       

Psychology SL       

4       

7       

Psychology 201       

General Psychology       

3       

Psychology HL       

4       

7       

Psychology 201       

General Psychology       

3       

Social and Cultural Anthropology SL       

4       

7       

Anthropology 202       

Cultural Anthropology       

3       

Social and Cultural Anthropology HL       

4       

7       

Anthropology 202       

Cultural Anthropology       

3       

World Religions SL       

4       

7       

Philosophy 108       

Philosophy of Religion       

3       

Biology SL       

4       

7       

Biology 121       

Biology I       

5       

Biology HL       

4       

7       

Biology 122       

Biology II       

5       

Chemistry SL       

4       

7       

Chemistry 121       

Basic Chemistry I       

4       

Chemistry HL       

4       

5       

Chemistry 201       

General Chemistry I       

5       

Chemistry HL       

6       

7       

Chemistry 201 and Chemistry 203       

General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II       

10       

Physics SL       

4       

7       

Physics 235       

Engineering Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion       

5       

Physics HL       

4       

5       

Physics 235       

Engineering Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion       

5       

Physics HL       

6       

7       

Physics 235 and Physics 236       

Engineering Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion and Engineering Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism       

10       

Mathematics SL        

4       

7       

Math 207       

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I       

5       

Mathematics HL       

4       

7       

Math 207       

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I       

5       

Mathematical Studies SL       

4       

7       

Math 888       

Mathematics elective       

4       

Mathematical Studies HL       

4       

7       

Math 888       

Mathematics elective       

4       

Further Mathematics HL       

4       

7       

Math 888       

Mathematics Elective       

4       

Sports Exercise & Health Science SL       

4       

7       

Health 888      


Health elective      

3       

Computer Science SL       

4       

7       

Computer Info Systems 101       

Computer Science 101       

3       

Computer Science HL       

4       

7       

Computer Info Systems 101 and 144       

Computer Science 101  and Java-Programming       

6       

Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) SL       

4       

7       

Computer Information Systems 888       

Computer Information Systems elective       

3       

Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS) HL       

4       

7       

Computer Information Systems 888       

Computer Information Systems elective       

3       

Dance SL       

4       

7       

Physical Education 888       

Physical Education Elective       

3       

Film SL       

4       

7       

Fine Art 104       

The World of the Cinema       

3       

Film HL       

4       

7       

Fine Art 104       

The World of the Cinema       

3       

Music SL Solo       

4       

7       

Music 121       

Introduction to Music       

3       

Music SL Group       

4       

7       

Music 121       

Introduction to Music       

3       

Music SL Composition       

4       

7       

Music 121       

Introduction to Music       

3       

Music HL       

4       

7       

Music 101 and Music 102 and Music 103       

Fundamentals of Music Theory and        

Music Theory II and Music Theory III      

9       

Theatre SL       

4       

7       

Theater 888       

Theater elective       

3       

Theatre HL       

4       

7       

Theater 888       

Theater elective       

3       

Visual Arts SL       

4       

7       

Art 144       

Two-Dimensional Design       

3       

Visual Arts HL       

4       

7       

Art 144       

Two-Dimensional Design       

3       

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