If you’re a student preparing for the International Baccalaureate (IB) May 2023 exams, you’re probably curious about the exam schedule and logistics. In this article, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about the exam schedule and logistics for the upcoming May 2023 IB exams.
Exam Schedule for May 2023 IB Exams
The May 2023 IBDP exams will take place from Thursday 27 April 2023 through Friday 19 May 2023. The exams will be held in three different time zones, Exam Zone A, Exam Zone B, and Exam Zone C.
- Exam Zone A: UTC +3.5 to UTC +12
- Exam Zone B: UTC +0 to UTC +3
- Exam Zone C: UTC -10 to UTC -1
Students should contact their school IBDP coordinator for more information about the exam schedule and logistics specific to their time zone. However, here’s a general overview of what you can expect. Coordinators may vary the starting times of the morning and afternoon sessions at their discretion. However, morning examinations must start after 7.00am and finish before 1.00pm local time, and afternoon examinations must start after 12.00pm (noon) and finish by 6.00pm local time
Exam Zone A – Australia and Asia
Exam Zone A includes countries such as New Zealand, Fiji, Australia and most of Asia.
Exam Zone B – Africa and Europe
Exam Zone B includes countries in Europe and Africa.
Exam Zone C – North and South America
Exam Zone C includes countries such as the United States, Canada, and Brazil.
Logistics for May 2023 IB Exams
In addition to knowing the exam schedule, it’s important to know the logistics for the May 2023 IB exams. Here are some key logistics to keep in mind.
Students will need to bring several materials to their exams, including:
- Black or blue ballpoint pens
- IB approved calculator
Note that calculators are not allowed for some exams, so make sure to check with your school IBDP coordinator to see if calculators are permitted for the exams you’ll be taking. Your pencil case must also be clear, transparent and see through, otherwise you will not be permitted to use a pencil case.
The duration of each exam will vary depending on the subject. Most exams last between one and three hours. However, some exams may last up to four hours.
At the discretion of the coordinator, candidates are permitted a short break between examination papers, including examinations for the same subject and level. Candidates may leave the examination room, consult notes and engage freely in discussion. This does not pose a threat to the security of any examination paper.
Each candidate must take their examinations at the school where they are registered unless the IB has authorized an alternative venue. Also, each candidate must have attended an IB World School that offers the DP and have followed courses in subjects of the DP.
The May 2023 IB exams are an important milestone for students pursuing an IB diploma. By understanding the exam schedule and logistics, students can better prepare themselves for the exams and ensure a smooth testing experience. Remember to contact your school IBDP coordinator for more information about the specific exam schedule and logistics for your time zone, and to prepare adequately by reviewing past exam papers, creating a study schedule, and seeking help from your teachers. Good luck!
The exam schedules for each time zone will be available in the months leading up to the exams. Students should contact their school IBDP coordinator for more information about when the schedules will be released.
If you miss an exam, it’s important to contact your school IBDP coordinator as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to take a makeup exam at a later date. However, it’s important to note that makeup exams may not be available for all subjects, and there may be additional fees associated with taking a makeup exam.
Calculators are not allowed for some exams, so make sure to check with your school IBDP coordinator to see if calculators are permitted for the exams you’ll be taking. If calculators are allowed, they must meet certain specifications and be approved by the IB.
If you have a question during the exam, raise your hand and wait for a proctor to come to you. The proctor will be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with any necessary materials.
Students are allowed to bring a bottle of water to the exam. However, make sure to check with your school IBDP coordinator to see if there are any additional restrictions on food or drink.
If you experience a technical issue during the exam, notify the proctor immediately. The proctor will be able to help you resolve the issue or provide you with a replacement exam if necessary.