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Rescind for IB

excalibur123excalibur123 Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
edited March 14 in College Admissions
Hi, I am considering not completing my IB work, such as the EE and the CAS stuff because I have been accepted by Georgia Tech, which would not have an issue with me not completing the full diploma. However, I have also applied to Northwestern and other top schools, such as Amherst, Swarthmore, UPenn, W&L, and Dartmouth. If I fail to complete the IB work, do I risk having those potential offers rescinded? I am specifically wondering about Northwestern. diploma?
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Replies to: Rescind for IB

  • JunerainJunerain Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    I am only familiar to AP but not IB. But I can hardly believe the situation you described will lead to rescinding. So don't worry.
  • airway1airway1 Registered User Posts: 320 Member
    Doubt it! Don’t worry just do your best!
  • Busy_MommaBusy_Momma Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    Isn't TOK in your junior year, so that should already be on record and included as part of your GPA. For my children, TOK is a class where the grade is on the report card, unlike EE, so Northwestern would see it. If they got a poor grade in TOK, ie not an A, then it would impact the GPA. S got super busy while trying to complete his EE, but with that, it was just pass/fail at the time (not sure if it still is) so we discussed just needing to pass it so he could focus on the other stuff. I think if you just kept your As, you'd be fine independent of receiving the IB diploma (eg, insufficient CAS hours, not getting the minimum test scores). You can also just contact Northwestern if you're still worried about it.
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 40,105 Senior Member
    edited March 11
    Contact the school. I'm sure they assume a certain performance on the IB - not a precise score, but if you performed so badly you couldn't pass and get the diploma it might be a problem.
    IBD candidates are automatically in the 'most rigorous curriculum' category so if you don't get the diploma it's up to the college, like when students drop 2-3 AP classes they said they'd take. Some colleges don't care and some do, but you want to know now.
  • gardenstategalgardenstategal Registered User Posts: 4,912 Senior Member
    It probably doesn't matter if you are getting a diploma from an American high school. If the IBD IS your diploma, and if you don't pass, you will have no high school diploma, and that could be a problem.

    @Busy_Momma , TOK can be done either Junior or senior year. The restriction you encountered was set by your school, not the IB. (And it's not unusual for schools to make their own rules.)
  • Kona2012Kona2012 Registered User Posts: 293 Junior Member
    I have to ask - how can you be a senior and not have turned in your EE? My son's EE was due back in December. He finished his rough draft November 15th and his final paper a month later.
  • Taylie1768Taylie1768 Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    edited March 14
    I really wouldn't risk it. At least in my school, you either work towards the high school diploma or an IB diploma. If you don't complete the IB, you don't get a diploma at all. If you're applying to those highly selective schools who have thousands of other qualified and highly motivated students, they might rescind your offer and give it to someone else if you don't complete the academic program they expected you to complete when they made their decisions.
  • bopperbopper Forum Champion CWRU Posts: 12,773 Forum Champion
    Make sure you don't get extra credit from any of the colleges you want to attend from completing the diploma.

    For example, at SUNY Binghamton:
    Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program may receive up to 32 credits. To receive the full 32 credits, the following conditions must be met:

    The IB Diploma must be completed with a score of 30 or more points; and
    The student must complete at least three Higher Level exams with a score of 5 or higher.
    Diploma holders who meet these conditions receive credit for their individual exam scores plus additional liberal arts elective credit to total 32 credits.
  • aliens20aliens20 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @Kona2012 I am currently an IB student, and it really depends on how your school wants to do it. Half of the IB students were told by their TOK teacher to turn it in at the end of the semester (late January), I was told to turn it in on 2/25, but the official final upload was actually on 3/8.
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