International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

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Ideal International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Student

1. Academically motivated; have strengths in Math, Science, History and Languages
2. Open minded, critical & creative thinkers and risk-takers
3. Principled and reflective
4. Inquisitive and caring towards society

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is a rigorous pre-university programme because it is demanding and requires a significant amount of responsibility from the student.

It is governed by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) in Geneva, Switzerland and administered by the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and Assessment Centre in Cardiff, Wales.

What Makes It Special

Only schools officially approved by the IB organization are authorized to offer and to present candidates for examination.

Private institutions that offer IB diploma in Malaysia:

  • Cempaka International Ladies’ College
  • Cempaka School
  • Fairview International School Kuala Lumpur
  • Fairview International School Penang
  • IGB International School
  • Marlborough College Malaysia
  • Mont Kiara International School
  • Nexus International School, Putrajaya
  • Sri KDU International School
  • Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas
  • The International School of Penang (Uplands)
  • UCSI International School
  • International School of Kuala Lumpur

Public institutions that offer IB diploma in Malaysia:

  • MARA College Banting
  • Maktab Tentera Diraja
  • Mara College Seremban
  • The Malay College Kuala Kangsar

Private: Students require above average results in SPM in order to enrol into IB; aggregate of not more than 10 and not less than an A2 in all subjects.

Public: You will need to get straight As in SPM as this programme is only available in elite public schools and will prepare you for overseas studies.

Available Subjects

IB diploma students take six subjects. Students must choose each subject from each of the first five groups (1 to 5). For example, you may choose either an arts subject from group 6, or a second subject from groups 1 to 5.

    • Group 1 – Studies in Language and Literature

Literature, Language & Literature, Literature & Performance

    • Group 2 – Language acquisition

Modern and classical language

    • Group 3 – Individuals and societies

Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History, IT, Philosophy, Psychology, Social & Cultural Anthropology and World Religions

    • Group 4 – Sciences

Biology, Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics and Sports, Excercise & Health Science

    • Group 5 – Individuals & Societies

Mathematics (standard level, higher and further higher level)

    • Group 6 – The Arts

Visual Arts, Theater, Film, Music & Dance

Assessment Method

Study years: At least three subjects should be taken at higher level (240 teaching hours), while the other subjects are taken at standard level (150 teaching hours). Students also have to complete an extended essay that includes 150 hours of creative, action and service activities (CAS) and a critical thinking course dubbed ‘Theory of Knowledge’ (TOK).

This programme takes 2 years to complete.

Exam: IB is NOT 100% exam-based, as coursework done during class counts for the final grade. Students take written examinations at the end of the programme, which are marked by external IB examiners. Students also complete assessment tasks in the school, which are either initially marked by teachers and then moderated by external moderators or sent directly to external examiners.

Grades: The diploma is awarded to students who gain at least 24 points, subject to certain minimum levels of performance across the whole programme and to satisfactory participation in the creativity, action, service requirement. The highest total that a Diploma Programme student can be awarded is 45 points.


IB diploma can cost from RM20, 000 to about RM50, 000.

How to Apply

Students who intend to take IB are required to sit for an entrance exam, which is a mixture of science, math, vocabulary and comprehension questions in order to qualify. There is an interview followed by the entrance exam.

The intake for IB is usually in August.

Uni Pathways

Overseas: Hundreds of universities across 140 countries recognize the IB diploma and the full list can be viewed by clicking here.

Malaysia: There is recognition of the IB diploma for admission to universities in Malaysia which include the University of Malaya, Universiti Tenaga Nasional and International Islamic University.

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