Grade boundaries

The IB releases the grade boundaries for every year’s papers shortly after the exam results are published in July. They have been steadily increasing year on year from the course’s update in May 2014. Here is a summary of the past 4 years and our projections for the 2018 cohort for HL Computer Science (given in %):

201420152016201720182019 (projected)
Level 1000000
Level 2141514151516
Level 3282927303032
Level 4373937404043
Level 5464846505054
Level 6555756606064
Level 7646666707074


Here are the official published grade boundaries for the different components for both SL and HL:

IB CompSci May 2018 – Grade boundaries (HL only)

IB CompSci May 2017 – Grade Boundaries

IB CompSci May 2016 – Grade Boundaries

IB CompSci May 2015 – Grade Boundaries

IB CompSci May 2014 – Grade Boundaries


The IB also publishes ‘generic grade descriptors‘ to show what are the traits and characteristics of someone who gets a particular grade (in this case, level 5 and level 7)

IB Grade descriptors (e.g. difference between a level 5 and level 7)


Also, the IB publishes a statistical report on the whole of IB diploma’s program every year. Fun fact: in 2017, there were only 1451 HL Computer Science students in the world!

IB Diploma Statistical Report: May 2017