The IB curriculum is often represented as a circle, with Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Extended Essay and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) at its core.
Each of the six academic subjects is graded on a scale of 1–7, with 7 being the highest grade. TOK and the Extended Essay provide a further 3 points, giving a potential maximum score of 45. TOK and Extended essay are graded from A-E. Students must receive at least a D in each of these subjects and score 24 total points (12 in High Level subjects) to earn the IB Diploma. CAS must also be completed, but provides no points.
CAS, TOK, AND EXTENDED ESSAY
– The Extended Essay is a 4,000 word essay written in an IB subject which provides an opportunity to conduct independent research or investigation on a topic that interests them.
– Theory of Knowledge is a class that investigates the nature and scope of knowledge. Put concisely, it is the study of knowledge and justified belief. It questions what knowledge is and how it can be acquired, and the extent to which knowledge pertinent to any given subject or entity can be acquired.
– CAS is another essential part of the IB Diploma Programme. It provides students with an opportunity to learn through the experience of helping others. The possibilities for CAS projects are almost limitless but all have the same desired outcomes. The students should Increase awareness of their strengths and areas for growth, undertake new challenges, plan and initiate activities, work collaboratively with others, show perseverance and commitment, engage with issues of global importance, consider ethical implications, and develop new skills.