UAE Students Outperform Global Peers Again in IB Exam Result

UAE's International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma pupils continue to surpass global averages with an outstanding average score of 31.97 out of 45 points this year.

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Impressive Performance: UAE IB Diploma Pupils Excel Once Again

The global average score for the May 2023 session dropped to 30.24 points, down from 31.98 points last year and 32.99 points in 2021 , In the previous year, UAE pupils achieved an average score of 34.03 compared to the global average of 31.98 , To obtain the IB diploma, pupils need a minimum score of 24 points , Expressing her relief and excitement, Naja Baumann from Gems Wellington Academy, Silicon Oasis, said, "It has been a challenging journey, and I am grateful to embark on the next chapter of my life." Naja, who scored 42 out of 45, will pursue nursing at Xund University in Switzerland, her home country , Out of the 2,492 UAE pupils who sat for the IB programme this year, 177 achieved scores exceeding 40, while the average grade per subject in the country stood at 5.08 out of seven.

Reinstating Traditional Assessments: Global Increase in IB Diploma and CP Results

Globally, 179,917 pupils received their results for the Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) in the May 2023 examination session, marking a 3.47% increase compared to previous years. This year, the pre-pandemic assessment process was reinstated, with all exam components completed in full , Siddhant Tandon, from Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills, attained the highest score of 45 points, a feat accomplished by only 0.1% of students worldwide. Expressing gratitude towards his teachers and fellow students, Siddhant will be pursuing economics at the University of Oxford , Innoventures Education, the educational organization overseeing Dubai International Academy Emirates Hills, Dubai International Academy Al Barsha, and Raffles World Academy, reported a 98.5% pass rate across their group, with Emirati students achieving a perfect pass rate.

Pupils Celebrate Success: Gems Education Pupils Achieve High Scores

Saatvik Sharma, a Gems Modern Academy pupil with a score of 42, expressed his elation and relief as he looks forward to studying finance at the University of California, Los Angeles. Chloe Dsouza, another Gems Modern Academy pupil, scored 41 and will pursue applied maths at the University of Notre Dame in the US. Both students credited their achievements to hard work, dedication, and the support of friends, family, and teachers , Gems Education, the largest private education group in the UAE, announced that their 605 Grade 12/Year 13 pupils from seven schools sat for the DP, marking an increase from 533 in the previous academic year. With an average point score of 32.8 and a pass rate of 92%, Gems students once again surpassed global averages.

Exceptional Results: Taaleem Pupils Exceed Global Averages

Taaleem, another prominent private school provider in the UAE, celebrated exceptional results achieved by their Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme students. Glen Radojkovich, Deputy Director of Education, the IB and UK curriculum at Taaleem, expressed delight over the pass rates and averages that surpassed global averages once again. Many pupils achieved scores positioning them among the top 1% of IB graduates worldwide, showcasing their exceptional performance ,Richard Drew, Chairman of the IB Heads Association for the UAE and Principal of Jumeira Baccalaureate School, a Taaleem school, praised theperseverance and adaptability of IB students in the face of the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite disruptions to traditional learning and examination patterns, the resilient students have demonstrated incredible determination to succeed.


UAE's IB diploma pupils have once again showcased their exceptional abilities and dedication, outperforming global averages. Their impressive scores reflect their hard work, resilience, and the support of their teachers, families, and peers. As these students move forward to pursue their chosen paths in universities around the world, their achievements stand as a testament to their commitment to excellence.

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