In addition to IB Exams (developed and graded by IBO), within the IB DP teacher assessment is also used for most courses. This includes:
oral work in languages
fieldwork in geography
laboratory work in the sciences
investigations in mathematics
Internal Assessments are completed at SPHS during the school year, graded by SPHS IB teachers, and checked by external IB examiners. These assessments normally contribute between 20% and 30% of the total mark. In this way, students in the IB DP have more control over their final IB exam score.
Some of the arts courses, for example, music, theatre arts and visual arts, have assessment of a major practical component, which can account for as much as 50% of the total mark.