What do those numbers on the assessment criteria charts add up to in actual 1-7 grades?
Grade boundaries are the cut off points established for each mark band, ie points needed to reach a 7. The boundaries for each component at higher and standard level are set during the grade award meetings after each examination session. Each year the grade boundaries are published with exam results, occasionally they may vary by one point. In 2020 Exhibition boundaries dropped by one point.
Overall grade Boundaries in 2020
HL overall grade boundaries
Overall Grade Boundaries SL
Grade Boundaries for each component in 2020
Exhibition HL and SL
Comparative Study HL
Comparative Study SL
Process Portfolio HL
Process Portfolio SL
What's the Formula?
How are the final marks obtained? Each component is marked out of total points possible CS ( 30 SL, 42 HL), PP (34) EX (30) and then converted to percentages to reach a combined overall mark as seen below
Visual Arts results around the world
Overall distribution of grades in Visual Arts 2020
As you can see from the chart below, the average score is a high 4.
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