OIB Results

    The OIB is a comprehensive set of examinations with emphasis on either scientific, literary or economics/social sciences subjects. It requires intensive preparation of 40-60 hours per week during the last two years of high school (Première/11th and Terminale/12th).  A student obtains a final score based on a weighted average of all grades on the various disciplines tested through written and oral examinations. He/she passes when this overall score is at least 10 on a 0 - 20 scale. Each year in France about 80% of all Terminale students pass their academic Baccalaureate examinations.

    The OIB is a special version of the French Baccalaureate created by French educational authorities in 1985, in cooperation with various other countries, including the United States.  To obtain this international version of the Baccalaureate, students must pass rigorous oral and written examinations in language/literature and history/geography in the language of the cooperating country. In the case of the American version of the OIB, examiners are approved by the Franco-American (Fulbright) Commission, with authority delegated by the CollegeBoard (creators of the SAT and Advanced Placement exams).

    The pass rate of American Section students taking the OIB has been 100% since 1985, and our student’s mention (honors) rate is equally impressive, far exceeding the national average. Overall grades of 12-14 receive the mention assez bien (honors). From 14-16 they are awarded mention bien (high honors) and averages over 16 warrant the mention très bien (highest honors).

    Evolution of mention rates in the American Section

      2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
    Très Bien 41% 40% 49% 44% 31% 25% 16% 20% 28% 22%
    Bien 41% 47% 39% 37% 56% 36% 38% 44% 39% 39%
    Assez Bien 15% 11% 10% 19% 9% 24% 37% 32% 30% 32%
    no mention 3% 2% 2% 0% 4% 15% 10% 3% 4% 7%


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