The PreIB year is for students who are interested in the IB programme, but do not yet have the necessary 11 years of schooling or for other reasons are not prepared to enter the IB Diploma programme. The PreIB programme is equivalent to the first year in the Danish gymnasium (stx) and at the same time a preparation for the IB Diploma. All classes (except Danish) are taught in English, and the students are expected to communicate in English in all school-related activities. Non-Danish speakers will instead of regular Danish classes be offered a Danish for beginners course which takes place in the afternoons at the school.

PreIB subjects at Viborg Katedralskole

Subjects taught in the PreIB year (the letters A,B,C refer to levels in the Danish system, A being the highest, equivalent to three years of teaching, B equaling two years, C one year. The levels will only be carried through in case of shifting to the Danish system. Below they are only for reference)

The subjects taught are:

  • Danish A and English A (for students mastering both languages at sufficiently high level)
  • English A and Danish for Beginners (for those not mastering Danish at a sufficiently high level)
  • German B or Spanish for Beginners (alternatively French B continuous, but this language is NOT offered in the IB Programme of the school). One of these languages must be chosen.
  • Social Science A
  • History A (spring term)
  • Physics C
  • Chemistry C (spring term)
  • Mathematics B
  • Visual Arts C
  • Physical Education C (one lesson per week)

Additional basic courses in: General Linguistics, General Science and General Studies

Assessment Policy PreIB

April 2016. Next review: April 2018

As the PreIB course follows the standards and regulations for the Danish STX/National curriculum 1st year course (1g), students in PreIB will be graded according to the Danish grading scale. This is necessary to make it possible for PreIB students to shift to STX if they choose to do so after the first or second semester. 

The Danish grading scale is used with the exception of the mock exams, mini-EE project and mini-group 4-project at the end of the year where the IB 1-7 grades will be used as these end of year exams also serve as one the final assessment of whether a student is ready for the Diploma programme. These results of these exams will also be used in the final placement on Higher Level/Standard level in the IB subjects.

Comparison with other grading scales:





Excellent. Outstanding performance with only minor errors




Very good. Above the average standard but with some errors




Good. Generally sound work with a number of notable errors




Satisfactory. Fair but with significant shortcomings




Sufficient. Performance meets the minimum criteria




Fail. Some more work required before credit can be awarded




Fail. Considerable further work is required




Effort grades

In addition to the subject grades the students will also be allowed effort grades according to the following system: Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement and Unsatisfactory.

The effort grades are important in evaluating whether a student is unfolding her full potential within a given subject. The effort grades will furthermore be important in evaluating whether a student is read for the IB Diploma Programme which requires motivation and a strong work ethic.

The first semester

During the first semester of PreIB students must according to regulations from the Danish Ministry of Education have exams in General Science (oral) and General Linguistics (written). 

The course in general linguistics includes a latin course.   

The course in General Science encompasses chemistry, biology and physics.

At the end of the first semester students may be recommended to shift into the Danish system if they already at that point have proven highly unlikely to be able to pass certain PreIB/IB subjects. We actively discourage student with a very high probability of failing an IB subject, and thus not achieving a Diploma, from entering the programme and instead seek alternatives within or outside the school. 

The second semester

During the second semester, PreIB students write a "Mini-EE" in History or Social Science as part of the preparation for the Extended Essay, a large, academic piece of writing which is undertaken during years one and two of the Diploma Programme. The emphasis will be on working from a research question, organizing a longer essay, being aware of the formal requirements of such a text (table of contents, references, bibliography etc.). 

By the end of the school year, PreIB students have written and oral mock exams in Mathematics, English and Danish. For those students in the Danish for Beginners class, the purpose of the mock exam/test is to secure that they are ready for Danish B (HL or SL). If they are deemed not ready for Danish B SL and still want to do the course they will be recommended to do e.g. a Danish summer school during the summer holidays, at their own expense. 

It is also possible after the second semester to transfer a student into 2g, the Danish second year if the student is fit for this. The school will in that case aim to find a place in an equivalent ‘studieretning’, with the same subjects as those in the PreIB. This, however, cannot be guaranteed as it depends on some of the relevant classes having free places.

In case of this late transfer, it will be the student's own responsibility to read up on the Danish subjects and Danish terminology. Some assistance from subject teachers may be granted, but not to the extent of teaching. If a student is found to be, or finds herself to be, unable to do this, we recommend that she retakes year one (1g). 

Successful completion of Pre-IB Year

The coordinator, student counsellor and Pre-IB team will evaluate whether the individual student has successfully completed the Pre-IB year and is ready to embark on the Diploma Programme. The student is only allowed into the IB Programme if the school believes this to be a viable course of action.

If the evaluation leads to the result that the student is not ready, the school will offer alternative solutions if deemed helpful, such as retaking the PreIB year or transferring into either the first or second year of the Danish system.

If none of these alternatives are realistic, the student will not be allowed to continue in the school the following year, and must seek other educational possibilities. If this is the case, the student will be referred to the ‘UU-vejledning’, which is the Danish guidance system for students entering upper secondary/gymnasie education or similar.

Assessment calendar and mock exams

In PreIB, the students will be graded in all subjects in November, March and June. The Mock exams take place in June and will be given a separate IB grade as preparation for the IB Diploma assessment. 

After the November grades the PreIB students and their parents will be offered a Parent-Student-Teacher meeting with teachers of their choice and the IB coordinator if so wished. This talk either takes place in the school or online/through Skype. If the parents prefer a written report as a supplement to the grades and an alternative to a talk, this is also possible.