Paper 1 Pre-release case study

ATL Activity - What do you know about the Paper 1 assessment?

What do you know about the Paper 1 assessment? Use any resource you have access to (such as the IB Business Management Guide) to answer the following questions:

1Which two items must a school provide for students in the Paper 1 Business Management exam?

The formulae sheet plus a clean copy of the pre-issued case study.

2What is tested in Section C of Paper 1 (HL Only)?

Business decision-making and business strategy, using tools/theories/techniques such as decision trees or investment appraisal techniques.

3Are there any AO3 questions in Part A of the exam paper?

No – only up to AO2 (such as describe or explain).

4Can quantitative questions appear in Section B of the Paper 1 exam?

Yes, potentially. Section B is different for SL and HL but students can expect data / quantitive questions (althogh this is not prescriptive).

5What is the rule on the use of calculators in the Paper 1 exam?

A 4-function calculator would suffice; graphic display calculators (GDCs) with storage devices must have the memory completely swiped and checked by an exams invigilator.

6What is the weighting of the Paper 1 exam for HL? SL?

35% for HL and 30% for SL - as stated on pages 53 and 54 of the official IB Business Management Guide. These weighting represent at least three grade boundaries for the Paper 1 examination, so schools are strongly advised to devote adequate time to review and revise the syllabus through the context of the organization and information contained in the pre-issued case study.

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