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Unpacking questions28 February 2012

As Paper 2 presents six unseen questions, you will want to become good at understanding and 'unpacking' exam questions. The term 'to unpack' is used here because it suggests that essay questions, like... more

PIE structurefree28 February 2012

You will notice that for many forms of assessment, you are asked to organize and structure your ideas. This lesson gives you a kind of 'recipe' for cooking up an essay as it were. The template approach... more

Coherent writing28 February 2012

In Criterion D for Paper 2, you find that you are expected to write coherently. But what is 'coherent' writing? Coherence is the glue that sticks good writing together. It is what makes one sentence... more

Criteriafree28 February 2012

Before you sit the final Paper 2 exam, you will want to have practiced writing and assessing essays in class, using the IB assessment criteria. Self assessment, peer assessment and teacher assessment... more

Tipsfree28 February 2012

While the Paper 2 essay only takes 1.5 hours at SL and 2 hours at HL, in fact you can spend hours preparing for it. Good preparation will ensure that every minute of the exam is used wisely. We recommend... more

Paper 2free28 February 2012

The Paper 2 exam consists of six essay questions, only one of which must be answered during the timed period. The essay is to be written about the Part 3 literary texts. Therefore, it is a test of understanding... more

P1 SL S2 (poverty)28 February 2012

The following Paper 1 samples were written on a text on poverty. The text was taken from an essay called "What is poverty?" by Jo Goodwin Parker, which appeared in America's Other Children: Public Schools... more

P1 SL S1 (Saif Ali Khan)28 February 2012

To prepare for your Paper 1 exam, you will want to know what distinguishes a good textual analysis from a poor textual analysis. Both the good and poor analyses below are written in response to an article... more

P1 HL S2 (chocolate)28 February 2012

To prepare for your Paper 1 exam, you will want to know what distinguishes a good comparative analysis from a poor comparative analysis. Both the good and poor analyses below are written in response... more

P1 Sample work28 February 2012

One of the best ways to learn is by example. In order to become familiar with the expectations of Paper 1, you will want to look at how student work has been assessed in the past. Both poor and good... more