Assessment

In this section, we explain how ESS is assessed, provide sample tests and exams and give advice on where to find more resources in the IB past papers. There are a lot of tricks to be able to adapt old past papers to the latest formats without too much effort, thereby giving authentic assessments.

I also provide advice on how to prepare students for the longer "part c" 9 mark essays and how to mark these.

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How is ESS Assessed? 6 April 2019

ESS has two external exam papers and an internal assessment component. Paper 1 is a Resource Booklet containing one large...
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Past Paper Questions by Topic 6 May 2019

I have listed all past paper questions on Paper 1 and 2 (until 2016) and Paper 2 from May 2017 by topic. I have not included...
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Topic 4.4 test - short response questions 30 April 2019

A quick test to assess understanding of topic 4.4 1. point source pollution could be a sewage pipe or a dead animal. A non...
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Unit Tests 6 April 2019

These tests can be used as end of unit tests to check understanding of a unit / topic. Each are focussed on different aspects...
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Topic 6 Test - Essay Format 2 December 2018

This test, in essay format tests students' understanding of the structure of the atmosphere, the differences between "good"...
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Topic 4 and 5 Test - Essay - Paper 2 Section B 2 December 2018

Topic 4 and 5 are regularly testing together to allow students to show their understanding of a wide variety of food production...
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