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.

Selected Pages


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...

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...

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...

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...

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"...

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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