# Exploration SL - Student Guide

[ teachers - go to the Managing Exploration page to download this Student Guide as a PDF with fillable fields (for deadlines)1. What is Internal Assessment in IB Mathematics Standard Level ?Internal Assessment (IA) in Maths SL consists of a single internally assessed component (i.e. marked by the teacher) called a mathematical exploration (or just the “Exploration”). The Exploration contributes 20% to your overall...

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## Comments 3

Grant Fossum8 March 2018 - 14:07In your experience, do you try to steer students away from Stats Explorations in SL? I notice in your great examples document you had some Stats Examples, but I have not seen many actual papers online from IB on Stats (Studies is almost exclusively Stats). Are these normally graded lower?

Tim Garry9 March 2018 - 11:18I would hesitate to rule out an entire area of the syllabus for potential Exploration topics, but I would say that, in my opinion, it's more difficult for a student to score well in an Exploration that focuses on statistical analysis. The Math Studies Project is a very different item compared to the SL-HL Exploration.

North London School14 March 2018 - 08:12There are some IB SL students who wrote explorations on statistics, getting data and using it two show if the two things are correlated or not. First best fitting curve is used and the process is basically followed by commenting on R^2 value, then using Pearson's Correlation Coefficient... How would you approach criterion E for this? Thank you very much

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