Writing an SAQ

IB Psychology: Writing an SAQ

Do’s & Don’ts for SAQs Do’s Answer all of the questions. There are no choices on this section of the exam. You will have to answer one biological, one cognitive and one sociocultural short-answer question. Write an answer that is between one and 1.5 pages long, depending on handwriting. This averages around 300 words. Read the question carefully. Note the command term. Begin...

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Comments 6

Sreekala Sureshkumar 28 January 2017 - 10:25

I am really not sure how to grade an SAQ. I have added comments but how do I actually assign marks?

John Crane 29 January 2017 - 07:00

Dear Sreekala, have you been for training yet? You should be awarding marks based on the rubrics that are in the guide. You can find the rubric in the current subject guide on page 35.

Anita Soekarno 13 February 2017 - 04:10

Under do's you have "Always outline the aim, procedure and results of the study that you are describing". Is this always true? I am thinking that if the question is to do with ethical consideration this may not make sense?

John Crane 13 February 2017 - 16:35

Actually, it is always true. The examiners want students to demonstrate understanding of the research that they are using. Simply saying that Zimbardo carried out an experiment without the aim and procedure would not be a successful approach, even for an ethics question.

Barbara Caley 25 August 2017 - 02:15

Are strengths and limitations of the research relevant to an SAQ?

John Crane 25 August 2017 - 05:25

Dear Barbara, students are required to follow the "command term." This means that if they are asked to explain a study, for example, they should not include any evaluation. If they do, they then are no longer focused on the question, and they may lose marks for lack of focus. The essays, on the other hand, require this type of evaluation.

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