Paper 1: SAQs

IB Psychology: Paper 1: SAQs

Paper 1 focuses on what the IB calls "the core." It assesses your understanding of the biological, cognitive and sociocultural approaches to explaining behaviour. The paper consists of two sections: section A, with three short-answer questions (SAQs), and section B, with three essays.In section A, you must answer all three short-answer questions. This section of the paper is the same for both SL and HL students.


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Comments 6

Steven Morris 7 November 2017 - 08:40

Hi John,
Was reading through and saw this "In addition, notice that the command terms that are used to do ask you to evaluate the research." Surely a typo? There's no evaluation in SAQs right?
Thanks for confirming.
Kind regards,
Steve

John Crane 7 November 2017 - 12:49

Ah - thank you, Steven. I have fixed it.

Peter Karakiozis 28 February 2018 - 05:00

Dear John,
It seems like most SAQ's require you to use one example of research. In your experience, Would there be a SAQ that doesn't specify "use on example research" and if so would you recommend that students use two examples of research to answer the question?

John Crane 1 March 2018 - 14:00

Dear Peter, there will never be a question that asks for more than one study. And no, I would not recommend that students use more than one piece of research. If it does not specifically state "using one study, " then they may use more than one study and would receive marks for it. However, if it says "using one study," then if they include a second study, it is not read.

Dabalina Chatterjee 28 March 2018 - 07:34

Dear John,
As before the studnets are writing a small introduction for 9 marks where they define key terms like evolution or cultural dimension. then they start their 2nd paragraph with the research and in conclusion they relate /link their ans with the question. isnt it the correct approach?

John Crane 29 March 2018 - 12:01

Dear Dabalina - yes, that is exactly what they have to do.


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