From May 2017, the number of questions on all higher level (HL) mathematics papers will be reduced by approximately 20 per cent. We have taken this action in response to evidence from schools, feedback from students, and our analysis of results that suggest that candidates struggle to reach their full potential in these papers.
Based on the November 2014 papers, we have developed new specimen papers which are now available on the programme resource centre. These provide teachers with an indication of how we are implementing this change.
As announced earlier in 2016, the number of marks has been reduced to reflect the number of questions on the paper. This means that papers 1 and 2 will be marked out of 100 and paper 3 will have a maximum mark of 50.
We expect the same quality of mathematics and believe that giving students more time to reflect on the questions will enable them to demonstrate more fully their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding.
We will continue to provide reminders about this change as we approach the May 2017 examination session.
Please send queries to Matt Glanville, Head of Assessment Principles and Practice.