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Read your course book first

By Matt McGee It has escaped none of my students that economics is a ‘composite’ subject – including (but in no ways limited to) mathematics, history, political science, statistics and…well, stories. The ability to become a good economist rests on two foundations: Good solid understanding of basic concepts and terms Skills such as underpinning arguments, finding flaws with economic reasoning and simply […]

Technology allows us to keep assessment relevant

By Adrian Kearney, Director of IB World Schools Globally, students have unlimited access to information and entertainment via the latest apps and gadgets – both throughout their education and in their free time. Technology and connectivity are having a dramatic impact on schools and this is revolutionising good practice for teaching and learning. It is now […]

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Be a risk-taker and implement MYP eAssessments

By Angela Brassington Are we risk-takers? Implementing eAssessments for our students at Munich International School (MIS) was an exciting new challenge. Both students and parents very quickly understood that these assessments tested the student’s ability to apply understanding, rather than just memorising facts. Many were excited to be involved. Onscreen exams support inclusion and the […]

Top ten Q&As from the IB community in the pre-exam period

Q1 What should we do if a candidate is affected by adverse circumstances? A: If a candidate (or a group of candidates) experiences adverse circumstances during the two-year course of study or written examinations that may have a significant effect on his or her performance in assessment, please complete the form Candidates with adverse circumstances […]

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MYP moderation is coming of age

Are you wondering why the IB has made recent changes to moderation in the Middle Years Programme (MYP)? We thought we’d share some excerpts from a conversation between principal examiner for personal projects, Patricia Villegas, and the IB’s Head of MYP Development, Robert Harrison to give you a little more insight into the rationale for change and […]

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We’re recruiting examiners

The IB is recruiting examiners in the following areas in preparation for the May 2016 session. Diploma Programme English A:  Literature English A:  Language and literature English ab initio French B Spanish B History Psychology World religions Film Theatre Visual arts Career-related Programme Reflective project Middle Years Programme Dutch A:  Language and literature Dutch Language […]

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Ready for MYP eAssessment? Take a quiz

2016 marks the beginning of an exciting new way of evaluating student development. For the first time, the whole community of schools offering the Middle Years Programme (MYP) will take part in a globally standardized assessment. MYP schools will take part in one or both of the following: All schools with MYP students in Year […]

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Technological advancements in DP assessment

The IB Assessment Division has the challenge of meeting the demands of both modern educational technologies and the growing numbers of Diploma Programme candidates worldwide while maintaining the quality of the Diploma Programme’s assessment standards. In terms of growth, we can use Ecuador as an example of the kind of growth that we need to […]