How to Get a 45 in the International Baccalaureate (IB)

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How to Get a 45 in the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Date posted: Jul 13, 2016 03:13 PM       Posted by: Beulah Joy Lejano


IB is a difficult yet well-respected secondary qualification that prepares students for tertiary-level education extremely well. As such, reputable universities worldwide pay special attention to IB students.                                               

If you are an IB student, you should be aware of the high standard of the assessments and examinations that the program entails. But if you pass, you will be equipped with invaluable skills that will give you an academic edge in the university and beyond.

Here are 5 proven tips to get the maximum 45 score in the IB exam.

1.    Pay attention to the Subject Syllabus.

  The simplest yet most effective way to get 45 points is to always focus on your IB syllabi. It contains all the learning outcomes you need to accomplish and they are very, very specific.

  Do not make the mistake of ignoring your subject syllabus and just rely on the textbook.

  Ask your teachers or your IB tutor about it, or search it through Google. Either way, your notes should be based according to each syllabus point for every subject.

2.    Use the IB Question Bank, Past Papers, and Revisions.

  The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) has an official collation of past IB questions, papers and revised IB works. It comes with quite an expensive price tag but if you want to be thoroughly confident about your understanding the theoretical concepts, the IB Question Bank is a wise investment. 

  Success in IB exams means familiarizing yourself with the unique style of IB questions and being able to actually answer it. Though nearly every textbook has a series of practice questions at the end of each section or chapter – which you should definitely answer – they are not as challenging and as close to IB style as what you need.

  Don’t forget to use the IB Mark Scheme for comparison so you can make the necessary adjustments to how you’re going to answer that type of question.

This is a very effective technique that maximizes your IB score – guaranteed.

3.    Never leave problems unsolved.

  Sort out the most difficult topics/questions that give you the most trouble and then tackle them head on. Building a solid foundation and strong mastery of basic skills will ease the stress and pressures brought by more complicated concepts and ideas later in the course.

  If you don’t deal with problems in your understanding of the course material immediately, everything you learn far along the subject matter will surely not be able to hold itself up and will easily come tumbling down.

 4.    Make flash cards for definitions

 If memorization is an inherent struggle for you, you have to accept the fact that pretty much all IB subjects require significant amounts of it.

 Don’t fret. Sometimes, the most old-school formula can do the trick: flash cards.

 As technologically-advanced as your generation might seem to be, there is no other failsafe way to better memory retention than the traditional study flashcards. They allow you to quickly revisit information and test knowledge so you can memorize faster, better and more effectively.

 5.    Be proactive and ask for help.

 Throw out your introvert personality out of the window for once, and don’t hesitate to reach out to knowledgeable people in your life – because that could make or break your chances of getting that elusive 45 in your IB score.

 Whether it’s your subject teacher, IB adviser, or past IB students – ask for help as soon as you realize that you don’t understand a concept or you’re having trouble doing particular type of problem.

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