By Mr. Rob
The students just finished up their mock exams, or “Mocks” as they are referred to, and it was an eye-opening experience for many of them. As the name states, the mock exams are not real and don’t count towards an official score. The point behind them is to get students ready and prepared for the real IB Diploma Exams coming up next term. They get any surprises or confusion out of the way before the official exams begin.
In order to prepare for the tests, here are a few tips for how to get ready for the IB Diploma Exams:
1.) Take tests from previous years
There are many tests that are available which will be very similar to the new tests coming out this year. This goes back to the “Mocks” that we are giving at KIS and why they are so important to take. You can get past papers from your teachers, who will be using these in preparation for the final exams. We do not recommend searching for past papers online as IB syllabuses frequently change, it would not be helpful to look at an exam paper for a previous syllabus.
2.) Study on a regular schedule
The last thing that students should do is try to cram everything into the last week before the test. Regular studying should start now as the IB exams cover an extensive amount of information.
3.) Practice outlining all of your answers before writing them in your exam booklet
Organizing one’s thoughts is not an easy process. Trying to do it on paper in an essay can be even more difficult. Before writing extended responses outline how you plan on fully answering the question. Make a point of not missing any of the details required by the question. Once that is done, it will be much easier to clearly structure your essay. Remember, all planning must be done in your answer booklet, but if you do not wish the examiner to mark it just draw a single diagonal line through it before the end of the exam.
4.) Revise, reread and repeat!
Take a deep breath and go over what you have just written. It’s easy to have part of a question go unanswered simply because you forgot something. Catching simple mistakes like that can make a big difference in your final score, so don’t forget the three R’s!
5.) Be prepared on the morning of the exam
It goes without saying that many students will have some trouble sleeping the night before. It’s best to shut off all electronic devices an hour before bed, try and get to bed earlier than usual, and maybe try reading a book before nodding off. The next morning, eat a nice healthy breakfast that isn’t too heavy. When you head to the exam, only bring what you need. Each test takes about one to two hours, and you will receive instructions on what is needed for each individual test.
The Class of 2016 is an outstanding one, and we wish the best of luck to all of you!
DP Exam Tips
By Mr. Rob