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IB Assessment Criteria
|Criterion A: focus and method
||Criterion B: knowledge and understanding
||Criterion C: critical thinking
||Criterion D: presentation
||Criterion E: engagement
- Research question
- Subject-specific terminology and concepts
- Discussion and evaluation
Criterion A: Focus and Method
This criterion focuses on the topic, the research question and the methodology. It assesses the explanation of the focus of the research (this includes the topic and the research question), how the research will be undertaken, and how the focus is maintained throughout the essay.
Criterion B: Knowledge and understanding
This criterion assesses the extent to which the research relates to the subject area/discipline used to explore the research question, or in the case of the world studies extended essay, the issue addressed and the two disciplinary perspectives applied, and additionally the way in which this knowledge and understanding is demonstrated through the use of appropriate terminology and concepts.
Criterion C: Critical Thinking
This criterion assesses the extent to which critical-thinking skills have been used to analyse and evaluate the research undertaken
Criterion D: Presentation
This criterion assesses the extent to which the presentation follows the standard format expected for academic writing and the extent to which this aids effective communication.
Criterion E: Engagement
This criterion assesses the student’s engagement with their research focus and the research process. It will be applied by the examiner at the end of the assessment of the essay, and is based solely on the candidate’s reflections as detailed on the RPPF, with the supervisory comments and extended essay itself as context. Only the first 500 words are assessable.
Assessment grade descriptors for the extended essay
The extended essay is externally assessed. These descriptors are what will be used by senior examiners to set the boundaries for the extended essay in May 2018, and so schools are advised to use them in the same way.
IB Ethical Guidelines
Academic Honesty in the Diploma Programme
Academic honesty is an essential principle of the IB’s academic programmes...
Effective citing and Referencing
Explains why citations are needed, what needs to be cited, when citations are necessary, and how to cite, and also provides a list of citation definitions, a documentation checklist, and a chart showing the elements to be included in a reference
Ethical guidelines for extended essay and fieldwork
The following guidelines apply to research and fieldwork in all extended essays.
Guidelines for the use of animals in IB World Schools
These guidelines apply to the treatment of all animals in IB World Schools, to all students at all levels including PYP, MYP, DP and IBCC whether assessed or non- assessed, for extended essays, the group 4 project and the MYP project