The Examiners Report from the May 2016 Session

The examiners report from the May session is now out. Have you managed to see it / read it? As ever, the report does not ‘look very use friendly’ - it’s just a heap of text! But the contents of it can be quite revealing. The main highlights for me were: 1, The grade boundaries. If I’m honest, I did think they would be lower than this, due to my perception that the course is ‘harder’. In reality, the examinations were not too tricky ...

Examination Report 2013 part 3 – The Independent Study

In my blogs entries over the last month or so I've ben reviewing the 2013 examiners' report. I've divided these so that I can explore the observations on each of the three assessment components in detail. In this entry I'll try to interpret observations made on the Independent studies submitted for examination in 2013. As a supplement to this I would recommend a document I wrote for my own students, based on my observations from the scripts I examined during the May ...

The examiners report (2)

Do you read the examiner’s report? Do you know where to find it? Do you know what it is? The examiner’s report is an extremely useful document. Reading it and acting upon it are paramount to ensuring good examination results. The report can be found on the OCC (http://occ.ibo.org ) and is published approximately three months after the examinations. So what does it contain? The examiner’s report contains a very detailed breakdown of the examination session. It details the overall percentages needed to achieve the respective ...

The examiner’s report – tips for the teacher from the chief examiner

Are you aware that the May 2013 examiners reports are now released? You are able to get these from the OCC (online curriculum centre) – occ.ibo.org. The examiner’s report is a really useful document and if you only read one official IB document this year – make it this one! At first, it may seem a little daunting – around 30 pages of text (and very little in the way of diagrams) but boy, is it useful stuff! If you are new ...

The examiner’s report – tips for the student from the chief examiner

This month saw the examiner’s report released from the May IB exams. This is a much anticipated document that your teacher’s user to aid their teaching – so even though your teachers may not directly refer to it, they will (hopefully) use it. That said, the aim of this article is to make you more aware of some of the recommendations that come from it. The report comments on (amongst other things) the questions that students had difficulty answering and how ...