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Why are IB exams split into different time zones?

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I've never been able to answer that...why though? doesn;t it make it kinda unfair? different time zones mean different tests right? Also i think all of you who are writing right now are very lucky..I can't wait for my finals...360 days left

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Simply because the whole world can't take the exam at the same time

If it's 8 AM here

It might be 3 AM in America

If they are going to wait for it to be 8 AM in America

Then I would be already done with my exam by then

So I can distribute the questions and cheating happens

So I think it is fair

It is a psychological thing that everyone thinks that their exam was more difficult

When, in fact, both are almost the same

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^ Actually I believe it's the TZ2 papers that are rumored to be harder, not our papers. Nice try :P

But yeah basically what's been stated above is true. There's different time zones to prevent cheating. Since Europe/Asia/Africa is ahead of the Americas time-wise they all take their exams before we do. If I had a friend in the UK and we were both taking the HL chemistry exam, I could call them up and ask what was on the exam, thus getting an unfair advantage. The IBO tried to discourage/prevent it by making different time zones.

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