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Written Task Word count conversion in 2013 syllabus

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Hi Mandarin B fellowers~~~

I'm a current IB student doing Mandarin B HL, with my exam session in November 2013.

I have to complete my language B written task on the coming Monday. However, after reading the 2013 language B guide carefully, I haven't found the conversion scale between words and characters which used to be 1:1.2, this confused me. Do we still do word count conversions if it is not stated in the guide? This seems quite important as marks will be deducted if the word count is not met/exceeded.

Also the rationale is 150 words for HL, do we have a 5% above and below range for the word count or does it have to be exactly 150? This makes the conversion even more vital.......

Thanks!!!

Language_B_guide_first_examinations_2013.pdf

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I cannot give a sure answer, but I can tell you that the maximum word count for my Mandarin B SL written assignment is 480 words while the maximum for my rationale is 120 words. The guide states that the SL written assignment word limit is 400 for the task and 100 for the rationale, so I think the 1.2 ratio still applies. You could try asking your teacher or maybe submitting a question at https://ibanswers.ibo.org/app/ask (this may be a little unreliable as your written task is due in a few days) for a more reliable answer.

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Thanks Infested!

I couldn't really get a sure answer from my teacher so I just went with the 720 maximum for the assignment and 180 for the rationale. I guess since IBO did not state it clearly enough in the syllabus they cannot penalise me for this if it is wrong.

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