Jump to content

Recommended Posts

hey there!

so i have my history exams in a little over a week (i'm in HL & we studied 20th century history but that's not super relevant to my question) & i'm kind of freaked out about the 90min time limit for paper 2. my question is: say i only have time to finish writing one essay in those 90 minutes, assuming its a decent/good essay, what kind of score will i get? 

just so that i can gauge how concerned i need to be with making sure i get both essays completed in time. (also, i'm not trying to do super well in history or anything, i just want a 3 or higher so that i can get the diploma -- i'll do well on paper 1 & my IA is good, for context) 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

this depends on how much did you get in your IA and how will you do in the other papers.

anyhow, my advice would be to write a relatively two good essays instead of writing one super good essay.

let's say you get 9s in both essays (getting 9 is relatively easy since you only need to understand the question to be able to get it), then you end up with a 18/30 which is much better than a 15 (highest mark awarded for a super good one essay). Also, my teacher told me that one of the best essays in the ib exams 2017(word count was close to 3000 words) only scored a 14, so it is really hard to score full mark in an essay even if it was very detailed and contained critical analysis and different perspectives.

however, if you're not aiming for a high grade, and you did well on your IA (like got a 15 out of 25), got a 14 out of 30 in paper 2 , got a 15 out of 24 in paper 1 and a 20 out of 45 in paper 3 , then your total will be 5 out of 7 so that's pretty good I think

hope this helps, good luck!

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.