A Guide to the IB Resources – What do they comprise, how to use them & other things about them
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What is known by IB Students as the “IB Resources” comprises mainly 17 folders, these being:
1. IB Books
2. IB Documents (contains Grade Boundaries)
3. IB Extended Essay/IA Exemplars
4. IB Past Papers (Organized by Subject)
5. IB Past Papers (Organized by Year)
6. IB QuestionBanks
7. IB Specimen Papers
8. IB Subject Reports
9. IB Subject Guides
10. DP and MYP Teacher Support Materials (TSM)
11. MYP Content
12. PYP Content
17. IB English Guys
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Briefly, the contents of each one will be described below:
1) IB Books
Textbooks, Study Guides, etc. specially prepared for the IB syllabuses of each subject. Books for most mainstream subjects and some for the not-so mainstream ones. Also, there are IB-related miscellaneous books. If you have/find a book that isn't there, it would be great to let us add it to the repository.
2) IB Documents
In the IB Documents folder you’ll find, in addition to the sought after Grade Boundaries, the (now deprecated) Handbook of Procedures, Forms and Cover Sheets, Answer Booklet Guides, Conduct of Examinations, Data & Formula Booklets, Diploma Programme Assessment Procedures, Exam Paper Style Samples, Examination Schedules, IB Complaints Procedure, IB Financial & Annual Reviews, IB PPT Templates, IB Statistical Bulletin, TOP SECRET IB DOCUMENTS, and more IB-internal documents relating to the DP.
Largely ripped from the (now decommissioned) IB OCC (IB Online Curriculum Centre).
Diploma Programme Assessment Procedures highly recommended for DP students.
Note that for some of these the most recent available are from 2018~2020
3) EE/IA Exemplars
In the IB Extended Essay Exemplars you’ll find graded (and commented in some cases) EE Samples from different scores (so you know what to do and what to avoid). You’ll find the IB Extended Essay Reports which are prepared every session in which all the strengths and weaknesses of that session’s EEs are pointed out.
There are official IBO exemplars and Clastify Exemplars.
Further, our own Exemplar Repository has works donated by Students themselves
4) Past Papers (Subject)
Thanks to a script written in Python originally by /u/batmansmaster, then improved by @pants#7752, in addition to manual sorting, we have organized by subject, all the IB Past Papers and Markschemes.
5) Past Papers (Year)
These are the all-time known IB Past Papers and Markschemes organized by year, as IB provides them. The oldest date back to the 80s, and the most recent official pack is from the May2023 session.
Currently there are 5 versions of QuestionBanks:
►Versions 1, 2 and 3 are in .exe format meaning you could install it in a Windows PC (or in MAC using third-party software).
►v4 QuestionBanks have examination questions from roughly 2009~2018
►v5 QuestionBanks have examination questions from roughly 2018~2022
►v4 & v5 are html browser-based, available online or in a zipped folder; to use it just download the zip, extract it and then click on "index.html"
The options to sort out questions and create tests are not available due to them being handled only by IB's servers and it's not possible to natively replicate those features.
QuestionBanks are a collection of past questions and solutions organized by subject, year, topic and subtopic. The latest is currently v5.
7) Specimen Papers
When the IB changes the syllabus of a subject (releases a new guide for a subject) they create Specimen Papers to reflect those changes. The changes may include new content being added (like M16 sciences) or the time/mark allocation being changed (like M17 HL Mathematics). This is done so that teachers and students familiarize with what to expect for the new syllabus as no past papers that contain said new additions are available.
They can be used as "additional past papers" to practice.
8) Subject Reports
IB Subject Reports are documents that the IB prepares after each exam session which are powerful tools that coordinators and teachers use to see, in a very general way, the performance of the students in that exam session. Also, the Grade Boundaries for each subject are shown.
9) Subject Guides
In the IB Subject Guides folder you’ll find all the available Subject Guides in all available languages, as provided by IB. IB Guides include the syllabi of a subject including other important details such as assessment information. Essentially any information you (or more likely your teacher) should need for a subject should be found in this document.
10) Teacher Support Material (TSM)
Here you'll find mainly Internal Assessments (IAs) graded and commented by external IB examiners. Other relevant (for a teacher) generalities of the subject can be found here as well. These TSM pages are provided in as provided by IB, but may partially be outdated.
In the MYP section you'll find all resources we have available for the Middle Years Programme (MYP) such as Books, General Documents, ePortfolio Exemplars, Examination Exemplars, Past Papers organized by year, Specimen Papers and Subject Guides.
In the PYP section you'll find some Textbooks for the Primary Years Programme
These pdf "LitCharts" are documents created that summarise and analyse a large number of books. The LitCharts are a great help in many Literature classes.
SaveMyExams is an online site with Study notes and Practice Questions. All notes are fully functional, and the majority of practice questions are accessible in web or pdf.
Some Notes available in pdf form
Everything else in online web form or as downloadable ZIP.
►Workaround View answers (on savemyexams.co.uk):
•Go to the code
•Click on the 'Raw' button next to the code listing that pops up (should be called unlock_save_my_exams_answers.user.js) to download the code
•Install Tampermonkey or a similar Chrome extension
•Open the Tampermonkey dashboard (click on extension icon > Dashboard)
•Drag the downloaded code file to the extension dashboard webpage and click install
•Open / refresh SaveMyExams. Enjoy!
InThinking is a platform used by many teachers for exercised, lessons, and even mock exams.
Used in classrooms and by teachers. Contains full-length textbooks for some subjects. Teacher edition includes all exercises and answer pdfs. Student edition contains mainly notes.
Contains limited number of Subjects.
Intended more for student self-study and revision, does not contain the amount of material as in ThinkIB.
Contains all available Subject.
Note: Due to technical issues, interactive offers such as exam-making or quizzes are not availble, however notes and textbooks work fine.
Resources created for Theory Of Knowledge, a subject that all IBDP students must complete.
17) IB English Guys
Exam Study Guide for English Paper 1 & 2, as well as the IO Planning Guide from the IB English Guys
unaffiliated: Revision Village alternative *Mortar*
There is an unaffiliated site that has created a free Revision Village alternative/replacement for IBDP students: https://intelarcx720410.inot.pro/
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