IB Diploma Programme: Guidance for Internal Assessments
A core aspect of the IBDP is emphasis on research skills and critical thinking. Showing academic excellence, particularly through independent construction and execution of a research project, has become a necessary expectation today for high schoolers. Research in the discipline area of a student’s choice helps them demonstrate higher order critical thinking skills, independent learning and applying problem solving techniques. It also allows students to position themselves well in university applications.
CourseLeap identifies academic writing, organisational and research skills as an important aspect of building students’ academic profiles. We provide clear guidelines and expectations for the Internal Assessments of each subject, encourage independent thinking and research, and offer personalised feedback and support to help students achieve their best work. Additionally, we help students develop critical thinking, analytical, and research skills, which are essential for success in higher education and beyond.
Internal Assessment Titles and Grade Weightage
|Language A: Language and Literature||Individual Oral||30%||20%|
|Language A: Language and Literature||HL Essay||-||20%|
|Language A: Literature||Individual Oral||30%||20%|
|Language A: Literature||HL Essay||-||20%|
|Language AB Initio||Individual Oral||25%||-|
|Economics||Portfolio of 3 commentaries||30%||25%|
|Geography||Fieldwork (Written Report)||25%||20%|
|Computer Science||The Solution||30%||20%|
|Math Analysis and Approaches||Maths Exploration||20%||20%|
|Math Application and Interpretation||Math Exploration||20%||20%|
Who is it for?
Courses We Offer
Subject: Mathematics | Total hours : 5 -15 hours
These courses aim to improve students’ understanding of the Math Internal Assessment Criteria, work towards assimilating the manner in which mathematical concepts can be applied using examples, and exploring some key areas of mathematics. It will include idea generation, and the instructors will work with students to refine and improve their proposals. The clarity of expectations and criteria help students choose research topics based on their areas of interest right from financial maths, operational research and using skills of modelling and optimisation, to organic farming or the optimal racing line of a formula 1 car.
The main aim is to develop a sound mathematical temper in students. It does not only focus on the difficulty of mathematics used, but rather on the creative thinking behind the process, which is what we want our students to imbibe.
- Narrow down a specific research question based on personal interest
- Complete an IA topic proposal and details of problem-solving
- Master the research skills for Math Exploration
- Tackle certain aspects of the Math Internal Assessment like criteria unpacking
- Participate in structured module based sessions using a research log
- Discuss exemplars and exploration of how certain topics in maths can be applied to the real world
- Acquire academic writing skills for Math Research
Note: Students will be exposed to the applied maths concepts to provide inspirational ideas for research for high school students. Exemplars will be provided to help.
Subject: Studies in Language and Literature | Total hours : 5 -15 hours
These courses are designed to enhance students’ comprehension of the Language and Literature Written Task assessment requirements and criteria. It aims to provide students with the skills and techniques necessary to generate well-structured written responses that demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the texts and topics under consideration. HL students will also acquire the skills needed to construct a well written HL Essay. Overall the course aims on inculcating critical thinking abilities and research skills to construct fluent and coherent pieces of literature.
- Understand the Written Task assessment requirements, including the task types and assessment criteria
- Develop skills in textual analysis and interpretation of literary and non-literary texts
- Learn effective writing techniques for producing coherent, concise, and well-structured written responses
- Enhance research skills and selecting appropriate primary and secondary sources
- Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate various perspectives and arguments
- Incorporate feedback from instructors to improve writing skills and produce high-quality written tasks
Subject: Language Acquisition | Total hours : 5 -15 hours
These courses are designed to help students develop the skills and strategies necessary to successfully complete the Written Assignment and Individual Oral components of the IBDP Language Acquisition assessments for Hindi, Spanish and French. Students will learn how to develop the ability to analyse and interpret a range of texts and produce clear, concise, and well-structured written responses. Overall it aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the Written Assignment, including the ability to analyse texts critically, incorporate research effectively, and produce high-quality written responses.
- Understand the requirements and assessment criteria of the Language Acquisition Written Assignment
- Develop the ability to analyse and interpret a range of texts, including literary and non-literary texts
- Learn effective writing techniques for producing clear, concise, and well-structured written responses
- Enhance research skills and learn how to incorporate primary and secondary sources into writing pieces
- Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate different perspectives and arguments related to the texts and topics being studied
- Incorporate feedback from instructors to improve writing skills and produce high-quality work
Subject: Individuals and Societies | Total hours : 5 -15 hours
These courses are designed to assist students in completing the Internal Assessment component of the IBDP Individuals and Societies assessments, for Psychology, Geography, Economics, History and Business Management. Through guided instruction and practice, students will explore the interplay between human behaviour and economic systems, fostering a comprehensive understanding of individual and societal decision-making processes. They will learn how to analyse the complex interactions between individuals, societies, and economic systems, while examining geographical, historical, psychological, and managerial perspectives to develop a holistic understanding of human behaviour, decision-making, and their impact on local, regional, and global contexts.
These courses aim to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this particular group of internal assessments, including the ability to analyse and interpret sources critically, evaluate different perspectives and arguments, and produce well-structured and well-supported investigations.
- Understand the requirements and assessment criteria of the IA
- Develop the ability to analyse and interpret texts, images, and other materials relevant to the research question
- Learn effective research techniques and how to evaluate the reliability and validity of sources
- Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate different perspectives and arguments related to the research question
- Produce a well-structured investigation that employs appropriate use of citations and referencing
Subject: Sciences | Total hours : 5 -15 hours
These courses are designed to assist students in completing the Lab Report component of the IBDP Sciences assessments, for Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Computer Science. They aim to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the natural world by exploring the fundamental principles and applications of matter, life, energy, and computation. Students will develop the ability to design and carry out scientific experiments, collect and analyse data, and communicate their findings effectively in well-structured and appropriately formatted Lab Reports. They will also acquire the knowledge and skills needed to create a good IA, including the ability to design and carry out scientific experiments, collect and analyse data, and communicate their findings effectively in a well-structured and appropriately formatted lab report.
- Understand the requirements and assessment criteria of the Lab Report component of the IBDP Sciences assessments
- Develop the ability to design and carry out scientific experiments
- Acquire skills like formulating hypotheses, identifying variables, and controlling variables
- Understand the use of effective data collection and analysis techniques
- Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate data and draw meaningful conclusions based on evidence
- Produce a well-structured, coherent and appropriately formatted lab report
Subject: Arts | Total hours : 5-15 hours
These courses are designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, and a deep appreciation for various forms of artistic expression and intellectual inquiry. These subjects, which include Visual Arts, Theatre, Music, Film, and Literature, encourage students to explore and engage with diverse cultural perspectives, develop their creative and technical skills, and express themselves through different mediums. The Group 6 subjects aim to cultivate students’ aesthetic sensibilities, cultural understanding, and their ability to communicate and interpret ideas through artistic and linguistic means. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the Process Portfolio component of the IBDP Art assessment, including the ability to document the creative process, reflect on artistic choices, and produce well-structured process portfolios.
- Understand the requirements and assessment criteria of the Process Portfolio
- Develop the ability to document the creative process, including ideation, experimentation, and development of ideas and techniques
- Learn effective reflection techniques to critically evaluate artistic choices and progress throughout the creative process
- Develop critical thinking skills to analyse and evaluate artistic choices and their impact on the final artwork
- Produce a well-structured process portfolio that meets the appropriate use of documentation, reflection, and commentary
Subjects we offer for guidance for Internal Assessment
IBDP Group 5: Mathematics
- Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (AA)
- Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation (AI)
IBDP Group 1 : Studies in Language and Literature
- English A Literature
- English A Language and Literature
IBDP Group 2: Language Acquisition
IBDP Group 3: Individuals and Societies
- Business Management
IBDP Group 4: Sciences
- Computer Science
IBDP Group 6: Arts
- Visual arts HL & Visual arts SL
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