What the IB questions want from your answers Part 2: advice

Spanish ab initio SL:

Because this subject is an ab initio, the IBO does not expect perfect fluency and  perfect understanding of the language.

  1. A sense of logic. Use logic if you do not completely understand passages from paper 1. Or, you could guess. Remember to never leave a single question in paper 1. Your guesses could be correct.
  2. Good vocabulary. Learning vocabulary is always important. The more words you know, the better (even if you do not know the conjugated forms of verbs).
  3. A good knowledge about Spanish culture. Even if you haven’t been to Spain or Latin American countries, you need to know how Spanish people eat, when they eat, what festivals they celebrate and some iconic locations in Spain. You need to show that you know what Spanish culture is like. Include key terms in paper 2, while describing the activities that you did in a hypothetical vacation in Spanish (for example).
  4. Knowledge about format. I always tend to struggle with formatting. You need to know what a postcard looks like and how the message is structured. Make sure you know all the formats that could appear on a paper 2 test.

Mathematics SL:

  1. Some of the questions ask you to apply your knowledge logically. Sometimes you may have to think critically.
  2. Correct application of formula.
    DISCLAIMER: ALL OPINIONS EXPRESSED AND WRITINGS INCLUDED ON “SUJANA’S JARGONS AND STORIES” ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.

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