How to get 45 in the IB: Tips from IB examiners

How to get a full mark in the IB

Achieving a full mark in the IB can be a challenge but it is certainly not impossible. In 2019, our team of teachers at NTK helped 16 students to get full marks in IB, which is 40% of the total IB full scorers in the whole of Hong Kong. Numerous IB students have also scored 43-44 marks as well!

We know that the study process can be intimidating and stressful, so we have five tips from our top IB teachers to help sharpen your IB study skills this year.   

A complete guide on how to achieve a full mark in IB

​1. Plan your study schedule and follow it 

Create a study schedule for all the IB subjects that you are studying, based on your strengths and previous performance, as not every subject will require the same preparation time. The IB is not just a test of your knowledge, but also your organisation skills as a student.  If you asked students who have experienced the IB how to get a high score on all aspects of the assessment, they would say that planning is the most important. With so many subjects to study for, it is crucial to balance your time between all of the IB subjects. Prioritise the most challenging subject and make the most of the time you have by focusing on the concepts that you find more difficult.  
Set a goal to finish all your study work one and a half months before your IB.  Leave another one and a half months to practice NTK’s drilling papers in our drilling courses under exam conditions, to get used to time management and become prepared for the IB assessments. 

NTK IB Examiner’s Exclusive Tips: Attempt last year’s past paper for a closer match of the format and question types common to the IB.  The closer you get to the assessment, attempt the papers in the most recent years. For example, if you are going to write the Maths paper on 18th May, you can practice last year’s paper a day or two before. This way, you will be practicing the most updated paper for your subject. Make sure you do your research on the latest exams schedule and plan accordingly! 

2. Take a well-rounded approach when practicing IB past papers

One of the learning outcomes of the IB is to become a well-rounded and balanced scholar.

The focus of the IB exams is on getting knowledge from different units and to explore how the different components in the exams relate to each other, rather than an in-depth inquiry into any one topic in isolation. Therefore, most of the IB questions will combine more than one concept in a question to test your knowledge of a wide range of topics and problem-solving abilities. When you are studying, try to get all of the questions done in each past paper instead of questions that only focus on one topic so you become familiar and comfortable with all aspects of the curriculum. With this broad-minded approach, you will be able to tackle all questions confidently.

3. Secure your IB TOK & EE scores

Do not underestimate the importance of your TOK (Theory of Knowledge Course) & EE (Extended Essay) on your IB final grade! These two coursework components are important milestones in your IB career that could help you get a higher score, aside from exams.

<a href="url">enrol online</a> When you enrol online in a one to one IB private lesson with our specialized IB subject tutors, you’ll get tips on how to optimise your TOK and EE scores . Our experienced IB tutors will guide you to a topic in which you have the strongest interest and potential to succeed in. A solid topic can effectively frame your research and help you develop your thesis with substantial evidence. Create a strong foundation for your final grades by doing well in your IB coursework.

4. Reflect on IB Examiners’ comments/ marking scheme after you finished writing the paper

Read through the comments and feedback that you get from our specialist IB tutors. Remember, studying is a process of trial and error. Learn from your mistakes, keep practicing past papers to apply new knowledge Surely you will be able to boost your IB final grade. Try your best to understand the requirements and criteria for getting a score of 7 in each IB subject.

NTK teachers attend official IB workshops regularly and are extremely familiar with the official IB marking scheme. If you have any questions about the mark scheme, be sure to ask your NTK teachers in your lessons

5. Visualise in your mind the goal you want to achieve

Scoring high on the IB will get you more options for your university studies. The IB is not just an intellectual test, but also a test of practical skills such as time management, critical thinking planning, and execution. The IB is also practical because it teaches you to think broadly and solve real-life problems, which can bring you one step closer to your dream career!

This is what makes the IB unique to other assessments. The skills learned from the process of studying the IB will set you up for success in university, so start your IB preparation as early possible!

Have any more questions? Book a lesson with our IB tutors for more specific help.