2021 New IB Math syllabus – What you need to know

Structure of the old IB and new IB Math curriculum:

Comparison between Math SL and the new IB Mathematics Analysis and Approaches:

Comparison between Math Studies and the new IB Mathematics


 University entrance prerequisites:


Who should choose Analysis and Approaches SL?
If you are not relatively strong in math but you are interested in studying courses related to math after high school such as science and economics, then you should choose AA SL.

Who should choose Analysis and Approaches HL?
If you are extremely strong in math and interested in studying courses that are closely related to math after high school such as math and engineering, then you should choose AA HL.

Who should choose Applications and Interpretation SL?
If you are relatively weak at math and you are not interested in studying courses related to math after high school, then you should choose AI SL.

Who should choose Applications and Interpretation HL?
If you are strong in math but not interested in studying courses that are closely related to math after high school, then you should choose AI HL.


 Tips from an experienced IB Examiner:

(1)    Be careful when choosing past exam papers for practice

As 2021 is the first exam of the new Mathematics syllabus, not all the questions in the past papers are relevant. For example, Vector is not in the AA and AI SL syllabus. At the same time, there are some new topics that you won’t find in past exam papers. For example, Voronoi diagram is a completely new topic in the AI syllabus. Therefore, it is critical for students to pick and supplement the past paper questions according to the latest syllabus.

(2)    Be aware of the new exam structure

For HL students, there will be no more options paper in the exam. The IBO introduced a completely new Paper 3 format, which includes two compulsory extended-response problem-solving questions. Candidates need to complete the paper in 1 hour, worth 55 marks, representing 20% of the final mark. Knowledge of all topics in the syllabus is required and each question reflects an incline in difficulty, from relatively easy at the start of a question to relatively difficult tasks at the end of the question.

(3)    Don’t forget the Internal Assessment

Same as before, the Internal Assessment (I.A.) is an integral part of the course and is compulsory for both SL and HL students. It also represents 20% of the final mark! Many students failed to start planning their internal assessment early and didn’t understand all the criteria. A well-structured I.A. essay will easily distinguish candidates from others. Students should start their I.A. as early as possible, including getting approval from their teachers about the topic, a simple proposal on the I.A. as well as further developing the I.A. satisfying all the criteria.

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