Assessment outline—SL



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Assessment outline—SL


First assessment 2016

Component

Overall weighting (%)

Approximate weighting of objectives (%)

Duration (hours)

1+2

3

Paper 1

20

10

10

¾

Paper 2

40

20

20



Paper 3

20

10

10

1

Internal assessment

20

Covers objectives
1, 2, 3 and 4

10


Assessment outline—HL


First assessment 2016

Component

Overall weighting (%)

Approximate weighting of objectives (%)

Duration (hours)

1+2

3

Paper 1

20

10

10

1

Paper 2

36

18

18



Paper 3

24

12

12



Internal assessment

20

Covers objectives
1, 2, 3 and 4

10

External assessment


Detailed markschemes specific to each examination paper are used to assess students.

External assessment details—SL

Paper 1


Duration: ¾ hour

Weighting: 20%

Marks: 30


  • 30 multiple-choice questions on core material, about 15 of which are common with HL.

  • The questions on paper 1 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.

  • The use of calculators is not permitted.

  • No marks are deducted for incorrect answers.

Paper 2


Duration: 1¼ hours

Weighting: 40%

Marks: 50


  • Data-based question.

  • Short-answer and extended-response questions on core material.

  • One out of two extended response questions to be attempted by candidates.

  • The questions on paper 2 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.

  • The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)



Paper 3


Duration: 1 hour

Weighting: 20%

Marks: 35


  • This paper will have questions on core and SL option material.

  • Section A: candidates answer all questions, two to three short-answer questions based on experimental skills and techniques, analysis and evaluation, using unseen data linked to the core material.

  • Section B: short-answer and extended-response questions from one option.

  • The questions on paper 3 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.

  • The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)

External assessment details—HL

Paper 1


Duration: 1 hour

Weighting: 20%

Marks: 40


  • 40 multiple-choice questions on core and AHL material, about 15 of which are common with SL.

  • The questions on paper 1 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.

  • The use of calculators is not permitted.

  • No marks are deducted for incorrect answers.

Paper 2


Duration: 2¼ hours

Weighting: 36%

Marks: 72


  • Data-based question.

  • Short-answer and extended-response questions on core and AHL material.

  • Two out of three extended response questions to be attempted by candidates.

  • The questions on paper 2 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.

  • The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)

Paper 3


Duration: 1¼ hours

Weighting: 24%



Marks: 45

  • Section A: candidates answer all questions, two to three short-answer questions based on experimental skills and techniques, analysis and evaluation, using unseen data linked to the core and AHL material.

  • Section B: short-answer and extended-response questions from one option.

  • The questions on paper 3 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.

  • The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)


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