The Internal Assessment (also abbreviated as IA) is an IB coursework component all IB students in Singapore have to complete in their final year of studies. A course requirement of the International Baccalaureate (IB), the IA requires IB students to conduct a self-directed research on a topic of their interest, from start to end.
The type of work IB students would be required to do in completion of the IA component depends on the subject taken. For language subjects, students may be asked to do an oral presentation, whereas for science subjects, students may be required to do laboratory work.
Administered and marked internally, the IA is often thought to be as significant as a regular assignments. This claim, however, is quite the opposite. The IA is more significant than a regular school assignment.
Unlike regular school assignment, the marks an IB student receives for their IA impacts their final IB grades for the respective subjects. On average, an IB student’s IA marks can make up approximately 25% of their final IB grades.