ABOUT THE INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS

Making every mark count.

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.

UPDATES REGARDING THE IA

In light of the cancellation of the May 2021 final IB exams due to CoVid-19, the calculation of the subject’s final score has since been revised. In the coming May 2021 exams, students IB subject grades will be calculated using their IA grades and their predicted subject grades.

With the final May 2021 IB diploma exams cancelled, the weightage of the IA has also increased. This makes it more important than ever for IB students to do well in their IAs.

With the increased significance of the IA on the IB students final grades, the grading of the IA coursework has become more stringent. The IB has stated that the IAs will continue to be marked externally on top of the internal marking done by the school teachers.

By sending a methodically selected sample of IA courseworks for external marking, the IB ensures that the IA coursework has been graded fairly and in accordance to the IB criteria.

The ballooning weightage of the IAs on an IB student’s final grades makes it even more crucial for students to score well for their IAs. 

UPDATES REGARDING THE IA

In light of the cancellation of the May 2021 final IB exams due to CoVid-19, the calculation of the subject’s final score has since been revised. In the coming May 2021 exams, students IB subject grades will be calculated using their IA grades and their predicted subject grades.

With the final May 2021 IB diploma exams cancelled, the weightage of the IA has also increased. This makes it more important than ever for IB students to do well in their IAs.

With the increased significance of the IA on the IB students final grades, the grading of the IA coursework has become more stringent. The IB has stated that the IAs will continue to be marked externally on top of the internal marking done by the school teachers.

By sending a methodically selected sample of IA courseworks for external marking, the IB ensures that the IA coursework has been graded fairly and in accordance to the IB criteria.

The ballooning weightage of the IAs on an IB student’s final grades makes it even more crucial for students to score well for their IAs. 

HOW TO DO WELL IN THE IA

For many IB students, the IA coursework will be the first research paper they embark on in their academic journey. With little prior research experience, students may feel under-equipped to embark on a self-directed research. In addition, these coursework are graded as part of the final score.  

With years of experience helping IB students from a variety of schools and for a wide range of students, QE has gotten our IA methodology down to a science. Developed and refined by top of the class IB examiners, our premium methodology sees IB students through the start of their IA journey to the end, from inception to submission.

Students working on their individual IAs with the company of friends.

Framing the Research Question

>  Identify areas of investigation.
>  Evaluate topic feasibility.
>  Create a plan for data collection.

Devising a Research Framework

>  Identify primary and secondary sources of data.
>  Evaluate source suitability.

Developing the First Draft

>  Develop an outline.
>  Include discussion areas.
>  Work on the structure of IA.

Writing the IA

>  Flesh out key content areas.
>  Evaluate relevancy of concepts.

Editing the IA

>  Incorporate teachers feedback.
>  Conduct additional research.

Refining the IA

>  Check IA word count.
>  Tidy reference list and citations.

HOW TO DO WELL IN THE IA

For many IB students, the IA coursework will be the first research paper they embark on in their academic journey. With little prior research experience, students may feel under-equipped to embark on a self-directed research. In addition, these coursework are graded as part of the final score.  

With years of experience helping IB students from a variety of schools and for a wide range of students, QE has gotten our IA methodology down to a science. Developed and refined by top of the class IB examiners, our premium methodology sees IB students through the start of their IA journey to the end, from inception to submission.

Students working on their individual IAs with the company of friends.

>  Identify areas of investigation
>  Evaluate the feasibility of the topic
Create a plan for data collection

Identify primary and secondary sources of data.
Evaluate source suitability

Develop an outline.
Include discussion areas.
Work on the structure of the IA.

Flesh out key content areas.
Evaluate relevancy of concepts.

Incorporate teachers feedback.
Conduct additional research.

Check IA word count.
Tidy reference list and citations.

THE IA EXPERIENCE

The IA Experience is a one-session only critical class for IB students doing the IA. Conducted by IB-trained tutors and examiners, this class provide targeted help for key areas of improvement like research question selection, research methodology, and content generation.

Year 5 IB students

Overview of the IA framework.
Identify key IA milestones.
Devise a research methodology.
Develop a comprehensive start to end IA strategy.

After the IA Experience, students may *opt-in for our highly-rated IA tuition where they will be further supported with valuable resources and professional guidance to polish and refine their IA for final submission.

*T&C applies

Year 6 IB students

Review the IA final draft.
Edit the IA final draft.
Check and tidy up references.
Prepare the IA final draft for submission.

Join the IA Experience

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    THE IA EXPERIENCE

    The IA Experience is a one-session only critical class for IB students doing the IA. Conducted by IB-trained tutors and examiners, this class provide targeted help for key areas of improvement like research question selection, research methodology, and content generation.

    Overview of the IA framework.
    Identify key IA milestones.
    Devise a research methodology.
    Develop a comprehensive start to end IA strategy.

    After the IA Experience, students may *opt-in for our highly-rated IA tuition where they will be further supported with valuable resources and professional guidance to polish and refine their IA for final submission.

    *T&C applies

    Review the IA final draft.
    Edit the IA final draft.
    Check and tidy up references.
    Prepare the IA final draft for submission.

    Join the IA Experience

      By clicking submit, you authorise QE to collect your personal data and consent to receive advertising and promotional material from QE in accordance with the terms of the Personal Data Protection Act (2012).