The Internal Assessment (also abbreviated as IA) is an International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework component all students have to complete by their final year of studies. A course requirement of the IB, the IA requires 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. Each research usually spans from 750 to 1500 words.
Administered and marked internally, the IA is often thought to be as significant as a regular assignments. The marks an IB student receives for his or her IA impacts the final IB grades for the respective subjects. On average, the IA mark can make up 20%-50% of a student’s final IB grades.