ABOUT THE INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS

Making every mark count.

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.

ABOUT THE INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS

Making every mark count.

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.

UPDATES REGARDING THE IA

In light of ongoing CoVid-19 pandemic, various changes to the IB exams were made. In the May 2021 exams, students’ IB subject grades were calculated using their internally graded IA scores and predicted subject grades.

The IB has also announced that various segments of the November 2021 to November 2022 will be cancelled, while increasing the weightage of the IA. For instance, section C of the Business Management Paper 1 has been cancelled, with the IA weighting increased from 25% to 35%. The weighting for Economics IA was also increased from 25% to 35%. This makes it more important than ever for students to secure every mark possible.

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

UPDATES REGARDING THE IA

In light of ongoing CoVid-19 pandemic, various changes to the IB exams were made. In the May 2021 exams, students’ IB subject grades were calculated using their internally graded IA scores and predicted subject grades.

The IB has also announced that various segments of the November 2021 to November 2022 will be cancelled, while increasing the weightage of the IA. For instance, section C of the Business Management Paper 1 has been cancelled, with the IA weighting increased from 25% to 35%. The weighting for Economics IA was also increased from 25% to 35%. This makes it more important than ever for students to secure every mark possible.

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

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 research experience, students may feel under-equipped to conduct a self-directed research.

With years of experience helping IB students from various schools, our highly-rated courses offer targeted help for research topic selection, content generation, data analysis, and edits for final submission. 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 the feasibility of the topic
> Create a plan for data collection

Devising a Research Framework

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

Developing the IA First Draft

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

Writing the IA

> Flesh out key content areas
> Evaluate relevancy of concepts

Editing the IA

> Incorporate teacher’s 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 research experience, students may feel under-equipped to conduct a self-directed research.

With years of experience helping IB students from various schools, our highly-rated courses offer targeted help for research topic selection, content generation, data analysis, and edits for final submission. 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 provides direction 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.

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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