In order for you to remain familiar with how your exams look and what you are asked to do, I have place one copy of each IB exam here and a brief description of the rules and tactics for each exam. I suggest you revisit this page often and make sure you have the main ideas and test taking tactics in your head! Many mistakes are made based on simple instructions, so be organized and aware!

Paper 1: 5 source based questions in 1 hour. You are registered for Topic 1 (Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and International Relations). Here is the IB example of this paper.

Things to remember about Paper 1 -
a) Time is an issue in this paper so you will need to review the sources and get rolling quickly.
b) the first two questions can simply be listed answers. Look at what the question asks for, and answer it directly.
c) The second question is always a discussion of the relationship of two sources surrounding a specific topic. Be concise and efficient in your answer (a few short sentences will do) and be sure to do both (compare AND contrast).
d) There is always an OPVL question comparing two sources. Remember, you need to do all four (OPVL) for both sources, and cannot get full credit unless you can write it out eloquently in a running comparison.
e) The final question warrants a full essay! You will need an organized intro, thesis statement, support, and a conclusion. 3-5 paragraphs is ideal. You cannot recieve full marks unless you make reference to ALL 5 sources AND at least one outside reference not within the sources (your own knowledge).



Paper 2: 2 Essays in 1 1/2 hours. You have studied Topics 1, 5, and by default, a little bit of 3. Therefore, answer questions under these topics only. Don't even bother to look at topics 2 & 4!

Things to remember about Paper 2 -
a) Your essays MUST come from different topics. You MAY NOT choose two questions under the same topic. If you do, you will get a zero!
b) You need to follow the rubric for Paper 2. Be sure to have a clear contextual intro, thesis, subsequent topical paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to include multiple perspectives (Causality and Historiography) and counterclaims where appropriate.
c) DO NOT NAME DROP! If you use a term, state its definition and historical context related to the question. If you name a historian, be clear in your reason for his/her inclusion and purpose related to your essay.




Paper 3: 3 Essays in 2 1/2 hours. You have studied Topics related to the origins practices and effects of World War 1, World War 2, and the Cold War, as well as the Russian Revolutions. Therefore, answer questions dealing with these themes only.

Things to remember about Paper 3 -
a) You can choose any 3 of the 25 questons on the page, but remember, they are organized in chronological order, so be sure of any dates or clues given in the question as to the historical context (time period) being asked.
b) You need to follow the rubric for Paper 3. Be sure to have a clear contextual intro, thesis, subsequent topical paragraphs, and a conclusion. Be sure to include multiple perspectives (Causality and Historiography) and counterclaims where appropriate. In your conclusion (or where relevant) challenge the assumptions of the question!
c) DO NOT NAME DROP! If you use a term, state its definition and historical context related to the question. If you name a historian, be clear in your reason for his/her inclusion and purpose related to your essay