__ASSESSMENT OUTLINE__

__Mathematics SL (____First examinations 2006)__

(A) External assessment - 80%

Comprising of two written papers, Paper 1 and Paper 2

These papers are externally set and externally marked.
Together they contribute 80% of the final mark for the course. These papers are
designed to allow students to demonstrate what they know and what they can do.
See below for details on the written papers.

Calculators

For both examination papers, students must have access
to a GDC at all times. Regulations covering the types of calculator allowed are
provided in the *Vade** Mecum*.

Mathematics SL information booklet

Each student must have access to a clean copy of the
information booklet during the examination.

Awarding of marks

Marks may be awarded for method, accuracy, answers and
reasoning, including interpretation. In paper 1 and paper 2, full marks are not
necessarily awarded for a correct answer with no working. Answers must be
supported by working and/or explanations (in the form of, for example,
diagrams, graphs or calculations). Where an answer is incorrect, some marks may
be given for correct method, provided this is shown by written working. All
students should therefore be advised to show their working.

(B) Internal assessment 20%

Comprising of two pieces of work assigned by the
teacher and written by the student

A collection of two pieces of work assigned by the
teacher and completed by the student during the course. The pieces of work must
be based on different areas of the syllabus and represent the two types of
tasks:

mathematical investigation

mathematical modelling.

The portfolio is internally assessed by the teacher
and externally moderated by the IBO. Procedures are provided in the *Vade** Mecum*.

Written Paper Assessment Details

Paper 1: 1 hr 30 min 40% - **15 **compulsory
short-response questions based on the whole syllabus

Syllabus coverage

Knowledge of **all **topics is required for this
paper.

However, not all topics are necessarily assessed in
every examination session.

The intention of this paper is to test students
knowledge across the breadth of the syllabus. However, it should not be assumed
that the separate topics are given equal emphasis.

Question type

A small number of steps is
needed to solve each question.

Questions may be presented in the form of words,
symbols, diagrams or tables, or combinations of these.

Mark allocation

This paper is worth **90 **marks, representing **40%
**of the final mark.

Questions of varying levels of difficulty are set.
Each question is worth **6 **marks.

Paper 2 1 hr 30 min 40% - **5 **compulsory
extended-response questions based on the whole syllabus

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Syllabus coverage

Knowledge of **all **topics is required for this
paper. However, not all topics are necessarily assessed in every examination
session.

Individual questions may require knowledge of more
than one topic.

The intention of this paper is to test students
knowledge of the syllabus in depth. The range of syllabus topics tested in this
paper may be narrower than that tested in paper 1.

To provide appropriate syllabus coverage of each
topic, questions in this section are likely to contain two or more unconnected
parts. Where this occurs, the unconnected parts will be clearly labelled as such.

Question type

Questions require extended responses involving
sustained reasoning.

Individual questions may develop a single theme or
be divided into unconnected parts.

Questions may be presented in the form of words,
symbols, diagrams or tables, or combinations

of these.

Normally, each question reflects an incline of
difficulty, from relatively easy tasks at the start of

a question to relatively difficult tasks at the end of
a question. The emphasis is on problemsolving.

Mark allocation

This paper is worth **90 **marks, representing **40%
**of the final mark.

Questions in this section may be unequal in terms of
length and level of difficulty. Therefore, individual questions may not
necessarily be worth the same number of marks. The exact number of marks
allocated to each question is indicated at the start of each question.