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.