Purpose of internal assessment
Internal assessment is an integral part of the course and is compulsory for both SL and HL students. It enables students to demonstrate the application of their skills and knowledge, and to pursue their personal interests, without the time limitations and other constraints that are associated with written examinations. The internal assessment should, as far as possible, be woven into normal classroom teaching and not be a separate activity conducted after a course has been taught.
The internal assessment requirements at SL and at HL are the same. This internal assessment section of the guide should be read in conjunction with the internal assessment section of the teacher support materials.
It should be noted that the 10 hours allocated to the individual investigation refers to the time required for the student to plan and implement individual investigative work.
The individual investigation not only allows students to demonstrate their skills in scientific research but, in conjunction with the collaborative group 4 project, also provides a positive opportunity for teachers and students to address meaningfully, and to develop to a significant extent, the five categories of approaches to teaching and learning recognized by the IB. The five categories are:
- research skills
- communication skills
- thinking skills
- social skills
- self‐management skills.
Internal assessment details
Duration: 10 hours
The internal assessment criteria
The new assessment model uses five criteria to assess the final report of the individual investigation with the following raw marks and weightings assigned: