IB Mock Exams, Retake Students & Revision

IB Mock Exam Information for Staff and Students

The mock exams are held to resemble the real exams as closely as possible; in the setting up of the room, how the students enter and leave the room, and the reading of the instructions. This reduces the students concerns for the final exams, enabling them to understand the process as well as leaving them with no surprises when the final exams take place.

I hold mock exam training sessions with staff and invigilators, and students, two weeks before the mock exams take place. I also email the students’ mock exam pack to their parents.

Mock exams are also explained to parents and students at the start of the year in a parent workshop, with the aim of reassuring them regarding the role of the mock exams in the predicted grades process.

Mock exam information for staff.

I give this document to staff two weeks before the mock exams starts. I set the meeting room up as an exam room including all of the IB’s posters.

The document covers the following:

  • Aims of the mock exams.
  • Subject teacher responsibilities.
  • Types of exam.
  • Stationary.
  • Refreshments.
  • The exam room.
  • Seating arrangements.
  • Arrival of students.
  • Starting the examination.
  • During the examination.
  • Attendance.
  • Finishing the examination.
  • Appendices.

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Mock exam information for students.

I go through this information with students two weeks before the mock exams start. I set their classroom up as an exam room using IB posters and past papers to go through the exam process.

The document covers the following:

  • Aims of the mock exams
  • Types of examsStationary
  • Refreshments
  • The exam room
  • During the exam
  • Attendance

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Retake Students

The Coordinator is in charge of organising and preparing students who wish to sit retake exams. This includes liaising with students and staff over what subjects the student should retake, and whether they should retake the Internal Assessments of the subject(s)again.

It is important to not that any retakes need written permission from the parent. I always include the full cost of the retakes and ask parents to sign that they are happy to meet them (the costs and deadlines can be found on My IB).

After the results have been issued I have met with students who may wish to retake to explain the amount of points they needs to get the Diploma / into the universities they would like to go to, and look for the best way of achieving the needed points and any subject specific requirements that are needed to meet the pass criteria, such as when a student received an E in an Extended Essay.

It is a good idea to look at the Enquiry Upon Results service offered on IBIS throughout this process. With the student and parent permission it can be useful to look at their papers to see the examiner comments on their performance.

Looking through these with the subject teacher is a good way to assess how the student performed and whether they have a chance of achieving a higher grade if they decided to retake the subject. This also shows students the areas they need to work on to improve their grade.

I have advised students on behalf of the subject teacher if the teacher thinks the student achieved their full potential in the first exams and whether it would be inadvisable to retake the subject and where the student could possibly focus on getting extra points.

Once a student has agreed to do a retake, similar to the first exam session, I call them into school to speak about the exam rules and regulations and update them on any changes from the previous exam session, as shown here. I have worked with teachers and the retake students to set up revision plans and any extra classes.

Revision / Review for Students.

All revision / review documents to help students prepare for their assessments can be found on this website by clicking the following links:

Revision techniques booklet. https://www.ibcoordinator.com/revision-activities-booklet

Revision techniques videos. https://www.ibcoordinator.com/revision-techniques-videos

Term time revision booklet.  https://www.ibcoordinator.com/term-time-revision-planner

Holiday time revision booklet. https://www.ibcoordinator.com/holiday-revision-planner

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