Writing the IB Economics Exam

Time Management SL Paper 1 (1 hour) One Question from Four Take time to plan and spend more on b) than a) Paper 2 (2 hours) Data Response Three Questions from Five Identify your 3 questions during reading time You have 40 minutes for each question .

Time Management HL Paper 1 (1 hour) One Question from Four Take time to plan and spend more on b) than a) Paper 2 1 hour Three Questions from Six 20 minutes each question Paper 3 2 hours Data Response Three Questions from Five Identify your 3 questions during reading time You have 40 minutes for each question .

evaluate. discuss. • You must show that you “understand the demands of the questions” .Understand the Question • Underline key words especially the command words like explain.

Define Terms and Give Examples • Showoff you precise definition of any relevant term • Include relevant real-world examples .

Diagrams • Always an opportunity to include a well labeled and appropriate diagram .

Data Response Questions • Use information that is included in the text .

No shortcuts • Do not use bullet points • Do not use abbreviations accept those readily understood e. GDP • Do not use arrows to stand for increase or decrease .g.

Command Terms • Define = one to two sentences in precise economic language. Clinch it with an example. Interpret the significance of the value • Explain = clearly explain the concept • Discuss = consider different perspectives or opinions . • Calculate = simple calculations for elasticities or nation income etc that would not require an calculator.

Getting that 6 or 7 Evaluation SL Part (b) or Paper 1 and Part (d) of Paper 2 HL Part (b) of Paper 1 and part (d) of Paper 3 Evaluate causes and consequences • What is the most important and why? Evaluate an issue • Outline the perspectives Evaluate advantages and disadvantages • Describe and reach a conclusion about which side outweighs the other Evaluate a strategy or policy • Examine effects on different stakeholders' and identify who is advantages and disadvantages .

Getting that 6 or 7 Evaluation Evaluate a proposition • Explain why one proposition is the best and offer alternatives Evaluate using text • Identify bias Other strategies • Identify short and long term consequences • Identify what happens in reality as opposed to the model .

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