International Baccalaureate - IB Resources

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International Baccalaureate (IB) explained IB Subject Resources
IB General IB News Articles
IB Websites for Students Extended Essay Resource
IB exams and mark schemes TOK Theory of Knowledge resources
General IB websites Commercial Websites
Non-IB related links

International Baccalaureate (IB) explained

With the increasing trend in Hong Kong for International Schools and ESF (English Schools Foundation) schools to switch from country specific syllabuses to the IB many in Hong Kong have been left asking questions about what exactly the IB is and what it offers. By Gary Hadler. Read More..
IB Subject Resources
Business Studies Chemistry
Computer Science Economics
English Environmental Systems
French Geography
Mathematics Philosophy
Physics Psychology
IB General

The following are some useful links from the IBO official website and other related useful links:  

IBO home page - lists addresses of regional offices, a directory of all IB schools with (e-mail) contacts, library support, a very efficient online publication section, statistics (under publications, see the Statistical Bulletin), Subject Guides and teacher support materials (only be available after authorization), the Vade Mecum (the essential handbook to the IB Diploma Programme, under publications), University and Government recognition policies, Special Educational Needs, (calendars of) Workshops and conferences, just to name a few items. One can also subscribe to the quarterly magazine IB World through this website.

IB Programme standards and practices

IB Diploma: A Guide for Universitys and Colleges

Diploma Programme assessment

IB: The Diploma Programme

IB: The Middle Years Programme (MYP)

IB and Copyright - the Online curriculum centre (OCC), only accessible for subscribers. It features discussion forums, coordinators notes (which list important amendments to the regulations for each subject area as well as the cycle of curriculum development and review), recommended resources. Applications can be sent to is an Australasian network of IB schools. The site has all the university entrance scores in IB terms.

European Council of International Schools is a Council of International Schools

A directory of schools worldwide that offer the IB - IB world schools directory

The parents’ guide to the IB Diploma - An essential guide for parents, this 30-page document is written specifically to address questions and concerns over the IB diploma and is free to download - An independent* guide by Dr Marc van Loo

Research by HESA comparing A level and IB students studying at UK universities

IB News Articles

IB in the news - - Here is a selection of articles in the media worldwide about the IB and its programmes.

The following two articles give some interesting perspective on the debate that was conducted in the UK itslef as to whether the IB should replace the A-levels.

Pros and cons of replacing A-levels : BBC News Jan 2004

Educationists have been arguing for and against the replacement of A-level exams in England with a version of the International Baccalaureate (IB). In a pamphlet published by the Social Market Foundation think tank, the School Standards Minister, David Miliband, argues that the system has suffered from a vocational route that is seen as weak, and a narrow, overly academic one.

A-levels and IB 'hard to compare' : BBC News Dec 2003

England's exams watchdog says A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) are broadly comparable but have significant differences of approach.

ITS Educational News
- ITS blog which offers comment and discussion of educational issues that effect Hong Kong.

Research by ACS Schools: ‘Choice and Quality’, UK universities’ attitudes to the IB and other 6th-form qualifications

IB Websites for Students

IB Help
Help for everyone taking the IB. Advice written by former IB students can mostly be found in the forum.

IB Student
The aim of this website is to help students who are currently studying in the IB Diploma Program. The forums provide answers to any problems you may be experiencing. The "Study" link has detailed explanations of all the material covered in some subjects. Finally, the "Jokes" and "Games" are there for you to blow off some steam, have fun and relax a bit.

IB students
As one of the 200,000 IB students worldwide, this page will give you some shortcuts to information that is relevant to you while you are studying one of the three IB programmes. For further support, please contact the IB coordinator at your school.

IB Past Papers : Forum

IB Programme on Wikibooks and Wikipedia
This will be the main page for study guides, education resources and revision notes created for the International Baccalaureate ( IB ) Programme on Wikibooks and Wikipedia. The aim is to collaborate to create a great resource for IB students and teachers to make their learning, study and teaching easier.

OSC IB Resources and News: Includes ARTICLES written by our staff, offering advice about the International Baccalaureate for students, parents and schools.

Extended Essay Resources

Every IB diploma candidate must submit an extended essay. This link has the IB specifications for EE online.

An excellent example of an Economics Extended Essay by Jeffery Chang

How to write
a good research paper, coursework or extended essay considering the rubric requirements.

It is important when writing a research paper, extended essay or other coursework requirement to research the paper's rubric requirements.  By looking at how the piece of work will be assessed it is possible to improve your grade.
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Huskie IB Parent Organisation - extended essay advice

TOK Prescribed titles for November 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

ToK Notes
- Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a required interdisciplinary course intended to stimulate critical reflection inside and outside the classroom

IB Guide
- is a very interesting independent website, which seeks to provide independent guides for EE/TOK and general IB success. Guides written by successful former IB candidates and aimed at current IB Diploma students. The site also provides free downloads of grade A IB assessments.

Philosophy Games
Some TOK related games.

Epistemoloy index

Think is a periodical of the British Royal Institute for Philosophy. Published tri-annually, this magazine is aimed squarely at those with no philosophical background - great for students.

The Philosophers Magazine is a British journal devoted to interesting issues within philosophy. Its scope is rather wider than Theory of Knowledge, though it is not an academic journal, and it is packed full of interesting and funny articles. The interactive 'games' page is particularly fun and worth a visit.

The British Prospect is another magazine that is more general but regularly has excellent TOK resources. As an example, the April 2003 edition contains, among other things, articles on why art galleries should show copies of great works rather than originals; why the scientific community rejects controversial environmental findings; how Hollywood movies are in effect rewriting history for today's movie-going culture; and why a particular brand of relativism does not stand up to analysis.

Parabola Magazine is published four times a year and is thematically based. The back issues on language, consciousness and several other issues are well worth ordering in. Highly accessible and stimulating it draws from universal sources of all types. There are videos as well.

Forum is the official IB Theory of Knowledge magazine. Discussing assessment, lesson plans and activities, schemes of work and conferences, it is an extremely useful resource. The paper version is distributed free to all diploma schools.

Peter Suber's site is an extraordinarily comprehensive search guide to philosophy on the net. You can use it to find almost anything you want - probably in far more detail than you need.

This page has links to exam schedules and where to purchase past exam papers from the IBO:

You can ask your IB Coordinator for past papers, or you can purchase past papers and mark schemes from the IBO Store. IB Stuff Notes on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Anthropology.

IB Resources
Economics notes and portfolio essays. Also has Physics and Chemistry labs, TOK essay, and Computer Science Extended Essay.

IB Notes Extravaganza

UCAS IB Tariff Chart

Please note that ITS do not endorse any of these websites. These links are provided just as a service to our vistors.

IBO Store Official IBO Store selling past papers and mark schemes.

IBID Press Textbooks IBID Textbooks can be ordered through their website.

IB Math Prep
Student Preparation Programs offered by South Carolina Educational Communications

A Research Guide for Students Learn how to cite sources. A must for IB students.

ITS' free plagiarism checker is an anti-plagiarism site endorsed by the IBO. Send in electronic documents for automated plagiarism report.

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