For most courses, written examinations at the end of the DP form the basis of the assessment. This is because these examinations have high levels of objectivity and reliability. Externally assessed coursework, completed by students over an extended period under authenticated teacher supervision, forms part of the assessment for several programme areas, including the theory of knowledge TOK essay and the extended essay EE. In most subjects, students also complete in-school assessment tasks. These are either externally assessed or marked by teachers and then moderated by the IB. In the DP, students receive grades ranging from 7 to 1, with 7 being highest.
Firefly needs a modern browser, so you may notice things look broken right now. To get a better experience, try one of the supported browsers listed here. The course provides students with an opportunity to explore and reflect on the nature of knowledge and the process of knowing. In TOK, students reflect on the knowledge, beliefs and opinions that they have built up from their years of academic studies and their lives outside the classroom. The course is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking—as well as empowering—for students. The course centres on the exploration of knowledge questions which are essentially, questions about knowledge itself. Knowledge questions are also contestable questions such as:.
The interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning that transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The course is in part intended to encourage students to reflect on the huge cultural shifts worldwide around the digital revolution and the information economy. The extent and impact of the changes vary greatly in different parts of the world, but everywhere their implications for knowledge are profound. Theory of knowledge encourages critical thinking about knowledge itself and aims to help young people make sense of what they encounter. Its core content focuses on questions such as the following:.
In addition to the coursework in each of six DP subjects, all full Diploma candidates are required to satisfy the requirements of three core components: Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS or Creativity, Activity, and Service. Failure to complete any of these components will result in no diploma being awarded. Extended Essay EE. About 4, words in length, the Extended Essay is a required project for each diploma candidate. It is an independent project which is planned and completed with the help of an individually assigned mentor, beginning the spring of the junior year.