External Assessment

General

External assessments (the papers) count for 80% of a candidate's overall IB grade.

Internal assessments (the labs) count as 20% of a candidate's overall IB grade.


[The above Word file presents the external assessment details in a much clearer format.]


External assessment details—SL

Paper 1
Duration: 3/4 hour
Weighting: 20%
Marks: 30
• 30 multiple-choice questions on core, about 15 of which are common with HL.
• The questions on paper 1 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.
• The use of calculators is not permitted.
• No marks are deducted for incorrect answers.
• A physics data booklet is provided.

Paper 2
Duration: 1¼ hours
Weighting: 40%
Marks: 50
• Short-answer and extended-response questions on core material.
• The questions on paper 2 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.
• The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)
• A physics data booklet is provided.

Paper 3
Duration: 1 hour
Weighting: 20%
Marks: 35
• This paper will have questions on core and SL option material.
• Section A: one data-based question and several short-answer questions on experimental work.
• Section B: short-answer and extended-response questions from one option.
• The questions on paper 3 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.
• The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)
• A physics data booklet is provided.


External assessment details—HL

Paper 1
Duration: 1 hour
Weighting: 20%
Marks: 40
• 40 multiple-choice questions on core and AHL, about 15 of which are common with SL.
• The questions on paper 1 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.
• The use of calculators is not permitted.
• No marks are deducted for incorrect answers.
• A physics data booklet is provided.

Paper 2
Duration: 2¼ hours
Weighting: 36%
Marks: 95
• Short-answer and extended-response questions on the core and AHL material.
• The questions on paper 2 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.
• The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)
• A physics data booklet is provided.

Paper 3
Duration: 1¼ hours
Weighting: 24%
Marks: 45
• This paper will have questions on core, AHL and option material.
• Section A: one data-based question and several short-answer questions on experimental work.
• Section B: short-answer and extended-response questions from one option.
• The questions on paper 3 test assessment objectives 1, 2 and 3.
• The use of calculators is permitted. (See calculator section on the OCC.)
• A physics data booklet is provided.