Danger Zones in an IB Economics Exam

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Some small, careless faults on IB papers can be something big like falling from a 7 to a 6. Looking at past papers/tests/exams, I have seen some common mistakes that have pulled down my grade down. Perhaps by noting my weaknesses down here, I will be able to avoid them in the near future.

  1. Poor Time Management: Sometimes, I would spend a quarter of the time allowed for a question that is only worth 3 points out of a total of 20 points on a test or quiz. It is pertinent to be able to plan and allocate time wisely by how much value each question has.
  2. Ineffective Evaluation: Evaluating the text may be one of the most important skills used in an economics exam  so it is crucial for us to know what is expected and understand several things about it. Whenever I see a question that asks me to evaluate certain causes or consequences, we should identify the ultimate cause or consequence and the reason; this leads back to the point about time-management, but if we endlessly kept listing them, it might be risky. Furthermore, it is also necessary to state economic concepts when evaluating.
  3. Imprecise use of Economic Terminology: This merely has to do with learning economic concepts and its terminology. Perhaps reviewing more often would help resolve these problems.

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