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How to prepare for the IB English exams?

Updated: May 24, 2023


Student preparing for her IB English Exam.

To prepare for the IB English exams, it's important to understand what skills and knowledge are being tested. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect on the exams:


1. Knowledge of Texts: This refers to your ability to understand and analyze the texts you've read. This includes understanding the themes, characters, plot, setting, and style of the text.

2. Language Skills: This refers to your ability to use language effectively and accurately. This includes your ability to use grammar, vocabulary, and sentence structure to express yourself clearly. You'll also be tested on your ability to write essays in a clear and concise manner.

3. Interpretation: This refers to your ability to understand and analyze a text that you've read for the first time the day of the exam. This requires you to be able to quickly identify the key elements of the text and use them to support your interpretation.

4. Critical Thinking: This refers to your ability to look at the texts you've read in an analytical framework. This includes your ability to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the text, as well as your ability to compare and contrast different texts.

5. Literary Techniques: This refers to your ability to understand and analyze the various techniques used in literature, such as symbolism, imagery, and metaphor.


By focusing on these five areas, you can ensure that you're well prepared for the IB English exams. It's also important to practice writing essays, as this is a key part of the exams. You can do this by practicing writing essays on the texts you've read, and by getting feedback from your teacher on your writing.

Overall, the IB English exams are designed to test your ability to read and analyze texts, use language effectively, and think critically. By focusing on these skills, you'll be well prepared for the exams and ready to succeed.


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