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Tips for IB Econ Paper 2


Student revising for IB Economics Paper 2.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Paper 2 is a crucial component of the economics curriculum for IB students. The paper is designed to test a student's knowledge of micro, macro and global economics, and their ability to apply this knowledge to real-life scenarios. In this blog, we will explore the structure of the IB Paper 2 and provide tips and tricks to help students prepare and perform well in this exam.

Structure of IB Paper 2

IB Paper 2 is a 105-minute exam, consisting of one hour and 45 minutes of written response time. The paper consists of two big questions, each with its own set of extract material, tables, charts, and graphs. Students have a choice to make between these two questions, and must answer only one of them. The questions are structured in a similar manner, with two 2-mark questions, a 2-mark and a 3-mark question, four 4-mark questions, and a 15-mark question.

Tips for Preparation


1. Revise your theory: The questions in IB Paper 2 are designed to test a student's knowledge of economics theory. Therefore, it is essential to revise your theory thoroughly and have a solid understanding of micro, macro and global economics.

2. Use the extract material: The extract material provided with each question is there to help you. Make sure you use it to your advantage, especially in the 15-mark question, where using the extract material is essential.

3. Be quick with the smaller questions: The questions in IB Paper 2 are designed to be relatively straightforward, so make sure you complete them quickly to leave yourself plenty of time for the 15-mark question.

4. Use diagrams and calculations: Make sure you know how to draw diagrams and perform calculations, as these skills will be tested in the 3-mark and 4-mark questions.

5. Practice, practice, practice: The best way to prepare for IB Paper 2 is to practice. Make sure you practice answering different types of questions and work on improving your writing skills.


Tips for the Exam


1. Read the questions carefully: Make sure you understand what each question is asking before you start writing your answer.

2. Use the extract material: As mentioned earlier, the extract material is there to help you. Make sure you use it to your advantage, especially in the 15-mark question.

3. Manage your time effectively: IB Paper 2 is a 105-minute exam, and it is important to manage your time effectively. Leave yourself 55 minutes for the 15-mark question and 50 minutes for the other questions.

4. Stay calm and focused: The IB Paper 2 exam can be stressful, but it is important to stay calm and focused. Take deep breaths, and don't panic if you don't know the answer to a question.


In conclusion, IB Paper 2 is an important component of the economics curriculum for IB students. By following the tips and tricks outlined in this blog, students can prepare and perform well in this exam, and achieve the highest possible marks.

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