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ArdinglyPsych/IB

SL Psychology 2012-2014

IB SL Psychology External Assessment

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ArdinglyPsych/IB SL Psychology 2012-2014

Paper 1
Duration: 2 hours: The assessment weighting of this paper at SL is 50%. Paper 1 assesses the core of the syllabus: the biological, cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis. The paper is divided into two sections (section A and section B). It is recommended that students spend approximately one hour on section A and one hour on section B. The maximum mark for the paper is 46.

Section A
The purpose of this section is to assess students knowledge and understanding of all three levels of analysis. Students are required to answer three shortanswer questions, one on the syllabus content of each level of analysis. Assessment objective 1 (knowledge and comprehension) and 2 (application and analysis) command terms will be used in section A questions, students could be required to: analyse; apply; define; describe; distinguish; explain; outline; state. The maximum mark for section A is 24.

Section B
The purpose of this section is to assess students knowledge and understanding of the levels of analysis. Theoretical and/or empirical support is required in all answers. Students are required to answer one out of a choice of three essay questions drawn from the learning outcomes of the levels of analysis. In order to access the full range of marks available in the assessment criteria, all questions in section B of paper 1 will include an assessment objective 3 command term (synthesis and evaluation). Within a question, assessment objective 1 and 2 command terms may also be used. The maximum mark for section B is 22.

Paper 2
Duration: 1 hour. The assessment weighting of this paper at SL is 25%. Paper 2 assesses the option component of the syllabus: There are fifteen questions on the five options, three on each of the following options: Abnormal psychology; Developmental psychology; Health psychology; Psychology of human relationships; Sport psychology. SL students spend one hour on paper 2 and are required to answer one question (each question is worth 22 marks). The purpose of this paper is to assess students knowledge and understanding of the option studied and to give students the opportunity to demonstrate application of psychological research, analysis, synthesis and evaluation in relation to the option. Evidence of critical thinking is expected to be an important element of student responses (see Critical thinking in psychology: A framework for evaluation in section Approaches to the teaching of psychology). Theoretical and/or empirical support is required in all answers. The maximum mark for the paper is 22.

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Assessment criteria for paper 1: Section A


The framework below provides a general guide for teachers to the assessment of responses to paper 1 section A questions. Mark schemes prepared for each examination question guide the awarding of marks by examiners.

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Assessment Criteria Paper 2

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Command Terms:

Analyse Apply Compare

Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure. Use an idea, equation, principle, theory or law in relation to a given problem or issue. Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout.

Compare and Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout. Contrast Contrast Define Describe Discuss Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations, referring to both (all) of them throughout. Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase concepts or physical quality Give a detailed account Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence. Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items. Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations. Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue. Give a detailed account including reasons or causes. Give a brief account or summary Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation. Consider the merits or otherwise of an argument or concept. Opinions and conclusions should be presented clearly and supported with appropriate evidence and sound argument.

Distinguish Evaluate Examine Explain Outline State To what extent


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Extra bits and pieces: Links:


YouTube video on how to answer Paper 1 first three questions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fZ3ZanuTng&feature=g-upl

Paper 1: Section A requires the skills of the lower level of Blooms taxonomy.

Image source: http://juliaec.wordpress.com/2011/03/23/blooms-taxonomy-encouraging-higher-cognitive-thinking-in-primaryschool-classrooms/

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