IB Assessment Paper 1

External assessment details—SL Paper 1: Receptive skills Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Weighting: 25% Paper 1 is based on the core: communication and media, global issues, social relationships. This paper is externally set and externally assessed. It assesses, through a number of questions, the students’ ability to read a range of texts. The text booklet consists of four texts. The question and answer booklet contains questions on those texts. The student’s understanding of the written texts is assessed, not the student’s knowledge of the topic. All texts and questions are in the target language and all responses must be written in the target language. The following list, which is not exhaustive, gives some text types with which students are encouraged to be familiar. These may be presented in electronic format.

  • Article, column
  • Blog
  • Brochure, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, advertisement
  • Essay
  • Interview in any form
  • News report
  • Report
  • Review
  • Set of instructions, guidelines
  • Written correspondence Text-handling exercises Questions assess a range of receptive skills such as understanding overall meaning, scanning texts for particular details, and understanding structural features. These are the types of questions that may appear in paper 1.
  • Gap-filling exercises based on comprehension of the text
  • Identifying precise references of key phrases or structures (for example, “In line x, to whom does the word ‘they’ refer?”)
  • Identifying related ideas that are in different parts of the text
  • Identifying specific content items
  • Identifying true sentences according to the text
  • Identifying whether an explanation or definition is true or false, and finding the evidence for this in the text
  • Identifying who says what in a text or a series of short texts
  • Matching summary sentences with different paragraphs of the text
  • Matching words or phrases from the text with definitions
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Short-answer questions

Paper 1 Past paper Vocabulary List 

25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area


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