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"If Bruce and Sabir were IB exams, it would take me a long time to do them both at the same time...because you know, IB exams are difficult to an extent."

- Seymour Pene.

Any IB exams can be difficult if you are not 99.9% prepared. However, all hope is not lost. Consider these helpful tips to do well on the IB Mathematics SL Exam.

Facts about the exam.

1. All IB exams are conducted in May of each school year. So from September to May, you have enough time to prepare under the astonishing tutelage of Ms. Jong.

2. There are 2 papers for this curriculum. Paper 1 and Paper 2 covers most of what you've learned. IB tends to focus more on vectors, calculus (differential and some integrals), statistics, probability and a little bit of sequences and series.

3. You can use your graphing calculator but you must have all your data cleared before or prior to the start of the examination.

4. All answer must be written in blue or black ink. Scratch work can be done on separate paper with pencil if you prefer to.

5. Every IB math student (studies, methods or mathematics) is given a packet during examination. THis packet contains all formulas, equations and tables. So you don't have to memorize everything, it's better to recognize the math problem and apply a method. Hence, that's why the class is (was) called "IB Math Methods."

Super Kool Advice

1. Do ALL your homework. THe more work you've done, the more prepared you are simple as that. Be prepared to make mistakes and learn from it.

2. Study ahead of time. Ok, you're home on a friday night and all your friends ditched you to go to the movies. Who says you can't have a party on your own?!?! If you study and learn ahead, you'll make less mistakes which shows that you know your stuff really well.

3. Complete your IA (internal Assessment) at least 1 day before it's due. THat way you can have time in class to go over your work and make any last changes. The IA can make a differenc on your IB grade as well as your exam score in the bigger picture.

4. If you're planning to keep a binder of notes, take it serious otherwise you're wasting your time. Honestly, some people do better in class than other because of their binder. However, if you're confident you understand and able to solve any problem, the binder is taking up space in your backpack. Your notes can be helpful in reviewing and preparing for IB exams because it's reliable and understandable since you are its creator.

5. Practice writing legibly and learn how to conserve space. IB moderators won't score your answer if they can't read it.

6. Answer EVERY QUESTION on the exam. IB will only grade what you answer and won't deduct points for not answering the problem. Even if you answered it wrong but showed the method, you will earn at least 50% of the total marks.

Other than that, best of luck to you on exam day, and congragulations for following our suggestions. This is Bruce and Sabir saying "Stay Classy San Dee-Ago"