Paper 1 – outline

Check the Subject Guide and with your teacher for official information about Paper 1.

Paper 1 is an External assessment and is marked by the IB.  The teacher is not involved in the marking of external assessments.

Paper 1 is different for Standard Level and Higher Level students.

Paper 1 SL details:

  • 1hr 15 min.
  • 35% weighting
  • Paper 1 has two non-literary passages (these could be whole short texts or extracts from longer texts). Students will not know what the texts are beforehand.
  • The two passages will not be the same text type.
  • Each passage will have a guiding question although students are not required to answer it.
  • Students must choose ONE passage to analyze.

Paper 1 HL details:

  • 2 hrs 15 min
  • 35% weighting
  • Paper 1 has two non-literary passages (these could be whole short texts or extracts from longer texts). Students will not know what the texts are beforehand.
  • The two passages will not be the same text type.
  • Each passage will have a guiding question although students are not required to answer it.
  • Students must write an analysis for both passages. The analysis for each passage is done separately.
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