Part of practicing for the test means building up your testing endurance so that you're not making careless errors or losing focus towards the end of the tests.
IB History HL includes a third, 2.5-hour paper administered on a second day of testing, which you should also try to match in your practice schedule.
(While the IBO site has a sample SL/HL paper 2 available for free, it's from November 2005, predating the most recent syllabus updates.) Currently, the IB store has papers from 2011 through 2018, but we recommend only purchasing papers from May 2017 tests or later, as those are the exams that match the new syllabus.
Be sure to check not just the test date but also the depth-study area for each exam paper and markscheme you purchase to make sure they match up—you wouldn't want to purchase a History of Asia and Oceania exam paper but a History of Europe markscheme!
Because they're not on the official IB site, however, we urge you to use these with caution.
Paper 1 prompts and grading Paper 2 prompts These papers are before the IB History course was revamped in 2017, so the topics the papers cover won't be exactly what you see for your course.
You need to take at least an hour reviewing your exam.
I know this may seem like a lot of time, but you want quality practice. If you're more interested in political history, be sure to also check out our articles on checks and balances in the US government and how the executive branch can check the judicial branch.
If you only end up taking two practice tests with detailed review, you will be better prepared than if you took six tests with no review. Round out your studying with our complete IB History notes and study guide. Or perhaps you're interested in learning something that might not come up in history class?
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