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IB Exam Schedule 2024: A Comprehensive Guide for Australian Students

Are you an IB student in Australia preparing for exams? The November 2024 IB exam schedule is out. Start planning your study strategy now with our guide to prepare effectively and confidently.

Grace Magusara
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June 26, 2024
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Are you an IB student in Australia gearing up for your exams? The November 2024 IB Diploma Programme and IB Career-related Programme examination schedule has been released, and it's time to start planning your study strategy. This guide will break down everything you need to know about the upcoming IB exams, helping you prepare effectively and confidently.

Key Dates for Your IB Exams in November 2024

The IB examination period for November 2024 spans four weeks. Here's a detailed view of the exam schedule:

Date Morning Session (9:00 AM) Afternoon Session (1:00 PM)
Week 1
Fri, 18 Oct School-based syllabus SL paper 1 No exams
Mon, 21 Oct School-based syllabus SL paper 2 Business Management HL/SL paper 1;
Global Politics HL/SL paper 1;
Philosophy HL/SL paper 1
Tue, 22 Oct Business Management HL/SL paper 2;
Global Politics HL/SL paper 2;
Philosophy HL/SL paper 2
Biology HL/SL papers 1 and 3
Wed, 23 Oct Biology HL/SL paper 2 Language A Literature HL/SL paper 1;
Language A Language and Literature HL/SL paper 1
(except English and Spanish)
Thu, 24 Oct Language A Literature HL/SL paper 2;
Language A Language and Literature HL/SL paper 2
(except English and Spanish)
Mathematics HL/SL paper 1
(Analysis and Approaches, Applications and Interpretation)
Fri, 25 Oct Mathematics HL/SL paper 2
(Analysis and approaches, Applications and Interpretation)
Spanish A Literature HL/SL paper 1;
Spanish A Language and Literature HL/SL paper 1;
Spanish B HL/SL paper 2 (Listening)
Week 2
Mon, 28 Oct Spanish A Literature HL/SL paper 2;
Spanish A Language and Literature HL/SL paper 2;
Spanish B HL/SL papers 1 and 2 (Reading)
Computer science HL/SL paper 1;
Environmental Systems and Societies SL paper 1
Tue, 29 Oct Computer science HL/SL papers 2 and 3 Language B HL/SL papers 1 and 2 (except English and Spanish);
Latin HL/SL paper 1;
Environmental Systems and Societies SL paper 2;
Mathematics HL paper 3
Wed, 30 Oct Language B HL/SL paper 2 (Listening, except English and Spanish);
Latin HL/SL paper 2
History HL/SL papers 1 and 2
Thu, 31 Oct No exams No exams
Fri, 1 Nov No exams No exams
Week 3
Mon, 4 Nov History HL paper 3 Chemistry HL/SL papers 1 and 3;
Design Technology HL/SL papers 1 and 2
Tue, 5 Nov Chemistry HL/SL paper 2; Design technology HL paper 3 English A Literature HL/SL paper 1;
English A Language and Literature HL/SL paper 1;
English B HL/SL papers 1 and 2 (Reading)
Wed, 6 Nov English A Literature HL/SL paper 2;
English A Language and Literature HL/SL paper 2;
English B HL/SL paper 2 (Listening)
Digital Society HL/SL paper 1; Geography HL/SL paper 1;
Psychology HL/SL paper 1;
Social and Cultural anthropology HL/SL paper 1;
Literature and Performance SL paper 1
Thu, 7 Nov Digital Society HL/SL paper 2;
Digital Society HL paper 3;
Geography HL/SL paper 2;
Geography HL paper 3;
Psychology HL/SL papers 2 and 3;
Social and Cultural anthropology HL/SL paper 2
Physics HL/SL papers 1 and 3;
Sports, Exercise and Health Science HL/SL papers 1 and 3
Fri, 8 Nov Physics HL/SL paper 2;
Sports, Exercise and Health Science HL/SL paper 2
Economics HL/SL paper 2
Week 4
Mon, 11 Nov Economics HL/SL papers 1 and 3 No exams

Key Points to Remember:

  1. This schedule is for all exam Zone A.
  2. Some days have both morning and afternoon sessions, while others have only one or no exams.
  3. The schedule is designed to spread out high-candidature subjects and maintain continuity for most subjects.
  4. Always double-check your personal exam timetable, as it may vary slightly based on your specific subject combinations.

By familiarising yourself with this schedule early, you can plan your study time effectively, ensuring you're well-prepared for each exam as it comes. Remember to also check with your school's IB coordinator for any local variations or additional instructions.

Study Tips for Australian IB Students

  1. Create a personalised study plan: Based on your exam schedule, develop a tailored study plan that focuses on your specific subjects and exam dates.
  2. Master time management: Practice allocating your time wisely, especially for subjects with multiple papers on the same day.
  3. Simulate exam conditions: Try taking practice tests under conditions that mimic the actual IB exams, including timing and format.
  4. Use past papers: Familiarise yourself with question types and exam structures by working through previous years' IB exam papers.
  5. Learn stress management techniques: Develop strategies to stay calm during the intensive exam period, such as deep breathing or mindfulness exercises.

Preparing for Key IB Subjects

Mathematics

There are two IB Maths courses

  1. Analysis and Approaches (AA)
  2. Applications and Interpretation (AI)

Study Tips:

  • Practice regularly with past papers and IB-style questions
  • Spend more time on topics that you find harder
  • Focus on understanding concepts rather than just memorising formulas
  • Use graphing calculators effectively (know your device's functions)
  • Create formula sheets for quick revision
  • Solve problems from various sources to expose yourself to different question styles

Exam Strategy:

  • Read each question carefully, identifying key information
  • Show all your working - you can earn partial marks even if the final answer is incorrect
  • Manage your time wisely, especially in Paper 2 where questions can be longer
Mathematics

Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Study Tips:

  • Create summary notes for each topic, focusing on key concepts and formulas
  • Review lab reports and understand experimental procedures
  • Use mnemonics and diagrams to memorise complex processes
  • Practice data analysis and graph interpretation questions

Exam Strategy:

  • In multiple-choice questions, eliminate obviously wrong answers first
  • For extended response questions, use scientific terminology and structure your answers clearly
  • In data-based questions, always refer to the data provided in your answers

Languages

English A: Literature and Language & Literature

Study Tips:

  • Practice literary analysis techniques
  • Develop a robust list of quotes and examples from your texts
  • Develop your ability to compare and contrast different texts
  • Identify key themes in your texts and get comfortable explaining them in different settings
  • Work on your essay-writing skills, focusing on structure and argumentation

Exam Strategy:

  • Spend 5-10 minutes planning your essays before writing to ensure a coherent structure where your paragraphs are separate and contain new ideas
  • Use relevant quotations to support your arguments
  • Manage your time carefully, especially in Paper 1 where you need to analyse unseen texts
English

Humanities

History

Study Tips:

  • Create timelines for key historical periods
  • Practice analysing historical sources
  • Understand historiography - how different historians interpret events
  • Use past papers to familiarise yourself with question styles

Exam Strategy:

  • In Paper 1, focus on analysing the sources provided
  • For essays, create a clear thesis statement and support it with relevant historical evidence

Geography

Study Tips:

  • Understand key geographical concepts and models
  • Practice drawing and interpreting maps, graphs, and diagrams
  • Stay informed about current global issues that can help make your point while answering questions
  • Review case studies from different parts of the world and remember key facts and figures that can help you make your point when answering questions

Exam Strategy:

  • Use geographical terminology accurately
  • Support your answers with specific examples and case studies (make sure to reference figures)
Geography

Economics

Study Tips:

  • Master key economic concepts and theories
  • Practice drawing and interpreting economic diagrams
  • Stay updated with current economic news, both in Australia and globally
  • Work through past paper questions, particularly data response questions

Exam Strategy:

  • Use economic terminology accurately
  • Support your arguments with real-world examples
  • In Paper 3, focus on your calculation and data interpretation skills

Psychology

Study Tips:

  • Understand the three approaches: biological, cognitive, and socio-cultural
  • Learn key studies and be able to evaluate them
  • Practice applying psychological theories to real-life situations
  • Create mind maps to visualise connections between different concepts

Exam Strategy:

  • Use psychological terminology accurately
  • In Paper 1, practice planning and writing short answers quickly
  • For essays, ensure you evaluate studies and theories, not just describe them
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Conclusion

As an IB student in Australia, you're embarking on an exciting and challenging academic journey. By understanding the November 2024 examination timetable and implementing effective study strategies, you're setting yourself up for success.

Stay organised, manage your time wisely, and don't forget to take care of your mental and physical health during this intense period. With careful planning and dedicated effort, you can excel in your IB exams and open doors to fantastic opportunities in Australia and beyond.

Good luck with your studies, and remember – you've got this!

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