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IB History


The International Baccalaureate in History is offered at Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). If you aspire to study Law, Politics, International Relations or History at university, it is strongly recommended that you study HL History to give you a more competitive academic profile and improve your foundational knowledge on the subject.

Content & Assessment

Students study one prescribed subject, covering two cross-regional case studies and two world history topics. Students doing the HL will cover three additional topics based on a specific region, and all students must complete the internal assessment (IA)—a historical investigation into a topic of their choice. SL students will sit two final exam papers, while HL students will sit three. The first exam is source based, and students are expected to demonstrate their ability to use historical sources. The second and third exam papers require students to write essays; students should be able to formulate a thesis and use their knowledge and analytical skills to support it.

How to Score 6-7 in IB History

The exam papers account for 75% and 80% of the SL and HL courses respectively. Therefore, it is essential that you develop your essay writing skills and your ability to analyse evidence in relation to the question asked. A common pitfall is for students to relate events as they happened without analysing why these events were significant.

Teachers at CANA will work on improving your analytical abilities as well as the structure of your responses, improving your chances of achieving top marks. We are also experienced in providing guidance in History IA through the following:

  • helping you select a topic which matches your interest and ability.
  • providing guidance on investigation direction.
  • reviewing your work, and ensuring that the grading criteria are met.

We recommend you to send us your IA topic or contact us to brainstorm together early, so we can prepare properly before the lesson.

Our IB History Tutors


The IB was tough and grueling program, but I credit my peers, teachers and the wonderful tutors at Cana for providing a challenging and fulfilling environment for me to learn. Cana tutors are not only knowledgeable in their fields but also approachable; willing and able to answer any questions I had on hand. Overall, I'm really happy with completing the IB and I can definitely say that the feeling of accomplishment after receiving my score made all the hard work worth it.

Eunice Canadian International School, 45/45 in IBDP