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Which level of IB Maths should I take

There are four levels in IB Maths: Maths Studies SL, Maths SL, Maths HL and Further Maths HL. It is recommended that you take Maths at HL if you are aiming for disciplines like Engineering, Physics, Maths and Economics at competitive UK universities. For other disciplines, you are recommended to take Maths SL.

The internal assessment in IB Maths is called Exploration, which requires students to write a 8-12 page report on their topic of interest. Students need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the concepts involved in Maths Exploration, as well as being able to discuss its application and evaluate its limitations. Usually, students choose topics such as modelling or pure maths for their Maths Exploration.

How to get a 7 in IB Maths

Students usually find it difficult to apply textbook concepts in exams, as IB exams are very application based and require students to understand the concepts rather than simply apply the formula. The Exploration, from the planning stage to the final written piece, is found to be equally challenging. In order to get a solid 7, you need to perform well in both the Exploration and the IB Maths external exam.

How CANA coaches students to achieve a 7 in IB Maths

In CANA’s IB Math lessons and courses, you not only learn the concepts but also acquire the skills to apply them in your exams and Exploration. We use past exam questions alongside our proprietary study guides and workbooks (co-edited with senior IB examiners) to allow you access to the top grades.

IB Math tutors at CANA are experienced in providing guidance in Maths Exploration through the following:

  • helping you select a topic which matches your interest and ability.
  • providing guidance on research direction/experiment methodology where appropriate.
  • reviewing your work to ensure the grading criteria is met.

We recommend that you send us your Exploration topic or contact us early to brainstorm together, so we can prepare properly and maximise your lesson time.

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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