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Should I study IB Physics?

IB Physics is offered at Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL). If you would like to study Physics or Engineering related disciplines at university, it is recommended that you do Physics at HL. Please note that if you are applying to Physics and Engineering at top UK/US universities, IB Mathematics HL is either a pre-requisite or highly desirable.

How to get a 7 in IB Physics?

IB Physics mainly focuses on application of the theory. Most students are good at mathematical manipulation but might still struggle to relate the problem with the theory. Translating it into the right formula and explaining the phenomena with relevant theory can also be challenging. In a Physics IA, you shall select a topic with ‘well related’ independent and dependent variable, so that a formula can be derived to relate those variables. You should minimize the uncertainty of the measurement as much as possible, as well as analysing the data set with graphical method and presenting the uncertainty of the data to fulfil the grading criteria of the Physics IA.

Besides teaching the essential Physics concepts, our lessons and courses focus heavily on technique for organized revision, relating the physics theory to daily life and analyzing and practicing the different types questions. We use our proprietary study guides and workbooks (co-edited with senior IB examiners), as well as past exam questions sorted by topics to help you to achieve top grades.

In addition, we also provide coaching on Physics IA 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 make sure the grading criteria are met.

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

Our IB Physics 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