The Internal Assessment is an individual project of 1500 words.
It is a chance to study a topic that interests you which is not covered by the syllabus.
It can cover any historical topic of your choice.
The mark awarded for the study accounts for 20% of the final grade for Higher Level students, and 25% for Standard Level students.
It is marked by the history teacher within the school but is subject to moderation by the IB board.
Click on the following headings to get guidance in choosing a question and writing your study.
There are also fifteen exemplar studies for download from students at the International School of Toulouse which were all graded in the top level by the examiner!
The first draft of the study is submitted in the first week of September and is used (along with Summer Examination results and prior classwork and homework) to help the teacher to decide upon a predicted grade for students' university applications. In the case of “borderline” students only, the teacher may agree to increase the predicted grade by one point if the candidate's final draft, submitted at the end of September, reaches a sufficiently high mark.
You should download and read this Timetable and Procedures for the History Internal Assessment.
Start by considering if there is a period / place / person / issue in history that would like to investigate further. Maybe this is something you have read a little about, watched a film about or are interested in from your other studies / hobbies. The only strict rule is that anything that happened in the past 20 years is not allowed.
The three main focuses of study tend to be focused on
EITHER Causes of an event / situation;
OR Consequences of an event / situation
OR Relevance of particular evidence about an event / situation (e.g. a painting, novel, film, biography).
The following resources may help you in your quest for a topic: