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Every IB Geography Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 9, 2015 4:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)



If you are preparing for your IB Geography SL/HL papers, studying your notes is likely not enough to get a 7. Taking practice tests using IB Geography SL/HL past papers is the only way to ensure you know what to expect the day of your exam. You will be better prepared because you will know the test length and format. You will be more confident because you will have seen the types of questions asked.

In this article, I will let you know where to find IB Geography SL/HL past papers, free and paid, to help you excel on your own IB Geography exam.        

Where to Find Free IB Geography Past Papers

Disclaimer: These free past papers should be used at your own risk, as they're hosted on other sites and not by the IBO.

IB Geography Standard Level Links 

IB Geography Higher Level Links

I only included links to copies of real IB Geography past papers from 2010 to present. I only recommend using those from 2010 to present since there have been a couple syllabus changes since 2010, older tests will most likely be too different from the current test to be useful. 

I haven't found any unofficial IB Geography past papers (ones created by people other than the IBO). If you find one, I DO NOT recommend using it, as it most likely will be very different from the actual IB Geography test. 


Where to Find Paid IB Geography Past Papers

To get secure IB Geography past papers, buy them from the IBO. Their store has IB Geography SL and IB Geography HL past papers from 2011 to 2015 available for purchase.




Unfortunately, the IBO has each paper and mark scheme available for purchase individually (WHY?!); an individual paper or mark scheme will cost you 1.99 Pounds or about $3. Which means a full test (with all papers and mark schemes) will cost around $12 or $18, for SL and HL respectively. Paying for all of the exams and mark schemes from 2011 to 2015 will be costly. Only splurge for the 2 most recent (November 2014 and May 2015) past papers that will provide plenty of practice and those tests will be the most similar to your own.

How to Use These Past Papers

A full practice IB Geography test will take you 2 hours and 50 minutes for SL or 4 hours and 30 minutes for HL. If you are going to spend that much time, you need to be getting realistic practice and learning from these tests. To ensure you do, follow these guidelines.


#1: Take the Test Over 2 Days

The actual IB exam schedule splits Paper 1 and Papers 2 and 3 over 2 days. SL and HL students take Paper 1 the first day. Both take Paper 2 the second day, and HL students also take Paper 3 the second day. You should mimic this schedule so that you have realistic practice.


#2: Use Accurate Test Timing

You need to get used to the pacing of the test. The time allowed per paper is:

Geography SL

  • Paper 1 - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper 2 - 1 hour 20 minutes




Geography HL

  • Paper 1 - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper 2 - 2 hours
  • Paper 3 - 1 hour

Stick to this timing exactly. Don’t give yourself even an extra second. Otherwise, you won’t be prepared for the pacing of the real exam.

Also, you will likely get an unrealistic, inflated practice test score if you give yourself extra time. Stick to the real timing, so you get a realistic practice test score.


#3: Check Your Answers

Once you finish your exam, review your mistakes. You need to review so that you figure out what you are doing wrong BEFORE you take the real IB Geography exam. If you do not review, you will not know what mistakes you are making and will make the same ones on the actual IB Geography exam.

Take a bit of time (at minimum an hour) to review. You should be emphasizing the quality of your practice and not the quantity of practice. It is far better to take 2 practice tests with in-depth review than 8 tests with no review.


What’s Next?

Learn more about IB Geography:

  • IB Geography Study Guide (Coming Soon!)

Check out where to find past papers for your other classes:


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