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Every IB Math Past Paper Available: Free and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Oct 9, 2015 3:00:00 PM

International Baccalaureate (IB)

 

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No matter which IB Math you take, the test can be stressful. For many students, achieving a 6 or better is necessary to get you out of college Math requirements. Even if you are not aiming for a 6 or better, you need to pass to better your chances of getting your IB Diploma. You have spent years studying for this moment. To ensure you are prepared, I highly recommend sitting for at least one practice test using IB Math past papers.

In this article, I will let you know where you can find free and paid IB Math past papers for Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL, and Further Mathematics HL. Also, I will give you advice on how to get the most out of your practice.

 

Where to Find Free IB Math Past Papers

Warning: these free past papers are most likely not authorized by the IBO and were put online without the IBO’s consent.

IB Mathematical Studies SL

IB Mathematics SL

IB Mathematics HL

 

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NOTE: Further Mathematics is labeled as SL (before 2014 it was only offered at SL, but now it’s only offered as HL). 

IB Further Mathematics HL

I haven’t found any unofficial IB Math past papers (ones created by people other than the IBO). If you stumble upon any, don’t use them! You need to be using REAL IB Math past papers to get realistic practice.


Where to Find Paid IB Math Past Papers

The IBO sells the IB Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, Mathematics HL (Series and Differential Equations, Discrete Mathematics, Sets, Relations, and GroupsStatistics and Probability, and Calculus) and Further Mathematics HL past papers from 2011 to 2015 on their website. Buying from the IBO store is the only way to guarantee you are getting safe and real past papers.

The IBO sells each paper and mark scheme separately (WHY, IBO?!); each costs 1.99 Pounds or a little over $3. A complete IB Math test (with all papers and mark schemes) will cost you about $12. Purchasing all tests from 2011 to 2015 will be expensive and unnecessary. I recommend purchasing the most recent (November 2014 and May 2015) past papers as they will be the most similar to your own.


How to Use These Past Papers

A full practice test will take you between 3 and 5 hours depending on your Math class, so you need to get the most out of each one. Keep these tips in mind:

 

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Tip #1: Take each paper a different day.

The papers are split among 2 days for Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, and Further Mathematics HL and 3 days for Mathematics HL. Don’t take the practice test in one day. In your practice, take the test over 2 or 3 days, so that you get used to the schedule for your exam.

 

Tip #2: Keep exact time

You need to familiarize yourself with the timing of this test. On each paper, you have:

Mathematical Studies SL

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

Mathematics SL

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

Mathematics HL

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

Further Mathematics HL

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

In your practice, don't allow yourself even an extra second. If you give yourself more time, you won’t get used to the timing pressures of the real test and will likely score higher in your practice then you will the day of the test. These practice test should be accurate representations of your eventual test score.

 

Tip #3: Check your mistakes against the Mark Scheme

Once you finish your full test, you must review your mistakes. If you do not, you won’t learn from your mistakes, and you'll keep getting the same questions wrong.

Spend a minimum of an hour on this step. This may seem like a lot of time, but you want quality practice, not quantity. Taking 1 practice exam with detailed review is better than taking 8 tests with no review.

 

What’s Next?

Learn more about IB Math:

  • IB Math Study Guide (Coming Soon!)

Learn more about IB:

 

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Dora Seigel
About the Author

As an SAT/ACT tutor, Dora has guided many students to test prep success. She loves watching students succeed and is committed to helping you get there. Dora received a full-tuition merit based scholarship to University of Southern California. She graduated magna cum laude and scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT. She is also passionate about acting, writing, and photography.



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