If you want to do well on your IB exams (which you should since acing them will get you college credits!), you need to prepare as you would for any other standardized test: with practice tests.
But preparing for an IB exam doesn't simply mean reviewing your class notes. You should use IB Business and Management past papers as practice tests so that you feel prepared for the length, format, and types of questions asked.
In this article, I'll provide you with links to IB Business and Management past papers, free and official. Additionally, I'll give you advice on how to use them to ace the real IB Business and Management test.
2021 IB Exam Changes Due to COVID-19
Because of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, May 2021 IB assessments will have two routes, exam and non-exam, depending on which your school chooses. Stay up to date with the latest information on what this means for IB diplomas, course credit for IB classes, and more with our 2021 IB COVID-19 FAQ article.
Free IB Business and Management Past Papers Links
The IB has cracked down on illegally uploaded real past papers in the last few years, so many previous sources are no longer available.
Compounding this problem, the IB so far has not provided any free sample IB Business and Management exam papers on its website. We'll be sure to update this article as soon as they do with links, though!
While searching for "free IB Business and Management papers" online might still turn up some results, we do not recommend using them, as there's no guarantee those papers are real past IB papers. Instead, we suggest using the relatively inexpensive official paid IB past papers and mark schemes for further practice.
Paid IB Business and Management Past Papers Links
To download safe and official IB Business and Management SL/HL past papers and mark schemes, purchase them from the Follet IB store directly.
Currently, the store offers several sets of English-language IB Business and Management SL past papers and IB Business and Management HL past papers from 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. There are a small number of past IB Business and Management papers in French and Spanish available as well.
Unfortunately, the IB sells each paper and mark scheme individually (boo). An individual paper or mark scheme costs either $3 or $3.99 for more recent ones. This means that a full test with all papers and mark schemes costs anywhere from $12 to $16.
Buying everything on this site will be costly (not to mention it'll be in different languages!), so we recommend that you only buy the most recent (2019 and 2020) papers. These will be the most similar to your IB Business and Management exam, and two exams should provide you with plenty of practice.
How to Use IB Business and Management Practice Exams
An IB Business and Management test will take you three hours for SL or four and a half hours for HL. If you're going to invest that much time, you'll need to be maximizing your learning from these tests.
To make sure you get the most out of each Business and Management practice test, follow these three essential tips.
#1: Spread Out the Test Over Two Days
Typically, IB Business and Management Paper 1 and Papers 2 are held on two separate days before and after a weekend. If possible, you should copy this schedule exactly so that your practice can be as realistic as possible. At the very least, make sure you're taking the two papers on two different days.
Having to hold on to the information over multiple days (with a weekend in between!) makes it difficult to cram for the IB Business and Management test. You'll need to have mastered the IB Business and Management concepts and be able to write intelligently about them.
#2: Use Exact Timing
It's important that you time yourself so that you force yourself to practice your pacing. The time allowed per IB Business and Management paper is as follows:
- Business and Management SL
- Paper 1: One hour 15 minutes
- Paper 2: One hour 45 minutes
- Business and Management HL
- Paper 1: Two hours 15 minutes
- Paper 2: Two hours 15 minutes
Do not stray from this timing, not even by a minute. You need to get used to the actual exam timing. Also, you'll get an inflated practice exam score if you allow yourself extra time. Don't do it! Stick to the actual timing so that you have a realistic indicator of your IB score.
#3: Review, Review, Review!
And now we get to the most important tip: after completing your IB Business and Management papers, review your exam using the mark scheme.
Why do you need to review? Reviewing helps you figure out what mistakes you're making and what information you don't know before you take the real exam. If you don't check your answers on your practice test(s), you'll make the same mistakes on the actual IB Business and Management test.
Take some time (at minimum an hour) to review your answers. Taking one IB Business and Management practice test with in-depth review is far superior to taking eight tests without review!
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