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Every IB Business and Management Past Paper Available: FREE and Official

Posted by Dora Seigel | Nov 4, 2018 10:02:00 AM

International Baccalaureate (IB)


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 like you would for any standardized test such as the PSAT, SAT or ACT, with practice tests.

Preparing for the IB exams 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 advice on how to use them to ace your real IB test.


Free IB Business and Management Past Papers Links

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

IB Business and Management SL


IB Business and Management HL


Paid IB Business and Management Past Papers Links

To download safe IB Business and Management SL/HL past papers, purchase them from the IBO. The IBO store has IB Business and Management SL past papers and IB Business and Management HL past papers from 2011 to 2015 available for purchase.

Note: The IBO sells each paper and mark scheme individually (boo); an individual paper or mark scheme costs 1.99 Pounds or about $3. This means a full test (with all papers and mark schemes) will cost about $12. Buying everything from 2011 to 2015 will be costly, so only buy the 2 most recent (November 2014 and May 2015) past papers. These past papers will be the most similar to your test, and two exams will provide plenty of practice.



How to Use These Exams

An IB Business and Management test will take you 3 hours for SL or 4.5 hours for HL. If you are going to invest that much time, you need to be maximizing your learning from these tests. To make sure you get the most out of each practice test, follow these rules:


#1: Split the Test Between Two Days.

In May 2015, the IBO scheduled Paper 1 and Papers 2 on two separate days. You should copy this schedule so that your practice is realistic. Having to hold on to the information over multiple days makes it difficult to cram for this test. You need to have mastered the IB Business and Management concepts and be able to write intelligently about them.


#2: Use Exact Timing.

Make sure you time yourself so that you force yourself to practice your pacing. The time allowed per paper is:

Business and Management SL

  • Paper 1—1 hour 15 minutes
  • Paper 2—1 hour 45 minutes

Business and Management HL

  • Paper 1—2 hours 15 minutes
  • Paper 2—2 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 real timing so that you have a realistic indicator of your IB score.


#3 (and the most important): Review!

After completing all papers, review your exam with the mark scheme. Why do you need to review? Reviewing helps you figure out what mistakes you are making or what information you do not know BEFORE you take the real IB Business and Management exam. If you don’t check your answers, 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 1 practice test with in-depth review is far superior to taking 8 tests without review.


What’s Next?

Learn more about IB Business and Management and related topics:

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