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Overview: May 2021 Exam Changes

We know that many of you are confused about the recent changes made to the May 2021 examination, but don’t worry! We are here to help and give you a complete rundown of all the changes that have been made to each of the six IB subject groups:

Group 1

Language A – Language and Literature: 
• Paper 2, which is the comparative essay between two studied texts, is now removed 

Language A – Literature:
• Paper 2, which is the comparative response to a question based on two works studied, is now removed

Group 2

Language B – HL: 
• The listening section of Paper 2 has now been removed
• In the IA, students will be now be shown 2 extracts instead of 1

Language B – SL: 
• The listening section of Paper 2 has now been removed
• In the IA, students can now be shown visuals from each of the 5 themes, instead of being one of two themes

Language B – Ab Initio: 
• The listening section of Paper 2 has now been removed
• In the IA, students will be now be shown 2 extracts instead of 1

Group 3

Business Management – HL:
• Paper 1 section C (20 marker) is now completely removed
• Paper 2 section C (CUEGIS) is now completely removed

Business Management – SL:
• In paper 1 section C, students only answer one question instead of two
• Paper 2 section C (CUEGIS) is now completely removed

Economics
• Paper 1 → students only answer one question from Section A and B

Geography
• Paper 1 → students only answer questions for one option
• Paper 2 Section C is now completely removed

Global Politics – HL:
• Paper 1 is now completely removed
• Paper 2 → Students now have to answer two essays
• Only one Hl presentation will be required

Global Politics – SL:
• Paper 1 is now completely removed

History – HL:
• Paper 2 → students answer one question
• Paper 3 → students answer two essays, each from a different section

History – SL:
• Paper 2 → students answer one question

Information Technology in a Global Society 
• Paper 2 is completely removed

Philosophy
• Paper 1 Section B is now completely removed

Psychology – HL:
• Paper 2 → students only answer one question
• Paper 3 is now completely removed

Psychology – SL:
• Paper 2 is now completely removed

Social Anthropology – HL:
• Paper 2 Section B is now completely removed

Social Anthropology – SL:
• Paper 1 → Question 5 is now removed
• Paper 2 Section B is now completely removed

World Religions:
• Paper 1 → students only answer one question from each of the three sections
• Paper 2 → students only answer one question from Section A or B

Group 4

*Group 4 Project requirement removed for all Sciences

Biology
• Paper 3 is now completely removed

Chemistry
• Paper 3 is now completely removed

Computer Science
• Paper 2 (Web Science) is now completely removed

Design Technology
• Paper 1 is now completely removed

Physics
• Paper 3 is now completely removed

Sports Science
• Paper 3 is now completely removed

Group 5

*No changes to group 5 subject components

Group 6

Dance
• Composition and analysis is now completely removed

Film – HL:
• Film portfolio → students submit evidence for only one role

Film – SL:
• The collaborative film project is now completely removed

Music – HL:
• Paper one is now completely removed
• Creating (SLC) → students submit two pieces
• Solo performing (SLS) → students submit 13 minutes

Music – SL:
• Paper one is now completely removed
• Creating (SLC) → students submit only one piece
• Solo performing (SLS) → students submit 10 minutes
• Group performing (SLG) → students submit 13–20 minutes

Theatre:
• Collaborative Project is now completely removed

Visual Art – HL:
• Process portfolio → art-making forms, table requirements, and penalties are removed
• Exhibition → students complete 7-10 resolved works

Visual Art – SL:
• Process portfolio → art-making forms, table requirements, and penalties are removed
• Exhibition → students complete 4-6 resolved works

To all our fellow seniors, we know what you’re going through, we’re in the same boat – we wish you the best of luck managing this upcoming school year, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to either of us if you have any questions or need any advice!

Written by Anoushka Hemnani and Divyanshi Raturi, two May 2021 IBDP candidates.


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