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Overview: M22 Changes

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With the pandemic disrupting learning for many of us around the globe, the IB has decided to extend many of the changes for the May 2021 examination to May 2022 as well. Don’t worry if you’re confused about the changes to the exams! Here is a complete breakdown of the M22 changes to each of the 6 IB subject groups and the IB core:

DP Core:

TOK

  • The TOK exhibition and TOK essay, according to the new curriculum, will continue as usual 

CAS

  • CAS requirements still need to be met

Group 1:

Language & Literature A

  • Paper 2 has been completely removed for both SL and HL

Literature A

  • Paper 2 has been completely removed for both SL and HL

Group 2:

Language B HL

  • Paper 2, the listening paper will be conducted 
  • In the IA students will be shown 2 extracts from the same texts 

Language B SL

  • Paper 2, the listening paper will be conducted
  • In the IA, students will be shown pictures from each of the 5 themes

Language B ab initio

  • Paper 2, the listening paper will be conducted
  • In Paper 1, only 1 writing assignment needs to be answered either Task A or Task B
  • In the IA, students will be shown pictures from each of the 5 themes

Classical Languages

  • Paper 1 has been completely removed for both SL and HL

Group 3:

Economics- SL

  • No change. 
  • Assessment will commence according to the new syllabus (first examination in May 2022)

Economics- HL

  • There is a new syllabus for Economics, with first examination in May 2022
  • Paper 3, students answer only 1 question out of the two provided
  • There are no changes to Paper 1, Paper 2 or the IA 

Business Management- SL

  • Paper 1, students answer only one question in Section A
  • Paper 2, section C has been removed

Business Management- HL

  • Paper 1  section C has been removed
  • Paper 2 section C has been removed

History- SL

  • Paper 2, students answer only one question

History- HL

  • Paper 2, students answer only one question
  • Paper 3, students answer two essays, each from a different section

Geography- SL and HL

  • Paper 1, students answer questions for only one question
  • Paper 2, section C is removed

Global Politics- SL

  • Paper 1 has been completely removed

Global Politics- HL

  • Paper 1 has been completely removed
  • Paper 2, students now have to answer two essays
  • For the IA, HL students submit one video presentation instead of two

Information Technology in a Global Society

  • Paper 2 is completely removed for SL and HL

Philosophy

  • Paper 1, section B has been removed for SL and HL

Psychology- SL

  • Paper 2 has been completely removed

Psychology- HL

  • Paper 2, students only answer one question
  • Paper 3 has been completely removed

Social & cultural anthropology- SL

  • Paper 1, Question 5 has been removed
  • Paper 2, section B has been removed

Social & cultural anthropology- HL

  • Paper 2, section B has been removed

World religions

  • Paper 1, students answer one question from each of the three sections
  • Paper 2, students answer one question from section A or section B

Group 4:

*Group 4 project requirement has been removed for all Sciences

Physics

  • Paper 3 is completely removed for SL and HL

Chemistry

  • Paper 3 is completely removed for SL and HL

Biology

  • Paper 3 is completely removed for SL and HL

Computer Science

  • Paper 2 is completely removed for SL and HL

Sports, exercise and health science

  • Paper 3 is completely removed for SL and HL

Design Technology

  • Paper 1 is completely removed for both SL and HL

Group 5:

*No changes for assessment of Group 5 subjects

Group 6:

Visual Arts- SL

  • In the process portfolio, art-making forms, table requirements and penalties have been removed
  • For the exhibition, students complete 4-6 resolved works

Visual Arts- HL

  • In the process portfolio, art-making forms, table requirements and penalties have been removed
  • For the exhibition, students complete 7-10 resolved works

Dance

  • Composition and analysis is removed for SL and HL

Film- SL

  • In the film portfolio, students submit evidence for only one role

Film- HL

  • The collaborative film project has been completely removed

Theatre 

  • The collaborative project has been completely removed for SL and HL

Music- SL

  • There is a new syllabus for Music, with first examination in May 2022
  • The component, presenting music has been completely removed

Music- HL

  • There is a new syllabus for Economics, with first examination in May 2022
  • The component, the contemporary music maker has been completely removed

To all my fellow peers taking the May 2022 examinations, You’ve got this! I know that this is a trying time for you, but you’re not alone! Good luck for the new school year!


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