May IB Exam Information (For Parents and Students)

Dear Students and Parents of the Class of 2015,

Congratulations! We’re almost there. We’ve accomplished a great deal along the way, and I can’t believe graduation will be here before we know it. I’m writing to you now to discuss an important experience coming up in May – the External Assessments. These are seated exams that will assess your work in the six IB courses you chose to take for the last two years. As a group, you will complete over 2,200 exam papers in the month of May!

First of all, the EA’s are standardized exams developed by the IB Organization to assess students’ work across the globe. All diploma candidates in the western hemisphere will take the same exams on the same day. It’s incredible if you think about it. The table below outlines the Exam schedule for us here at the Academy. For parents, you’ll see a #1, #2, or #3 next to course names. Each course has one, two, or three papers depending on the group and the level. The structure of the papers is different for each course. For example, Biology Paper #1 is a multiple-choice assessment where Literature Paper #1 is not. The faculty will go over with you the nature of each paper prior to the scheduled exam session. Please read the important information below about the administration of the EA’s at the Academy. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Good luck!

-Mike Sheehan

Exam Guidelines

  1. Starting Times
    1. All candidates taking a morning exam are expected to be in their assigned seat at 8 AM! The locations of the exams are listed below in the table. Candidates that are late are not permitted to have extended time and once the directions are completed and the official time has started, candidates will not be admitted into the room.
    2. All candidates taking an afternoon exam are expected to be in their assigned seat by NOON! The locations of the exams are listed below in the table. Candidates that are late are not permitted to have extended time and once the directions are completed and the official time has started, candidates will not be admitted into the room.
    3. Students and parents will receive daily reminders via the Remind texting service before the start of each exam session.  Reminders will also be sent about what is needed for exams.
      1. If you are a parent of a senior and would like to sign up for the service please text the code @parof2015 to the number 81010.
  2. Personal belongings
    1. For test security purposes, no personal items including backpacks, bags, purses, cell phones, ipods, laptops, ipads, novels, or magazines are permitted in the testing room. Any candidate caught with any of these items during the exam puts their diploma in jeopardy as they will be dismissed from the test and their score on that exam cancelled. Candidates will be permitted to leave a bag in the hallway outside the gym. Water and a snack are permitted during any breaks between exams in the gym lobby.
  3. Identification
    1. All candidates testing need to bring photo identification. IB program administrators could show up at any time for inspection and could ask for identification of random candidates.
  1. Testing Supplies
    1. Pens will be provided for the candidates. If a candidate chooses to bring their own pens, they must be blue or black ink. Pencils may be used on graph paper questions only!
    2. Candidates will be provided a straight edge to any Math or Science Exam.
    3. Calculators are permitted on certain exams. Graphing calculators are permitted but the memory must be cleared before entering the exam room.
    4. All formula booklets for Mathematics and the Experimental Sciences as well as case studies for Business & Management will be provided to the candidate.
  2. Exam Session Conduct
    1. Candidates are not permitted to leave the room during the first or last 15 minutes.
    2. Candidates are not permitted to use any outside resources or seek the voluntary or involuntary help of others during the exam. Any signs of academic malpractice will be brought to the attention of the IB Program resulting in consequences.
    3. Any candidate causing any unnecessary disruption will be removed from the testing room and their scores will be cancelled.
    4. Candidates are not permitted to discuss any exam for 24 hours after completion of the exam.
  3. Exam Dismissal
    1. Candidates are expected to stay in the testing room in their assigned seat for the entire scheduled time. This is meant to limit the number of distractions for other candidates still working.
  4. Students not taking Exams
    1. The Academy’s daily schedule will move forward as normal. Any seniors in school that are not taking an exam are expected to follow their schedule.
  5. Preparation
    1. Go to bed early each night before an exam.
    2. Eat well!
  6. In Case Of An Emergency
    1. In the event of an emergency, please notify the main office as soon as possible.  This can be done by email (msheehan@dasd.org and artcampbell@dasd.org) or by phone 610-269-8460 x7203.

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