IB ESS Paper 2

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IB ESS Paper 2

Section B (40 marks) requires students to answer two structured essay questions from a choice of four. Each question is worth 20 marks.
The final part of each essay in section B (9 marks) will be marked using markbands.
There is 1 additional mark per question for clarity and quality.

IB ESS Paper 2 Marks level descriptor
• 0 The response does not reach a standard described by the descriptors below and is not relevant to the question.
• 1–3 The response contains:
o minimal evidence of knowledge and understanding of ESS issues or concepts
o fragmented knowledge statements poorly linked to the context of the question
o some appropriate use of ESS terminology
o no examples where required, or examples with insufficient explanation/relevance
o superficial analysis that amounts to no more than a list of facts/ideas
o judgments/conclusions that are vague or not supported by evidence/argument.
• 4–6 The response contains:
o some evidence of sound knowledge and understanding of ESS issues and concepts
o knowledge statements effectively linked to the context of the question
o largely appropriate use of ESS terminology
o some use of relevant examples where required, but with limited explanation
o clear analysis that shows a degree of balance
o some clear judgments/conclusions, supported by limited evidence/arguments.
• 7–9 The response contains:
o substantial evidence of sound knowledge and understanding of ESS issues and concepts
o a wide breadth of knowledge statements effectively linked with each other, and to the context of the question
o consistently appropriate and precise use of ESS terminology
o effective use of pertinent, well-explained examples, where required, showing some originality
o thorough, well-balanced, insightful analysis
o explicit judgments/conclusions that are well-supported by evidence/arguments and that include some critical reflection.

IB ESS Paper 2 Quality and Clarity Marks
• Write neatly and clearly and in a size that does not require a magnifying glass to read.
• Be concise.
• Stay on topic and focused (do not just starting talking about everything you know about the general topic)
• Your answer should have a logical flow. The examiner should only have to read your answer ONCE.

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