IB Exam Details
IB exams are given over three weeks in May and are comprised of one to three different "papers" (the British word for "exams"). Typically, if a test has more than one paper, it is split into a multiple-day test. All exams are given at House of Hope Church, 4800 Boone Avenue North, unless otherwise noted. Students should report to the exam site by 7:20 for morning exams and 12:20 for afternoon exams.
Students register for exams in October following a group presentation on what options they have and what is involved. Each exam costs $43, with scholarship help available just by noting it on the registration form. Families should be aware that the $43 fee is just a portion of the actual cost of a single exam. A single exam is approximately $250, and the remaining portion is paid for by the State of Minnesota and Robbinsdale Area Schools. Therefore, a student who signs up for an exam but does not complete one or more components, will not receive an IB score and consequently will be charged a $65 penalty fee, whether or not they received a scholarship.
There is much protocol surrounding the exams so that they are given uniformly around the world. These protocols, and other testing information, are supplied to all exam-sitters in April, posted in school and at the exam site. Students are given a place to sit, away from any of their belongings, and are expected to observe all protocols. All IB exams, except for Paper 1 in the sciences, are given a 5-minute reading period, during which students cannot write anything, while they decide which prompts they will choose. Individual exams vary in length from 45 minutes to 2 1/2 hours.
When the IB scores are released online in July following the exams, the scores include the following components: performance on each of the papers and work done in class (internal assessments) throughout the year.
During the week preceding the IB exams, a breakfast is given for test-takers. It is called the Wish 'em Well Breakfast, and students are initiated into the ritual of receiving extra luck on exams, only offered to Robbinsdale Cooper IB exam-takers.