IB Exam Details and Registration Information

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.


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