How To Prepare For The IB English Exam

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5 min readJun 5, 2024

The IB English exam is renowned for its rigor and high standards. However, the rewards for excelling are both academic and personal, from bolstering your college applications to increasing confidence in your abilities. In this article, we’ll explore what this exam entails, who should consider taking it, and the best strategies for preparation.

What is IB English

IB English is a part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. It focuses on developing students’ analytical and communication skills, including mastery of language, through in-depth exploration of a broad range of literature.

Depending on learners’ interests and proficiency levels, the course offers four options in one or two levels (Standard and Higher):

  • English A: Literature (SL/HL) focuses on an in-depth analysis of literary texts from various genres and cultures.
  • English A: Language and Literature (SL/HL) combines the study of literary and non-literary texts, examining how language constructs meaning.
  • Literature and Performance (SL) blends literary analysis with performance elements, exploring the intersection of literature and drama.
  • English B (SL/HL) is designed for non-native speakers. It develops fluency and cultural understanding by studying a variety of texts and topics.

Assessments in IB English include written exams, oral presentations, and coursework, all aimed to…