As the school year slowly comes to a close, it can only mean one thing for International Baccalaureate students: final exams.
Depending on the particular class, a student will be tested on curriculum content from either one or two years. Higher-level classes, which make up a large chunk of an IB student's schedule and tend to go into much more detail than standard-level courses, test students on material that they learned over a two-year period. Standard-level classes test students on material they learned over the course of one year.
In contrast to Advanced Placement exams, IB exams usually are conducted during a two-day period, and many of the final grades for the classes are comprised of many large assignments conducted throughout the course.
The whole summation of an IB student's work is receiving the IB diploma; it is essentially what those involved in the program are working toward. However, it can only be achieved by scoring a certain grade on final exams.
With a lot riding on these tests, students easily can become overwhelmed, especially considering these tests are rather close to one another at the end of the year and test students on a lot of material.
Different seniors have different mechanisms that they use to cope with the stress that accompanies these exams, aside from just studying. Clearwater Central Catholic senior Katie Gavlick said, "At this point, I'm really just trying to be positive. I know I have learned all the material in my classes well, so I am just trying to stay confident in my abilities."
Similarly, other students are trying to keep a positive outlook on the upcoming tests. "I've begun to remind myself that this is all material I have been taught in depth and just try to remind myself that my studying should be nothing more than a review," Clearwater Central Catholic senior Kylie Singer said.
Regardless of the test and the difficulty of the material, it is still important for students to consider the mental preparation that accompanies final exams aside from the obvious studying portion. A sense of confidence and open-mindedness should be factored into the equation to assure a high score.