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Exam tips

Ever feel like perfection seems impossible?

That's ok!

As a rough guide, you need only multiply your target grade by 10 to get the percentage you're looking for. 40% overall can land you a commendable Level 4, and a top Level 7 comes with 70%. Reassure yourself when faced with a tough paper.

StudyIB Physics top 10 exam tips

  1. Get fluent with your data booklet.
  2. Get fluent with your calculator.
  3. Memorise facts, definitions and rules to guarantee 10% of the marks.
  4. Read questions carefully, understand the language.
  5. Highlight the command term and the physical quantity of interest.
  6. Draw diagrams to help visualize the problem.
  7. Eliminate variables using ratios to simplify equations.
  8. Structure your calculations giving full explanations of steps.
  9. Use the units.
  10. Check your work and scrap around for marks.


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  • Mind maps and revision techniques

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  • Exam questions

    It's clear that revising content knowledge will help you to perform better in the exam. But what about understanding the language of the questions themselves?

  • Misconceptions

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  • Past paper walk-throughs

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