We know the IB (International Baccalaureate) as an education system offering 4 different programmes at different levels for children in the ages between 5 and 19 years. We are also aware the IB Board in the process of offering good quality education has constantly evolved itself either by bringing in a new program or a change in the existing program.
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In lieu of this process, there was a major change in the mathematics syllabus. The last assessment in the old course was taken in November 2020. After the changes made the teaching for the new course started in 2019 and the first assessment in the new course was conducted in May 2021. The changes made usually is followed for 7 years until a new change is implemented.
This change is made to ensure that the students are well equipped with the necessary skills for the Universities they apply or for their future employers in a dream company. Logical and critical thinking, analysis and interpretation and good prompt problem-solving skills are the most wanted skills in a potential candidate either for a university applicant or a company hire.
The old course had a choice of two levels depending on the ability of the students and three models
The new course introduced gives students 4 choices to choose from – 2 each from the old course SL and HL. The students should consider a few parameters in making the selection from these 4 choices
The new IB board mathematics syllabus aligns itself perfectly with the various combination of parameters mentioned above and enables the students to choose comfortably from the choices offered.
|Applications and Interpretation (AI)||Analysis and Approaches (AA)|
|Standard Level||High Level||Standard Level||High Level|
|Like Old Math studies||Unlike Old Courses||Like Old Math SL||Like Old Math HL|
|Who should opt for this?|
|Students who are not strong in math and do not want to pursue a math-based stream after high school||Students who are strong in math and enjoy doing it but do not plan on a math-based stream after high school||Students who are moderately good at math but do not plan a math-based stream after high school||Students who are very strong in math and want to opt for math-based course after high school|
To put in simple words, IB Mathematics– Applications and Interpretation syllabus is for students who would enjoy developing their mathematics skills in solving practical problems and when seen in real life context. It is based on the foundation of statistics and distribution. The students learn the practical application of the complicated formulas they learn in this course.
Ideal for those wanting to go on to study
IB Mathematics-Analysis and Approaches syllabus is for students who would enjoy developing their mathematics to become an expert in mathematical arguments and become skillful in mathematical thinking, while exploring practical and theoretical applications. So it develops the analytic expertise and a deep understanding of mathematics in students.
Ideal for students wanting to pursue
The students study mathematics in all the three levels of the IB programmes- IBPYP, IBMYP and IBDP. But at the MYP, the student is required to choose between Mathematics (Standard) and Mathematics (Extended). This helps in selecting the course at the Diploma Level.
Mathematics (Standard) – Then the student must choose between IBDP Mathematics AA (SL) or IBDP Mathematics AI (SL)
Mathematics (Extended) – Then the student must choose between IBDP Mathematics AA (HL) or IBDP Mathematics AI (HL).
There are two types of- Internal and External assessments.
To know the changes in the curriculum, please visit the IB question bank to assess the practice questions topic wise
Cambridge is known for updating its course syllabus. Major changes have been made to IGCSE courses- Physics, Biology, Chemistry and English. These changes are effective May/June 2023 and will be effect until the year 2025. Mathematics as such has no significant changes and it has been clearly stated in the guidelines that any resource material endorsed to support the syllabus of 2020 is still suitable to sue with the new syllabus.
All the students should learn all the following topics
|Number||Algebra||Shape and Space||Probability and Statistics|
|Number||Algebra and Graphs||Geometry||Statistics|
|Vectors and Transformations|
The course is tiered to enable the effective differentiation for the students. The Core content is intended to target grades G-C and the Extended content id intended to target grades D-A*
A* being the highest and G the lowest.
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