Types of Material that can be licensed

Examination Materials

There are additional restrictions on the licensing of examination materials. The IB will not grant licenses for the following:

  • Examination materials from the two examination sessions prior to the current session.
  • More than 50% of the questions found in any one examination paper.
  • Resource Booklets
  • The Examination timetable

Licenses for examination materials are granted on a per questions basis. What the IB considers to be one examination questions depends upon the way the paper is broken down. Where the questions are broken down solely by number (ie 1, 2, 3 etc) each number represents one question. Where questions are subdivided (eg 1a, 1b,) one question is considered to be one number and letter grouping (eg1a). Where questions are further subdivided (eg 1ai, 1aii) the IB still considered one question to be one number and letter grouping (eg all the subparts of questions 1a would be considered 1 questions).

Please see What is considered one examination question [PDF, 45KB] for examples of this in practice.

A license for an examination question also grants you permission to use the answer as it appears in the markscheme and any IB generated diagrams which accompany the question. Please note that the IB cannot issue a license for any third party material which also accompanies a question. The usual cost per question can be found on the price list

When requesting permission to use an exam question please provide us with the subject, level, paper, year, session, timezone (where applicable) and questions number for each question you wish to use (Eg May 2006 Maths HL paper 2 TZ1 q3a).

N.B. Case studies are treated as other text and charged on a per word basis.

Core/Premium Materials

The IB has identified certain materials which it feels are essential to its philosophy and to the implementation and offering of its programmes. The reproduction of these items is charged on a set fee basis. The materials which the IB considers to be ‘core’, and the example costs of reproducing them, can be found on the price list.

Some of these items, such as the an IB programme model are self explanatory and straight forward to identify and you say can just state them on the inquiry form when requesting permission (along with what programme and language you require). However for other options, such as Assessment Criteria, there are many sections of text which fall under this description. In such cases please identify the document and page number where the text you wish to reproduce is originally found and any further information required to positively identify the exact text you wish to use.


The IB licenses two types of forms. The first type are forms which are central to the implementation and operation of its programmes such as the PYP Planner Form and the MYP Unit Plan Template From. The second type are the procedural forms found in the Handbook of Procedures such as the Internal Assessment forms.

Academic forms can be licensed for both print and secure online use, however, as procedural forms may change year up year the can only be licensed for secure online use and print works which will be in circulation less than 1 year.

Other Text

All other text is granted at the IB’s discretion and charged at a flat rate of $0.25 per word. If you wish to reproduce text not considered to be ‘core’ please provide us with the exact extracts you wish to use as well as all necessary information on the source of the material (ie original website or work ,page number etc). If you have several extracts that you wish to reproduce please provide this information for each extract.