On-screen examinations

 

This video shows how on-screen examinations look and how they have been trialled by MYP students and teachers.

Students in the final year of the MYP have the option to take external assessments in the form of on-screen examinations to demonstrate their knowledge and skills across the following subject groups:

Discipline

Assessment type

Languages available

Language and literature    

Language and literature

On-screen

Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin) Simplified and Chinese (Mandarin) Traditional, Dutch, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish

Individuals and societies    

Geography

On-screen

English

History

On-screen

English, French, Spanish

Integrated humanities

On-screen

English, French

 Mathematics    

Mathematics

On-screen

English, French, Spanish

Extended mathematics

On-screen

English, French

Sciences    

Biology

On-screen

English, French, Spanish

Chemistry

On-screen

English, French

Physics

On-screen

English, French

Integrated sciences

On-screen

English, French, Spanish

Mandatory core requirements    

Interdisciplinary learning

On-screen

English, French, Spanish

These industry-leading, 2-hour end-of-term exams take place each year in May or November.

Students who take these on-screen exams can earn a formal, internationally-recognized certificate, if they meet the success criteria.

Why register?

Unique

The on-screen examinations are unique because as well as being technologically innovative they are distinctively MYP as students use the authentic assessment approach to demonstrate conceptual understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in complex, unfamiliar contexts, including the use of global contexts.

Unlike other examination systems, the IB MYP on-screen examinations focus 75% of the assessment explicitly on inquiry, communication and critical thinking skills. This makes the application of a student’s skills set more important than knowledge recall.

Technologically innovative

MYP on-screen exams are constructed as a series of tasks that sample, simulate or replicate school based assessment practices.

The interface of the on-screen examinations is intuitive in design and function, drawing from social media and web-based sites that students are familiar with.

The exam questions are friendly to English language learners. The IB has built special features in the exams such as hover-text to explain or define words that may be difficult for students, particularly students taking the exam in a second language.

To ensure that on-screen examinations are rich and authentic, media and interactive functions are used to engage students. On-screen tools help them understand tasks and questions better. These include:

  • Drag and drop; cut and paste; copy and paste
  • Play, pause and replay video and animations
  • Interaction with animations and simulations
  • The ability to plot  graphs and draw lines and pictures
  • On-screen (graphing) calculator(s)

Interdisciplinary learning on-screen examination

The MYP interdisciplinary learning examination is the only examination for students aged 15 and 16 that assesses interdisciplinary understanding– giving students the ability to learn to make connections between different areas of knowledge. 

As MYP students engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit in each year of the programme, this unique on-screen examination is an appropriate and natural culmination their time in the MYP.

Inclusive

The IB believes that all students must be allowed to take their examinations under conditions that are as fair as possible.

The on-screen examinations have accessibility features built into the software to meet the needs of students who require alternative arrangements. The software is versatile, and provides the ability to:

  • change font type
  • change background colour
  • provide additional time
  • provide pauses

The packages for each school are preconfigured so that examinations for individual students with registered access requirements automatically configure themselves to meet that student’s need. 

Requesting inclusive arrangements

Schools can make arrangements so that no student is at a disadvantage or prevented from being able to demonstrate their skills and knowledge adequately in their IB MYP eAssessment. 

Inclusive access arrangements must be submitted by the MYP coordinator to the IB 6 months before the intended examination session using a Request for inclusive access arrangements form on IBIS.

Adaptations to the on-screen assessment for students with vision impairment and hearing impairment must be made one year before the intended examination session.