There are six IB assessment objectives that are relevant to the core externally examined papers. Specifically, the assessment objectives are:
- To demonstrate historical understanding through the acquisition, selection, and effective use of knowledge (Papers 1, 2, and IA).
- To demonstrate an understanding of historical context; cause and effect; continuity and change (Papers 1, 2, 3 and IA).
- To evaluate different approaches to, and interpretations of, historical events, and topics (Papers 1, 2, 3, and IA).
- To comprehend, analyze, and evaluate historical sources as evidence (Paper 1).
- To present historical explanations using arguments that are clear, coherent, relevant, and well substantiated (Papers 2 and 3).
- To compare and contrast issues or events across time and space (Paper 2 and 3).
There is one more assessment objective for both Standard and Higher students:
- To undertake individual research and present results using a formal plan of organisation and presentation (IA).
This objective is focused on the Internal Assessment.
Higher-level students also have to cover:
- To demonstrate in-depth historical understanding of a period of regional history though the critical evaluation and synthesis of appropriate knowledge and concepts (Paper 3).