It receives a letter grade like the Extended Essay, and combines with the latter to contribute numerically (maximum 3 marks) to the awarding of the full IB Diploma.Although it may share similarities with epistemology and other theory of knowledge courses offered by many universities, it is definitely not a course in philosophy.Base on the Examiners’ feedback, and based on this year’s prompts themselves, we’ve prepared a one-page hand-out to assist students write their essay.
As regular readers know, IB Diploma candidates take TOK during their junior year at our school (though we have many seniors who aren’t Diploma candidates take it, too).
ADDENDUM: I have also created a “fillable” version that students can use when they submit an outline to me.
Here’s a link to all the resources we’re using related to the essays.
Each part is scored using assessment criteria (four criteria for the essay and four for the presentation) that describe levels of achievement (e.g., "The inquiry explores knowledge issues.
Most points are justified; most arguments are coherent.