Objectives of the IB Chemistry Program


The (assessment) objectives reflect those parts of the aims which will be assessed. Wherever appropriate the assessment will draw upon environmental and technological contexts; identify the social and economic effects of the experimental sciences, and the moral considerations of scientific activity.

It is the intention of all experimental sciences programmes that students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of

Apply and use


Construct, Analyse and Evaluate

Demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and responsibility appropriate for effective scientific investigation and problem solving

Demonstrate the manipulative skills necessary to carry out scientific investigation with precision and safety.

Glossary of terms relating to the assessment objectives

Demonstrate an

Recall information (facts, concepts, models, data); translate information from one form to another; explain information; summarise information.

Apply and use

Take given information and use it to solve a task. The tasks may be familiar or novel and recalled information can be required for their solution.


Assemble scientific information in a logical manner.


Classify the component parts and patterns.


Discuss and examine the implications (the effect and significance) and limitations (the confines and boundaries).


Raw data or manipulated data.


Qualitative or quantitative experimental methods (devised by students or teachers, published in textbooks or literature); the refinement of methods to improve accuracy; repeating a method to improve reliability of data collected; use of apparatus.


Information that could include qualitative and/or quantitative observations.

Scientific terminology

Use of correct nomenclature, conventions, units and significant figures.

Methods of presenting
scientific information

Written, oral, audio-visual, graphic and using information technology.

Scientific explanations

Explanations based on scientific information (including models), using arguments to show reasoning.

Scientific investigation

Study of a phenomenon, hypothesis or theory which involves using the scientific method.

Problem solving

The use of experimental (primary) data, and data from other sources (secondary), to solve a given problem or a problem formulated by the student.


An idea suggested as a possible way of explaining observations and phenomena.

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