How To Get from a 6 to a 7 On The IB Chinese SL Paper 1


Getting a 7 in a Language B subject is notoriously difficult, especially for Chinese B. To get a 7 in Chinese B, you have to respond to your assessment in an almost perfect manner, as the grade boundaries are often in the high ninetieth percentile. However do not fear, because in this article MeeOpp will show you how to prepare yourself to guarantee that 7.

Vocab recognition

Preparing vocab for Paper 1 is not something that most students will do. But, for students who what to guarantee that 7, this can be what pushes you over that last grade boundary.

Firstly, preparing vocabulary relating to the topics: communication and media, global issues, social relationships and your chosen optional topics. Working on vocab for these topics will not only help you prepare for Paper 1, but also Paper 2 (and under the old Language B course, your IOP and Interactive Oral Activities).

To do this, prepare small collections of vocab for each topic. As you cover these topics in class, go over readings yourself, or review past papers, add any relevant phrases that you come across to your list. Then, practice writing and saying these vocab.

Accurate Quoting

When answering short answer questions, it is always important to answer with accurate and concise direct quotes.

However, it is super important not to copy the whole sentence!

This is very important as you can lose marks for including irrelevant information in your sentences.

For example:

In response to 为什么网购可以找到好朋友?, the full sentence that contains the answer is


But, instead of copying out the whole sentence, an appropriate answer would be to just write




This makes sure that you both save time during your exam, but also answer accurately – guaranteeing you that top mark.

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Double and Triple Check

If you’ve worked at the right pace throughout the exam. You should have time at the end to Double and Triple check your work.

Check first if you’ve written any characters wrong, or if they’re too messy to be read easily. If so, just rub them out and try again.

Then, go over any multiple choice and short answer questions that you weren’t sure about – reread the line where you go the answer from and confirm that the line is relevant to the question, and that you haven’t missed any characters while copying the phrase.

How to go over Past Papers

Going over past papers is one of the most obvious things you can do to revise. However, if you’re not methodical then you won’t be maximising the opportunity that past papers are.

Firstly, as mentioned before, make sure to record any new vocabulary that you learn while covering Past Papers. This is super crucial as expanding the breadth of your lexicon will not only benefit you in this exam, but paper 2, your other IB Chinese assessments, as well as your overall Chinese ability.

Furthermore, it is important that you review past papers under exam conditions. Time yourself, turn off all your other devices, and find somewhere quiet. That way, not only will you know realistically how you would’ve scored, but also it prepares you for the exam conditions that you will face on the day. Sitting down and focusing on reading comprehension in Chinese is not an everyday task – so use this opportunity to make sure you’re prepared when you do.

Text Order

In every Paper 1, the texts first two texts are always simpler than the last two texts. So one good way to write Paper 1 is to start on the second text, then third and fourth, then finish it off with the first.

This was you work your way up to the most difficult texts, and then allow yourself to finish off on an easy note.


Finally, if you have the time, try and read in Chinese. Read fiction, non-fiction, the news, forums, editorials, blogs. Anything that interests you. But do it often and do it seriously. This way, your general reading ability in Chinese will increase at a rate that no other form of revision will. Reading generally might not always be subject specific, but it will help your Chinese in a way that will benefit your Chinese holistically, and not just in terms of your Paper 1 ability.  

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