Read our latest blog-post for students currently studying psychology for the IBDP from Pamoja teacher, Peter Anthony
To ensure a high score on your Internal Assessment in IB Psychology, you need to avoid errors and include essential information in your report. You will find some suggestions below:
- Explicitly state the relevance of your aim. The relevance needs to be more than just replicating a study. Explain the broader implications and applications of the aim of your investigation.
- Your research and null hypotheses are the two of the most important sentences in your report. Reports that operationalise the IV and the DV most successfully use the word “significant”.
- When you explain your choice of participants, describe both the target population and your sample and why those participants were suitable.
- In the context of controlled variables, explain how you either controlled for participant variability (independent measures) or the order effect (repeated measures design).
- Do not include more than one measure of central tendency and dispersion.
- Interpret the results of both your descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Check that the number of tails of your hypotheses and your calculation match.
- The means do not provide any support for your hypothesis. Only inferential statistics enable you to reach a conclusion about your hypothesis.
- Provide the working of inferential statistics. This site on stats is highly recommended.
- Do not evaluate in terms of ecological validity. You are asked to evaluate your experimental design, not the experimental method.
- Modifications should be explicitly linked to an identified limitation.
Find out more about the IBDP Psychology SL and IBDP Psychology HL with Pamoja.