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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

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Assessment - Mathmatics

Table 1

Here are the key concepts to be explored across the MYP. The key concepts contributed by the study of mathematics are form, logic and relationships.

Aesthetics Change Communication Communities
Connections Creativity Culture Development
Form Global Interactions Identity Logic
Perspective Relationships Systems Time, place and space

These key concepts provide a framework for mathematics, informing units of work and helping to organize teaching and learning.


Form is the shape and underlying structure of an entity or piece of work, including its organization, essential nature and external appearance. Form in MYP mathematics refers to the understanding that the underlying structure and shape of an entity is distinguished by its properties. Form provides opportunities for students to appreciate the aesthetic nature of the constructs used in a discipline.


Logic is a method of reasoning and a system of principles used to build arguments and reach conclusions. Logic in MYP mathematics is used as a process in making decisions about numbers, shapes, and variables. This system of reasoning provides students with a method for explaining the validity of their conclusions.


Relationships are the connections and associations between properties, objects, people and ideas— including the human community’s connections with the world in which we live. Any change in relationship brings consequences—some of which may occur on a small scale, while others may be far reaching, affecting large networks and systems such as human societies and the planetary ecosystem. Relationships in MYP mathematics refers to the connections between quantities, properties or concepts and these connections may be expressed as models, rules or statements. Connections between the student and mathematics in the real world are important in developing deeper understanding.

Assessment Information

Assessment for mathematics in all years of the programme is criterion-related, based on four equally weighted assessment criteria

Criterion A Knowing and understanding Maximum 8
Criterion B Investigating patterns Maximum 8
Criterion C Communicating Maximum 8
Criterion D Applying mathematics in real-life contexts Maximum 8

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