The following formatting is required for written eCoursework (excluding visual arts). This ensures the work can be easily read on screen by examiners as well as ensuring there is consistency between the diploma subjects:
- Use of fonts such as Arial, minimum font size 11 (where the language / script supports it)
- Single (or greater) line spacing
- Numbered pages
- Portrait orientation (rather than landscape) – except where it is necessary or appropriate. The use of landscape orientation may be to accommodate a specific item such as a graph or illustration.
- For components with page limits: It is not acceptable to ‘shrink to fit’ an eCoursework assignment to remain within page limits by reducing white space on the page, reducing A3 to A4 so the font size becomes less than 11 or choosing a non-standard font. Examiners are instructed not to credit work that has been ‘shrunk to fit’ in this way.
Identification of work
Schools are encouraged to keep coursework submissions anonymous.
- The IB asks that the candidate’s personal code (abc123) is used to identify candidates’ work on coursework and forms submitted to the IB.
- Candidates are asked to avoid using their name, session number or the name or number of their school in their work, whether on the title page, headers, footers or anywhere else on the document.
- Candidate names or session numbers can be used in the document filenames only.
- Candidates will not be expected to remove identifying marks from their work if the work is already complete, but we would ask schools to ensure candidates submit anonymous work to the IB in future.