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Interactive Study Guides for the IB Diploma

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Interactive learning & revision for the IB community

The Smartbacc library closely adheres to the IB syllabus, allowing students to use it in self-study and for teachers to integrate into their schemes of work.

Smartbacc helps teachers by allowing them to monitor student progress and develop a detailed understanding of each student's strongest areas, weakest areas, and their overall performance.



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50+ Guides covering 14 IB subjects 

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Westwood High School   | Edmonds-Woodway High School   |  
Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt 


"Smartbacc is - without question - the best online study environment available to students in the IB program. The course elements are dynamic, interesting, thorough, and - most important of all - they provide excellent preparation for IB exams, across a wide variety of disciplines’

David Quinn, IBDP Coordinator, Edmonds-Woodway High School, USA








Introducing Question Banks

Question Banks are an extensive collection of IBDP exam style questions for students to use in their study sessions, available for six of the most popular Smartbacc subjects.

  • Specially designed to support revision and exam preparation
  • Created by IB teachers and examiners
  • Includes model answers with 'examiners tips'




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Key IB Subjects Covered


  • Biology HL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Biology SL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Biology Option A: Neurobiology and Behaviour SL/HL
  • Biology Option B: Biotechnology and Bioinformatics SL/HL
  • Biology Option C: Ecology and Conservation SL/HL
  • Biology Option D: Human Physiology SL/HL (2016 exams onwards)
Business Management
  • Business Management HL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Business Management SL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Chemistry HL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Chemistry SL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Chemistry Option C: Energy (2016 exams onwards)
Design Technology

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  • Economics HL
  • Economics SL
  • Economics Internal Assessement HL/SL
  • Economics: Practice Questions with Answers for Paper 1 & 2 HL/SL
  • Economics Paper 3 Practice Questions SL/HL
  • English A: Literature HL/SL
  • English A: Language & Literature HL/SL
Environmental Systems and Societies
  • Environmental Systems and Societies SL

Environmental Systems and Societies (SL) contains material and guidance designed for the syllabus up to the 2016 exams and retakes. However, it may continue to be a useful classroom and study resource for students taking exams in 2017 and beyond – please check with your teacher

  • French B HL
  • French B SL
  • Geography Option A: Freshwater – Issues and Conflicts
  • Geography Option D: Hazards and Disasters
  • Geography Option C: Extreme Environments
  • Geography Paper 3: Global Interactions
  • Geography HL/SL Paper 1
  • History Paper 1: The Move to Global War HL/SL - NEW FOR 2017
  • History Paper 2: The Cold War HL/SL - NEW FOR 2017
  • History Paper 3: Europe - NEW FOR 2017
  • The following History titles contain material and guidance designed for the syllabus up to the 2016 exams and retakes. However, it may continue to be a useful classroom and study resource for students taking exams in 2017 and beyond – please check with your teacher

  • History: Route 2 - 20th Century Civil Wars and Regional Conflicts
  • History: Route 2 - Aspects of the History of Europe and the Middle East 1750-2000
  • History: Route 2 - Communism in Crisis 1979-1989 HL/SL
  • History: Route 2 - Origins and Development of Authoritarian Single Party States HL/SL
  • History: Route 2 - Peacemaking, Peacekeeping and International Relations 1918-1936 HL/SL
  • History: Route 2 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict 1945-1979 HL/SL
  • History: Route 2 - World War I and World War II HL/SL
  • Maths Option: Statistics and Probability
  • Maths Option: Discrete Mathematics
  • Maths HL Sets, Relations and Groups
  • Maths Option: Calculus
  • Mathematics HL
  • Using the TI-Series Calculators in IB Mathematics
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematics SL: Section B Questions
  • Mathematical Studies
  • Music – HL/SL

Author: Mary Jo West | Contributing Author: Bryan Baldwin

This course provides essential resources for your success in the IB music course. It includes summarized chapters for all required components, glossary terms, embedded video and audio for score study and analysis practice, interactive games to assess your knowledge. Sample questions, solo performances and compositions include marked answers by IB music candidates to assist your understanding of the common pitfalls and mistakes. Prompts will guide you through the process, focused on guiding your understanding.

  • Physics SL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Physics HL (2016 exams onwards)
  • Physics Option A: Relativity
  • Physics Option B: Engineering Physics
  • Physics Option D: Astrophysics
  • Psychology SL
  • Psychology HL
Spanish B
  • Spanish B SL
  • Spanish B HL





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- Westwood High School, USA


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