ACT and the extended project

It’s one thing to be able to say that you’ve completed a course that has helped you improve your abilities and skills, but it’s another to actually prove that it has made a difference.

To ensure that you have tangible, demonstrable evidence that you’ve developed your ‘4C’ skills of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration, you’ll create a 4C portfolio, and self-assess what you produce.

The appeal of the 4Cs

The demand for such skills in this world of information overload has never been more important, but the wonderful thing about the IB Diploma is that it has always taken the same approach to education as it did when it was first introduced in the late 1960s. As the Independent newspaper puts it, “The IB Diploma is a timeless classic, an icon of educational sense and high standards in a world where educational fashion shifts like hemlines, and much-needed clarity of thinking is elusive.” This means that the IB Diploma is “the best possible preparation for university, for the workplace, and more importantly, for life.”

Of course, one of the key reasons for the desirability of the IB Diploma from the point of view of colleges and universities is the theory of knowledge course. Critivicate is the element of the programme that most encourages critical thinking, “a sense of confidence and standing on your own two feet,” and an objective assessment of the different subjects that make up the Diploma. This is why the skills that you have built up as a Critivicate student are arguably your greatest asset when it comes to applying to university. As the Times Higher Education Supplement says, “Universities want students who can think in the abstract, and the IB’s theory of knowledge course… does just that.” So how do you make the most of these skills, and use Critivicate to help you win a place at your choice of university or college?