Frequently Asked Questions
Who is PaperPlainz for?
PaperPlainz is specifically designed for IB Physics SL and HL students. Our aim is to create high-quality, varied resources so that you get the most out of your IB Physics experience and succeed on your final exams.
What resources are available on PaperPlainz?
Concept Explanations: comprehensive, concise concept explanations that closely follow the syllabus. Here you will find 160 videos covering every Topic and Sub-topic in the current IB Physics course. This content was specifically designed to help you at every stage of your Physics learning.
Where relevant, these videos are accompanied by definitions to memorize for your exams. In addition, in this section you will also find a complete list of terms and concepts that have come up on past IB Physics exams since May 2016.
Sub-topic Quizzes: Hundreds of exam-style questions arranged by syllabus Sub-topic. Created to help you practice after learning new concepts and revise before shorter class quizzes that are focussed on one or a few sub-topics.
Each sub-topic quiz has ten Paper 1 questions and two or three longer Paper 2 questions that include several question parts. The total number of marks on each sub-topic quiz is 30 (10 marks on Paper 1 questions and 20 marks on Paper 2 questions). Based on the timing of IB Physics exams, sub-topic quizzes are designed to be solved in 45 minutes.
Questionbank: a continually growing collection of exam-style questions that cover all topics from the syllabus. For the moment, you can practice with around 400 SL and 600 HL Paper 1 and Paper 2 questions.
In each topic (except for Topic 1, which does not appear on Paper 2), we offer 25 Paper 1 questions divided into five difficulty levels and five long Paper 2 questions (which means a total of approx. 25 sub-questions per topic).
Every Paper 1 question is accompanied by a detailed, step-by-step, full Video Solution to help you fully understand the concepts used to solve the question and by a lightning-quick Done Under 90 video explanation with shortcuts, tips and tricks to help you save time on Paper 1, where, on average, you have 90 seconds per question.
All Paper 2 questions are accompanied by worked solutions and by Video Solutions. In addition to a step-by-step explanation, each video ends with a General Concept takeaway to help you on future questions and with an Exam Taking Tip so that you can maximize your marks on assessments.
Past IB Exam Video Solutions by Year: more than 1600 clear, to-the-point video explanations of all 60 SL and HL Paper 1 and Paper 2 IB Physics past exams from May 2016 to November 2021. Perfect when you are revising for your mocks or preparing for your final IB exams.
Past IB Exam Video Solutions by Topic: our 1600+ past exam video solutions arranged by IB Physics syllabus topic. If you have an upcoming sub-topic quiz, a longer topic test or revising a specific area of the syllabus, these videos will help you focus on exactly what you need to learn.
Practice exams: full-length IB-style exam papers that include questions from all topics from our Questionbank. For now, you will find five full Paper 1 exams for both SL and HL and five full Paper 2 exam for both SL and HL. As in our Questionabnk, all Paper 1 exam questions are accompanied by a detailed, step-by-step, full Video Solution and by a lightning-quick Done Under 90 video explanation, and our Paper 2 questions are accompanied by worked solutions and by Video Solutions.
The PaperPlainz Revision Summary: a full, concise summary of each topic on the IB Physics syllabus to help you prepare more efficiently and effectively for all your assessments. Under each syllabus topic you will also find the approximate number of marks this topic carries on Paper 1 and Paper 2 exams along with the overall percentage of your final Physics grade that the given topic represents.
The PaperPlainz IA Guide: a complete, step-by-step video guide to help you save time and achieve the grade you want on your Physics Internal Assessment. From start to finish, these videos walk you through all key points and detail of how to write a high-scoring IA. Each step of the process is accompanied by specific actions that you can take, a comprehensive checklist before moving on to the following step, and questions that you might want to ask your teacher in case you need additional support.
Please note: unfortunately, due to copyright laws, we are not able to provide you with past exam papers. Your school should have access to these, so please ask your Physics teacher. For the same reason, we cannot display past exam questions in our videos. What we offer are clearly explained, easy to follow video solutions that you can use when working with your past exam papers.
What is included among the free materials on Paperplainz?
- Video explanations of all SL and HL questions from the May 2016 Paper 1 and Paper 2 exams.
- Access to the Measurements and Uncertainties section of the PaperPlainz Questionbank.
- Access to all content in the Measurements and Uncertainties section of the PaperPlainz Sub-topic Quizzes.
- The first section of the PaperPlainz Internal Assessment Guide.
- Concept Explanations videos of all concepts in the first Sub-topic within each syllabus Topic.
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What types of Memberships are available on PaperPlainz?
- Basic Membership. This Membership is free and gives you access to even more resources on PaperPlainz (see full list below).
- Internal Assessment Membership. This Membership grants you access to our step-by-step video IA Guide (scroll down to see a detailed description).
- Full Membership. This Membership gives you access to all materials available on the PaperPlainz website, including the Internal Assessment Guide and all new resources that we add while you are a Member. We understand that depending on where you are in your IB studies, you will need the PaperPlainz materials for a different duration of time. That’s why Full Membership (just like quarks) comes in different flavours. Have a look at your current options on this page.
Please note: all PaperPlainz accounts are personal accounts and cannot be shared with third parties. Only the person who created the account (signed up for a Membership) and agreed to the Terms & Conditions may use the account.
What is included in the Basic Membership plan?
In addition to the free materials listed above, the Basic Membership plan also includes:
- Video explanations of all SL and HL questions from the November 2016 Paper 1 and Paper 2 exams.
- Access to the Mechanics sections of the PaperPlainz Questionbank.
- Access to all content in the Mechanics section of the PaperPlainz Sub-topic Quizzes.
- Access to a full-length SL Paper 1 practice exam and a full-length HL Paper 1 practice exam.
- The PaperPlainz Revision Summary.
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What is included in the IA Guide Membership plan?
- Eight different sections to guide you through the IA writing process from start to finish.
- Dozens of clear, to-the-point video explanations.
- A list of specific action steps to help you focus and stay on track.
- A checklist at the end of each section to ensure you completed everything before you move on.
- A set of questions to ask your teacher about the work you complete in each section.
You can check out the PaperPlainz IA Guide here.
* While IA Guide Memberhisp can be purchased separately, all the above listed materials are also included in the Full Membership plan.
What is included in the Full Membership plan?
When you join our Full Membership plan, you will have access to all resources on the PaperPlainz website, which include:
- Video explanations of all SL and HL questions from every Paper 1 and Paper 2 past exam between May 2016 and November 2021.
- The above video explanations arranged into topics from the IB Physics syllabus (8 topics for SL and 12 topics for HL).
- The PaperPlainz IB Physics Questionbank which includes exam-style questions from all SL and HL topics. Paper 1 questions are acompanied by Video Solutions and Done Under 90 video explanations. Paper 2 questions are accompanied by worked solutions and by Video Solutions.
- Hundreds of exam-style questions arranged by syllabus sub-topic in our Sub-topic Quizzes (we are currently adding video solutions to this section).
- Five full-length SL Paper 1 practice exams and five full-length HL Paper 1 practice exams.
- Five full-length SL Paper 2 practice exam and five full-length HL Paper 2 practice exam.
- The complete, step-by-step PaperPlainz Internal Assessment Guide.
- Comprehensive video Concept Explanations that closely follow IB Physics Syllabus.
- The PaperPlainz Revision Summary.
Once you become a PaperPlainz Full Member, while your membership lasts, you will get all newly added materials free of charge.
Can I be logged in on more than one device at the same time?
You can only be logged in to PaperPlainz on one device at a time.
How long is the Ultimate Membership valid for?
For as long as you need it, in other words, until you are done with your IB Physics exams. As the IB program lasts two years, the Membership is automatically set for two full calendar years, but if you decide to retake your exams after this time, just let us know, and we will extend your Membership free of charge.
I am a Basic Member. I would like to become a Full Member. How can I do this?
Simply log in to your account as usual and go to Full Membership. After you click on the Membership option of your choice, you will be taken to the registration page – as you are logged in, your details will already be filled in. Choose your payment method (and/or use a Coupon, if you have one), click on the “Sign up” button, and you’re done! Enjoy your full access to all resources on PaperPlainz.
I have signed up for the IA Guide. Now I would like to become a Full Member. How can I do this?
Simply log in to your account as usual and go to Full Membership. After you click on the membership option of your choice, you will be taken to the registration page – as you are logged in, your details will already be filled in. Choose your payment method (and/or use a coupon, if you have one), click on the “Sign up” button, and you’re done! Enjoy your full access to all resources on PaperPlainz.
Can I have both Basic Membership and IA Guide Membership at the same time?
Yes! You just have to sign up for both.
If you are a Basic Member and you would like to purchase access to the IA Guide, simply go to the IA Guide registration page. As you are logged in, your details will be already filled in. Then choose your payment method, click on the “Sign up” button, and that’s it!
If you have already purchased access to the IA Guide and you would also like to gain access to the materials reserved for Basic Members, simply go to the Basic Membership registration page. As you are logged in, your details will be already filled in. Click on “Sign up” and enjoy access to more resources :)
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