Theory of knowledge (TOK) is assessed through an oral presentation and a 1,600 word essay.
Set a Knowledge Question (KQ) Ideally, create something that incorporates large parts of the prescribed title. TOK knowledge questions typically start with: “To what extent …”. Choosing an open ended question as such will really help you in your conclusion!
You should have a basic understanding of all the Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge. Aim to include 2-3 WOK and AOK in your essay. Areas of Knowledge: Areas of knowledge are designed to answer questions about “what we know”, rather than “how we know”.Apr 14, 2020
7 Tips for Your TOK Essay
- Become friends with Ways of Knowing (WOKs) and Areas of Knowledge (AOKs)
- Be familiar with the terminology.
- Challenge personal biases and preferences.
- Vary research methods.
- Make an outline first.
- Read past TOK essays that received high scores.
- Reverse engineer outlines for past TOK essays.
Body Paragraph 1 (250-350 words)
- Explore the first AoK you chose.
- Introduce a real life example.
- Explain why this real life example supports or doesn't support the PT using WoKs.
- Talk about if this is a unique example, or if that example is true for most of that AoK.
The step-by-step method
- First, write your introduction, using 150-200 words.
- Next write your first development. 2 paragraphs totalling 600 words.
- Now, write another two body paragraphs, looking at your second AOK. Use the same approach you saw in paragraphs 2 and 3.
- Finally, write your 'conclusion'.