TOK exhibition

The TOK exhibition is the ‘new’ assessment task for the 2022 syllabus, replacing the presentation from the 2015 syllabus. It is an individual rather than a group task, and is completed at the end of the first year of the Diploma Programme.

The TOK exhibition: practical details

Below we outline the practical details of the exhibition. We go into more detail about these aspects on the different pages for the TOK exhibition; follow the links to take you to them. Your teacher will obviously go through all of these points, particularly on the process of assessing your final exhibition.
• The TOK exhibition is an individual task
• It represents one third of the overall mark for TOK
  It is assessed internally, with a selection of exhibition files from each year group sent off to be moderated by the IB
• You choose one IA prompt to explore, from a list of 35 options. These remain the same for every exam session
• Three objects are also selected for the exhibition
• The aim of the exhibition is to demonstrate the relationship between the objects and the IA prompt in a 950-word commentary
• There is a single criterion for marking, and three characteristics of an excellent essay (convincing, precise, and lucid)
• The context of the exhibition should be based on the core theme, or one of the optional themes
• 8 hours of teaching/planning/writing is required for the exhibition task
• Ideally, your exhibition should form the basis of a public event, to showcase TOK to the rest of the learning community
• The exhibition is done at the end of the first year of the DP

More support for the TOK exhibition

Make sure that your TOK teacher has given you access to all the documents and online material that support the exhibition. These include the TOK Subject Guide (for the 2022 syllabus) – where you’ll find the IA prompts, and the exhibition rubric – and the exemplar TOK exhibitions (found in ‘MyIB’, which is accessible to teachers).
Follow the links above to take you to the three different elements of the TOK exhibition; we’ve also created a page giving some tips on how to put on your exhibition if your school is running a public ‘exhibition day’ which you can visit here. It suggests ways of presenting ideas to an audience.
If your school is a member of, we have designed a series of lessons on the exhibition, with a three practice exhibition tasks. These will familiarize you with the IA prompts, how to select effective objects, and the assessment rubric. If you are signed into the site, you can access these lessons here.
You can also find out our thoughts on the TOK exhibition (and the TOK essay) in several webinars that we have delivered. The main one is the TOK Assessment 2022 webinar, but we also consider this form of assessment in our free webinars on the 2022 course. You can see these webinars on this page of the site.

FAQs about the TOK exhibition

How is the TOK exhibition marked? The exhibition commentary, and images of the three objects (along with references) is added to an exhibition file. This is marked internally by your TOK teacher, and uploaded to your IB dashboard, to be moderated externally. Your TOK teacher will explain this process in more detail.
Where can I find out more about TOK exhibition rubric? Read our guidance on the rubric for the exhibition here. You can read the official rubric in the TOK subject guide, on page 47. Your TOK teacher will give you a copy of this.
What are the IA prompts for the TOK exhibition, and how to I choose one? This page discusses the IA prompts. Your choice of a prompt should be driven by what you find interesting and engaging, and align to the experiences you’ve had inside and outside the TOK classroom. It should also allow you to explore either the core theme, or one of the optional themes.
What do you mean by exhibition ‘objects’? Find out more about the exhibition objects here. These allow you both to demonstrate the way TOK manifests itself in the real world, and link your experiences as a knower to the TOK course.
How do I write my exhibition commentary? We discuss the commentary here. In a nutshell, the commentary relates your objects to the IA prompt you’ve chosen, and shows how TOK is relevant to both the world around us, and to you personally.

Ask a question

We’ll also be happy to respond to questions you might have on the TOK exhibition. We can’t, unfortunately, reply to all of these, but we will try our best to offer answers to the most frequently asked, and post them here. Use the contact form to get in touch.