ITGS Practice exam questions

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ITGS practice exam questions are a good way to prepare for the (rapidly closing) final ITGS exams. We have studied lots of past papers in class, covering questions from as far back as 2012 to the most recent exam papers. (You need to be careful with older papers because the exam format has changed somewhat. However, often the individual questions are often still useful). If you have exhausted our supply of IB past exam papers, here are a few exam style questions to keep you going:

Question 1

Several organisations have developed low cost computers for use in the developing world. The XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child project is one example of this. It has been deployed across the world and has a number of features designed for harsh environments. The specification of the laptop is stated below:

  • CPU clock speed: 433 Mhz
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Mass storage: 1024 MB flash storage
  • Liquid-crystal display: 7.5” dual-mode TFT display
  • Battery capacity: 16.5 Watt-hours (NIMH), 22 Watt-hours (LiFeP)


a) Define the term clock speed. [1 mark]
b) State the amount of secondary storage in the laptop above. [1 mark]
c) Describe one method of authentication, other than passwords, that users of the laptop could use. [2 marks]
d) Describe two precautions that would be needed to protect data stored on the laptop. [4 marks]
e) The OLPC initially used FOSS. Explain how FOSS could benefit the OLPC programme. [4 marks]
f) Evaluate the use of low cost laptops such as the OLPC in developing countries. [8 marks]
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Question 2

Many countries block access to some material on the Internet. This can be done for a variety of reasons. For example, in recent years multiple governments have temporarily blocked access to social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

a) Define the term ‘WAN’. [2 marks]
b) In the context of Internet filtering, define the term false positive. [2 marks]
c) Explain two situations in which a government may wish to block access to material on the Internet. [4 marks]
d) Explain two ways a firewall could determine whether or not to filter (block) Internet content. [4 marks]
e) To what extent is it appropriate for a government to control access to Internet sites? [8 marks]

Question 3

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A school is considering implementing a student monitoring system which would involve the inclusion of RFID chips in students’ school uniforms. These RFID chips would be read by RFID readers in key locations such as doorways, enabling the system to record when the chips passed. It is envisioned that such a system would help keep track of student attendance and lateness.

a) Define the term RFID. [2 marks]
b) Identify two pieces of information that would be recorded by the proposed system. [2 marks]
c) Describe one way the developers of the system could plan the project schedule. [2 marks]
d) The school will write a usage policy before implementing the new system. Explain three items that would need to be included in this policy. [6 marks]
e) Evaluate the use of the proposed system in schools. [8 marks]

When you have finished these ITGS practice exam questions, you might also find it useful to look at other resources on this site. There are examples of practice questions, a list of ITGS past paper topics, revision resources, plus the IB past papers accessible from the (private) VLE.

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