Title says it all. If I learn the ab initio language I'm studying to a point beyond what is taught at the IB through self-study, can I apply this learned knowledge to the written assessment (e.g. using more complicated grammar structures, words not in the course, etc.)? Specifically for the externally assessed final IB examinations.
Despite having over a year's experience with the language by this September, I'm taking Mandarin ab initio through Pamoja next year. To those who have finished it - what HSK or CEFR level would you say it got you to? I can already pass HSK 3 and would like to know if the course could bring me any further. While it's already set in stone and I know it will be good to strengthen my foundations, it's still a question of interest.