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  1. Well I know people who have gotten in with much worse; just last year a guy from my school got into Stern with the same predicted grade (on 42), 1710 in the SAT. NYU CAS isn't impossible, provided you aren't applying for aid and don't have any major problems in your app (discipline, very low semester grades, screwups in exams etc). In any case NYU is test-optional so your SAT score shouldn't bring you down much. If your essays are good you /should/ be through, although with the States you can never really predict with absolute accuracy. Also yeah, they will look mainly at predicted grades and consistency with your school grades and not GPA since you can't really have a GPA with the IB.
  2. For the UK, I applied for English and Modern Languages (English + A different language at each place). Predicted: 42/45 with 777 in top 3 HLs (screw you math) Merton College, Oxford: English and Beginners' Modern Greek: Rejected [email protected] St Andrews: Persian, Russian and English: Accepted, 38 with 6 in English King's College London: German with English: Accepted, 35 with 665 in top 3 HLs SOAS: Turkish with English: Accepted, 35 with 665 in top 3 HLs Edinburgh: Persian and English Literature: Accepted, 37 with 6 in English
  3. I also have both subjects (but Psych SL, which honestly isn't wildly different from Psych HL) and my personal recommendation is Psych. It's so much more interesting (and all the people in my school with both Econ and Psych agree with me). It is more difficult but that's because IB economics is fairly easy, the only real challenge you have in it is getting everything on paper within the allotted time. Psych isn't terribly difficult either; once you figure out the format in which to write the essays it becomes a question of making sure you know the content reasonably well. It's worth noting that psych has more room for error; if you don't remember the details of a particular study, depending on what you can't remember you can just omit or summarise details (eg leaving out the year if you can't remember, saying "research has found that..." instead of "Baddeley's experiment found that...", etc) while in Econ if you can't remember a particular detail you will be penalised for it and a fair amount no matter what. That being said, Psychology does have a fair amount of content, and you should seriously think about whether or not you can cope with that amount of content, taking your other subjects into account. I personally think that if you can handle History HL you'll have no problem with Psych; the information may be a lot, but they don't intersect a great amount and you won't get confused in one because of the other. If you'd like to know about specific topics you cover in Econ and Psych and what they're like, you can always PM me. Good luck with your decision!
  4. The Siege, by Ismail Kadare. One of the best books I have ever read, and I have read a lot. It's not a very hard book to grasp in terms of language, but the storytelling is just hypnotic. It draws you in, and by the end of the book, even though many, many details of the siege (such as the exact location) are left out you get this intense feeling of having been there and having lived the conflict. Lots of underrated books but none in my opinion more than this one.
  5. Hi everyone. I am posting this on the forum to gain an outside appraisal of my situation, I will be applying to colleges predominantly in the States, with max 2-3 outside (Ireland and Hong Kong). My dream college is Georgetown, which mandates 3 SAT II subject tests on top of the traditional SAT. I plan to take the Math II, Chemistry and Literature tests. I took the SAT I in Jan and got 2120, which is lower than what I'd like and so I have to retake. Here is where I currently face a dilemma: Between now and November 1 (the due date of Georgetown's EA application) there are 3 test dates: May, June and October in which I have to fit 3 SAT IIs and a retake of the SAT I. I was initially planning the SAT I in May, Math iI and Literature in June and Chemistry in October but owing to other work I haven't been able to study for the SAT I, and now I feel registering for it will result in a more or less similar score. This leaves me with the following options: 1. May: Math II/Lit, June, SAT I and October, Chem and Lit/Math II 2. June: SAT I and October: all 3 SAT IIs 3. 2, but with the order reversed 2 and 3 seem vastly difficult, as there is no way I can do all 3 in one day by my own assessment, and this leaves me with 1. Now my confusion is, which of the two should I do in May? I won't have an issue with the difficulty of either test, but I somehow feel less confident about literature as a test, since I wouldn't be able to get in too much practice in April (no, English HL work doesn't count in the least). For math, since I have math HL I would be getting practice at least on the mathematical side of things, and I'm sure I would be able to fit in more time to practice for this test since I have to actually regularly work for math in class, but I worry as to whether I have enough content covered to do it. In math so far we have covered: Functions Polynomials Sequences and Series Induction Binomial Theorem Logarithms Trigonometry Complex Numbers and we start calculus in a week. I haven't been able to read through a detailed syllabus of the Math II test but I've seen a basic syllabus and I don't think I've covered every single topic in class. I think I could handle the math itself (I currently teeter on the edge of a 6, and have so far gotten 6,5,5 and 6 in the 4 tests we've had this term) but I still want an outside opinion as to which test I would be best off taking in May. What would IB Survival, in its infinite wisdom, recommend to this mortal mind of mine?
  6. I personally don't think any amount of 'vulgarity' is too much; everything is fair game in comedy. But it depends on the execution and the nature of the joke itself. Something by Jimmy Carr would be perfect, because he actually brings out humour in his 'offensive' jokes, but some jokes are just not funny, irrespective of at whom they poke fun.
  7. I use an Alienware M14X and it is brilliant (once everyone in your class stops freaking out about the colours). Extremely powerful, nothing ever lags and though I found it heavy at first (it weighs roughly 3 kg) I got used to it (and more muscular) quickly. No software compatibility issues, everything is there when I need it, and most funnily of all, a Macbook with the same specs would cost roughly 140,000 rupees more at the time (my laptop cost 87,000). I wouldn't go for a Mac for well anything; then again I don't like Macs at all. If money is no object I would recommend the Alienware 14 or the Dell XPS. If you want a cheaper option you could look at the Dell Vostro or Inspiron series, or one of its competitors.
  8. So today, I had a meeting with my school's principal because the accounting department of another school to whose MUN we had sent a delegation lost their cheques and decided the best course of action was to blame me personally. I then received the following tasks over the course of the day to complete today: 1. Contact that school and find out what went wrong. 2. Force an apology from their principal in writing. 3. 39 math questions due tomorrow 4. A surprise chemistry lab report 5. 4 Psych short answers 6. 2 economics data response questions 7. 3 resolution drafts for an upcoming MUN 8. Correcting the resolutions of other delegates going for this MUN 9. Uploading 28 photos for a CAS reflection 10. Finish 3 CAS reflections 11. Prepare 4 powerpoints for an NGO 12. Work for my school's MUN in December I am finally done with all but math. It's math time now!! This is all really fun though I'm enjoying all this.
  9. Math HL is the type of subject where you really need to get the concept ingrained and drilled into your skull. I did extended math at IGCSE, and I found it ridiculously easy; I actually didn't study math at ALL for a 7 month period (except during tests) but really struggled with HL at the start. The problem with HL is the 'simple' questions are fairly all-or-nothing in terms of marks; either you get all the marks possible or basically nothing, and the 'tough' questions are just really tough. The concepts aren't too difficult; the workload on the other hand...... In my own case, my first ever test (functions) i got a 2. After that, what I started doing was really studying the concept as I would for say Psychology or Chemistry. For functions, I wrote down all the 'rules' for transformations and whatnot and explained the logic behind every little thing; e.g. reciprocal graphs have asymptotes because at some point the denominator equals 0 and x/0 is undefined. After that I did practice questions, and when I got the hang of the concept I started making them time trials; giving myself 55, then 50, then 40 seconds per mark for a set of questions. My first ever test was a 2; my final test last term was a 7. I put in almost all my study time into math, and I can't really sustain it this term so I'm aiming for a 6 this term. You don't really need to put in all your time for math though; you do have other subjects and they will need attention If you're struggling with cross topic questions, do this; find some cross-topic questions, and instead of solving them, just list each and every concept you would need to solve that problem. Do this a few times with a number of questions and then start solving them. Don't panic at one-off bad tests, as long as you're understanding things overall. My own grades fluctuate between 4 and 7 but as long as I'm averaging a 6 (which I comfortably manage now) I have no reason to panic. As far as books go, use Cambridge and Pearson; I find them the most complete and complementary; they both have some things missing but they fill each other's gaps. As far as dropping is concerned; that's really up to you. If you NEED it then you obviously don't have a choice, but if you don't need it you should decide based on your interests and priorities. In my own case, I didn't consider dropping it at any point (even though i have 4 HLs and got a 2 in my first math test) as I had dropped additional math during IGCSE and always regretted it because extended math was slow and boring. Whatever you decide, best of luck! @behaaa: I'm not crazy
  10. At my school, the kids who want to do Law in college usually have English HL and 2 of the following 3 at HL: Economics History Psychology I have Economics HL and Psychology SL, and my own opinion is that since essay-based subjects are considered better preparation for law, you'd benefit more from Psych than economics or BM. Keep psych, and take economics is my recommendation; economics and BM are fairly similar but economics seems to get more 'respect' at least from British, european and Southeast Asian universities (though it becomes an irrelevant consideration if you're applying to college in the US). Furthermore, at least as far as the theory involved goes, I'd imagine (though I can't be sure of this as I don't study Law) that pure economics intersects with law more than pure business does, and that since there's no major difference in difficulty between the two, and they intersect with each other a fair bit, you'd end up with some knowledge of the other anyway.
  11. I'd say go with Chem HL. It's honestly tough at the start of each topic, but with a bit of work it becomes very easy. You find that things you learned in previous units help out and though it's tough at first things eventually start to synthesize and become fairly simple (though practicing past paper questions is needed). Bio HL I'm given to understand is just a lot of memorization and apparently what I described for Chem (everything eventually coming together and making sense) doesn't happen in Bio (according to the kids taking both at HL). Also, with Chem, there's scope for error; if you don't remember a concept its always possible to work out what you have to. In bio, however, if you forget one fact and you're asked about that particular fact, you're screwed. (not my personal experience, this is again what I've gotten from kids with both at HL) I'm assuming you're applying to colleges in the US mainly, so just go through the syllabus and see which resonates with you more; it's not like US colleges have strict subject requirements like the UK or some other places. You can't really go wrong with either but Chem is awesome so I recommend Chem HL.
  12. Most certainly not an impossible combination, don't worry. Well if you want to do engineering then you will need Physics HL. If you're set on Medicine, Biology may be helpful but isn't always essential, while Chemistry HL is. If you're interested in medicine with certainty then you should keep Chem HL and take Bio HL instead of Physics. If you aren't sure about medicine it may be useful to keep physics, you'd have to look at which scientific fields you're specifically interested in and decide between Physics and Bio based on that but Chemistry HL is essential for medicine.
  13. Either is enough for a 7, but the Cambridge one is better honestly; it has more information than the Oxford one and has better (and more) examples and diagrams. The Oxford one gives you exactly what you need and nothing more, which is good if you detest the subject and just want to get it done (like me ) but if you want to really understand the subject and find it interesting I think the Cambridge book would be better.
  14. 45 ideally, but anything above: 7 in English, Chem, Math, Economics and Psych and an A in my EE is acceptable by me.
  15. English LangLit HL BM HL Economics HL ESS SL Math Studies Hindi B SL This only applies for someone who lives in India but yeah this is the de facto easy way out of the diploma in my school.