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  1. Yes, you will have to choose which 6 subjects contribute to your diploma BEFORE your exams. This means you can get a 1/7 on one of your diploma subjects and a 7/7 on your 7th subject, and still not have the 7/7 count to your diploma.
  2. To improve, you'd have to just be more perceptive of the data/graphs shown. Looking at the trends that are shown, making references to any important points from the introductory paragraph, noting down units, analyzing the validity of the information etc. I think I made a post about this in the past and will see if I can dig it up. But if you're worried about not getting a high enough score, don't be! It's really quite difficult to get over 30 out of the 40 available marks for Section A of Biology Paper 2. If you're averaging 28-30~ marks, you can already achieve a level 7 as the paper's Section B, as well as your other assessments are the areas where people tend to perform better.
  3. I think there are special cases at the very end to ask for an IA to be remoderated in case there are very large discrepancies between what the IB gave you and what the teacher gave you (?) though I'm not sure. Also sounds like you have it pretty hard – have you talked about your teacher's behavior with your DP Coordinator?
  4. I woulda loved to have taken iGCSE over MYP. Maybe it's just the way my school taught it, but MYP didn't prep me anything whatsoever for the DP
  5. I don't know how you're doing, but I'd drop Bio HL or Dutch HL. Imo you'd get larger gains from dropping Bio HL as you'll have MUCH less content to prepare for your exams.
  6. No problem. I'm not sure – but if you ask your DP coordinator or university counsellor, they should know. If not, I think you can do some digging on the internet on IB Score Reporting FAQ or each individual school's policies to find out what you need to do.
  7. I don't think you have to worry about your IB scores staying valid long enough – I don't have exact numbers, but I'm willing to bet they''d last more than 3 years. There ARE disadvantages with taking gap years as even with higher overall marks, you'll have universities wondering if you're taking a gap year solely in order to get into better schools, which isn't that valid a reason (at least to them). To avoid this, you'll need to be very productive even whilst your taking a gap year e.g. doing volunteer work abroad, employment at a company, pursuing a primary passion such as writing/art etc. Without doing these or similar things, your chances at getting into those schools are slimmer than even if you applied to Yale with a predicted 38 whilst you're still at senior year. Also such scores aren't the deciding factors in applying for admissions to such schools. Top American schools require extremely high scores in the SATs, usually above 1450/1600 to stand a chance. Oxford on the other hand, although without SAT requirements and are relatively less "holistic" compared to US schools, will still demand interview processes that really looks at what kind of individual you are, also looking at how many related activities you've done e.g. hospital interns or volunteering at medical camps for medicine. All these factors combined make it rather unfavourable for people to take gap years, unless they have genuine reasons to do so. Although getting 43 points in the IB is an extremely respectable feat and something you should be very proud of, unfortunately the very best schools in the world won't really consider it the same way. Also, the UCAS application deadline isn't until January 15. You do have some time to prepare a solid application into prestigious UK schools such as Warwick, UCL, ICL, LSE – all considered near or on par with Oxbridge.
  8. I'd say the easiest one is through family – do you have any relatives willing to offer you a part time job? Another is through working at a tutoring centre if you have any near where you leave.
  9. They always test a significant range of the syllabus, unfortunately. Generally, expect Cells, Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution to appear (can't say for sure as I've yet to do the Nov 2016 exams yet, but they always have appeared in decent proportions in all past exams). Plus, they're arguably the simplest topics to cover. If I were you, I'd shy away from HL Animal Physiology, as based on what people have complained about, the new syllabus exams of late haven't really touched on them. Check your PM – if you'd like, we can schedule a couple review sessions leading up to your mocks.
  10. Unless you provide specific examples e.g. with links, I'm really not sure what you're talking about.
  11. The subjects don't change. Where did you find them changing? Unless it's an anticipated course, it's supposed to last 2 years.
  12. SAT Maths really doesn't correspond whatsoever to any Maths level in the IB ie. even as an SL Maths student, I do almost as well in SAT Maths as a friend who takes HL Maths. That said, if you have an affinity for Maths, you'll definitely find SAT Maths much easier. Unlike in the IB, it doesn't strictly test your knowledge of content, but more so your logic ability to discern patterns. There's also a lot of somewhat simple tricks for SAT Maths that allows you to ignore some of the more complex maths and still net you a high score.
  13. IB Diploma Program = 2 year long program IB1 = DP1 = Person is at 1st year of IB IB2 = DP2 = Person is at 2nd year of IB
  14. I'm really confused about this thread – is the OP an explanation or question o.O In any case I'll try answering Befuddled: The new SAT is much more similar to the ACT now, although I find the reading + writing in the ACT slightly easier and the maths slightly harder than the SAT. Universities don't care whichever one you take though, so try doing both and see which one you prefer. If you want to do pre-med in the U.S., it's strongly recommended that you do SAT Subject Tests. You'll be strongly recommend to take, if not required to, SAT Chemistry, and then either SAT Biology or SAT Math II will put you in good stead. I got 750 & 740 out of 800 for SAT Biology and SAT Chemistry, without purchasing any test prep material. It's not the greatest scores by any means, but it's on the average for the schools I'd like to go to and I'm content with that. A lot of the IB content overlaps with what's on the SAT test – you just gotta be aware of their test format e.g. each wrong answer deducts your overall score by 0.25, so I wouldn't say purchasing test prep materials are necessary. It's actually really annoying to do SAT subject tests once you're in senior year though – nearly screwed up my mock exams since my subject tests were on the Saturday before my mocks
  15. Yeah I'm applying to uni as well – including Boston U. Haven't started essay yet tho – the IB procrastination life continues...