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  1. I'd personally go with the more established school just because I would assume it would already be experienced in all of the IB's policies, mark schemes, and required components. A newer school may bring in teachers who have never done IB before, so that is often a huge struggle. However, pre-IB really is pretty generic and falls under the district policies, not IB, so there should be fewer hiccups with that. The only downside I can see is if the first year pre-IB courses are poorly run, in which case a lot of students would simply drop out (this was the case with the new pre-AP program in a high school near me. They almost had to cancel it because enrollment dropped to 7 kids) In the end, go where you're happiest. If one school stands out more socially/academically/financially/athletically then definitely consider going there. PS commuting isn't bad. I spent 2 hours a day on a bus to get to my IB school (Halton region)
  2. I've read Legend several times (as well as the rest of the trilogy) and in all honesty I don't think it's appropriate for an EE. My school discouraged YA books in HL Lit in general because there just isn't enough depth and you probably won't get an A or B if you choose it If you like dystopian, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale is really haunting and thought provoking. Really good read, plus it brings up some really deep thoughts on religion and feminism Take this with a grain of salt though. My school hasn't produced an English EE in 5 years.
  3. I graduated from a Canadian IB school so if you wanna ask me any questions then feel free Starting with the Essay, it's a 4000 word research paper on a topic of your choice, but most often you write it in a subject you're taking (for example, you can do a history research paper if you're taking history because you'll (hopefully) be good at it). It's often done on your own, but you get a teacher to be a supervisor so you can ask them questions whenever. TOK is kinda sorta philosophy. It's basically a course that blows your mind by making you question how you know things. You have to write an essay and make a presentation for this class. My school offered a course during school for TOK, but every school is different and some don't have TOK as a class. I can 95% say it'll be harder than Grade 10. The assignments are longer and the classes are more detailed so you have to know more content than a normal academic class. However, I didn't find it impossible, and the first semester is usually the easiest. You'll probably have some late nights where you're writing an essay til midnight, but if you manage your time you can easily catch those ZZZs. Procrastination is the downfall for IB kids. I don't think art classes IN SCHOOL count, but if you take lessons then I think it's fair game. Creativity is really open to interpretation and it's a great way to destress. Sports teams are also perfect for Activity and you'll get a ton of hours. Service is anything that involves leadership. Volunteering works (I think there's some small restrictions but not really important) and you can also plan and run school/community activities. You have to record how many hours you do and get a supervisor signature and fill out 'reflections' about what you gained from the experience. CAS was pretty easy. 90% of my IB class finished it in Year 1 YUP YOU DO. Again, try not to worry about this now. I wrote a 2000 word essay about building the perfect fortress during the zombie apocalypse and proved that my guards could intercept any zombies before reaching the perimeter. This is hard to explain. if you're by chance from Ontario, send a message and I'll explain it a bit more in depth. But in general your marks get converted to a level from 1-7 and 7 is the top. There's a grade boundary for each level in each class (for example, in my Biology class an 80%+ became a 7). Just chill and hang with friends. You'll probably have to sacrifice some social life for IB, so enjoy it while you can. Other than that, just improve any study habits and time management skills you have. You'll need it
  4. Looking back at my IB years, I really wish I dropped to certificate or transferred to the AP school. It wasn't because of grades or bad teachers, but because I realised that my post-secondary pathway didn't align well with the IB program offered at my high school. I think my school had a very 'pre-med' and humanities focused program, but did not offer a strong background for engineering. There was no subject choice other than choosing HL History or online Econ/Psych/ITGS (lotsa $$$) for Group 3, whereas AP and the provincial system offered loads of choices and electives. I still got into my dream school, but SL Math and non-IB summer school physics were a huge obstacle in first term.
  5. My Bio IA was easily one of my favourite IAs (tied with my Chem IA). I grew wheatgrass in soil and in an aquaponics system and compared growth rate, percent yield, water intake, and about 7 other factors. Easy set-up, easy procedure and really easy analysis. Got a high 7 and I was allowed to keep the fish in the end!
  6. Depends on your school for pre-IB. At my school they probably wouldn't let you take IB French just because it's harder than Grade 10 french. If it's a non-academic issue that's causing that mark, then maybe talk to the IB coordinator about your specific situation
  7. AHAHHAHAH I did not expect to see my uni on this thread. Just curious as to why though? We have the reputation of being one of the 'ugliest' universities in Canada Anyways my top 3: Italy UK Hawaii (US)
  8. Not gunna lie, the jump from Grade 10 pre-IB to Grade 11 IB is BIG. Everyone struggles in the beginning. Maybe IB diploma isn't for you, but perhaps consider a certificate if it's offered at your school? There's also nothing wrong with taking academic courses either. They are significantly more flexible and some are really cool that would never be taught in IB. This is very much a personal choice. I know a lot of successful people who never took an IB course because they don't prefer to learn in an exam and essay heavy curriculum.
  9. Hey I can try to help a bit!! Ontario universities make all admission decisions before May 28. Most come out during early May. What Canadian IB students do is send in predicted scores in April, giving us lots of time to improve any low scores. You should check to see if this is applicable to you. To be a bit frank, your scores are not competitive enough for Western or UBC. In Canada, international applicants have to compete for very few seats (usually 10-15% of the entire class is reserved for out of country applicants) so there's lots of competition for them from around the world. I think you could get into York, and with some improvement, Ryerson and Ottawa might be achievable. If things don't work out, you could try repeating physics and maybe chemistry. It's a policy at Ryerson, York and Ottawa to take the highest prerequisite mark, even if it's your second try.
  10. I graduated from full IB, yet I pushed both my sisters to apply to AP so I'm familiar with both systems as well as pre-IB and pre-AP programs in Canada. Tbh Grade 9 is a bit early to decide what you wanna do and you could easily change your mind (I though I would go into business, then completely changed my path). In this case, you should probably keep a lot of options open. AP offers a lot more flexibility, which I wish I had. Partial IB is flexible too, but is largely determinant on what your school offers in terms of HL or SL. Full IB is very rigid, a lot of work, yet probably prepares you best for university because you would get a lot of transfer credits and already know how to manage your time effectively. If you are looking at teaching, the best education programs in Canada are not competitive, with maybe a low 90s or high 80s admission average, and you can even get into some with low 80s. They do not care if you have AP, IB or regular courses, and in many cases extra-curriculars don't matter either.
  11. Late to the party but maybe someone will see this? For good Canadian engineering schools (University of Toronto, Waterloo, University of British Columbia and McGill in no particular order) those subjects satisfy the requirements perfectly. Some of them (Waterloo for sure) only care about the prereqs (English, Math, Physics, Chem) while others (UBC) care about your overall score. To get in, you'll need mainly 6s and 7s, as well as strong extra-curriculars (which CAS should help with)
  12. I went from a 4 in HL English to a 7, and a 3 in SL French to a high 6 (predicted 7). It's possible to boost your mark significantly, so don't give up!
  13. Oh so you're an Ontario student!! I can help you out! I did pre-IB here in Ontario too. The way my school did it was that we would do some extra projects or slightly harder tests, but the core material was the same. My school had a policy that pre-IB had to take the same exams as academic, so we did so well since we were so prepared! Grade 9 is only marginally harder (more work for projects and homework) but Grade 10 gets slightly harder (my school made Grade 10 pre-IBs fast-track Grade 11 math, plus they threw in real IB questions on tests). The goal of pre-IB is to get you thinking critically and to establish good study habits, regardless if you continue IB or not. Academic is good too, but I found the students to be less motivated and the work to be very easy. I think you should give it a shot! You can always go back to academic if it's not for you, but going into pre-IB from academic can be kinda hard, and going from academic Grade 10 to IB will be REALLY hard. Don't shut those doors just yet.
  14. WOw so similar. I'm studying biomedical engineering and I want to minor in economics (mostly because I was only rewarded transfer credits for HL Econ). Also had Math SL and kinda regret that even though I didn't have a choice