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    One thing that everyone likes to say is to start early. This is true but to an extent. We started our EE process in around March, but by then I was pretty sure what I wanted to do, I finalised my topic after my first meeting with my supervisor. Then I researched regarding my topic and methods that were already there, and I started pre-trials before Easter. I finished my experiments before we left for the summer holidays, but this was because the experiment itself was pretty long as I had to leave the apparatus running overnight. Depending on your experiment, I would suggest planning and staying back at school for as long as possible to finish your experiments and collecting data. My planning and organization really helped and meant that I wasn't stressed after I came back from the holidays. That being said, I did no work on my EE during the holidays because I was busy with uni stuff, but all in all, I would say I had my first draft done around September. I did book a lot of meetings with my supervisor regarding the wording of certain things in my report and how exactly to go about the formatting, so don't be afraid to book meetings with your supervisor! You have to be able to chase them down because usually, they won't remind you about meetings and things like that. Make sure you're organized and on top of your work, and finish collecting data as soon as possible! Hope this helped!
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    Oh my god I have the same problem as you right now! At the beginning of the year I was getting 3s and 4s even though I thought I understood the topics. What I've started to do is writing revision notes (try shortening down all the information in the textbook into a notebook) and then look through it during revision. After this, I would print out a ton of past paper questions and do ALL of them and then correct the questions I got wrong. This process can take a while, but I find myself understanding the questions more and know how to answer them to get me the marks. Now, my grades are increasing (can't wait to get a 7 soon!) so it should work for you. Try not to stress too much, just remember you have it in you!!
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    My Biology IA on allelopathy and plant science. Marked in May 2017 session; grade breakdown are as follows: Personal Engagement: 2/2 Exploration: 5/6 Analysis: 6/6 Evaluation: 6/6 Communication: 3/4
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    I can't say I can corroborate that anecdotal experience with mine. My friend that had predicted grades of 7 and a final of 6 for Physics HL got a very low 600 for their real SAT Physics test.
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    Despite averaging 7s in Biology & Chemistry HL, on practice tests I typically made 650s~/800 on the corresponding subject tests. I felt SAT Subject tests were more in line with AP content and I actually studied off of my Biology teacher's old AP Biology slides back when he taught it in previous schools. As for Chemistry, I had to get familiar with more physical chemistry aspects and crappy units like Torr and mm Hg. I ended up getting 750s for my real tests on both, but it was a lot of extra effort beyond what was covered in the IB and I was pretty annoyed at that. My friends who were top students at my school's Math and Physics HL classes were also only getting 600s on their Physics & Maths SAT Subject tests initially and had to go through a lot of extra work just to hit the 700 benchmark. I don't think anyone got above a 690/800 on the SAT Math II from my school at the time.
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    Oh, okay, I see. Yeah, I'll just see if I can sign up for the June dates for the Bio E/M and Maths 2 SATs. I've already taken the main SAT a few times and I've settled with a score I'm happy with, so I'm just working on getting these subject test scores.
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    Some Early Decision and Early Application wants SAT in by November exam date so best to take it in August so you get results back in September and determine if you need to retake in November.
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    I scored well on Physics SAT taking 1 year of Physics SL, but I was doing very well in the class. You should at least work through available sample problems on the collegeboard website.I think if you find the physics questions manageable then you should take it in case any school wants to see it or if you want to pursue biomedical engineering. In both biology and physics, I would not recommend just counting on your SL course if you are serious about scoring well.
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    Well, I was unsure of my exact topic but I had a basic idea of what topic I wanted to do - these were things I found interesting in the course. I felt more comfortable talking to my biology teacher first so I asked him what were the possible topics I could do, and from those, I narrowed down and did some research on my own, then I went to my supervisor. After proposing my ideas, my supervisor helped me narrow down to one topic, which I again went away to research on - our school had a form type of thing that had to be filled out pretty early on, so this kind of forced me to consider everything. The form had things like why I wanted to do the topic, how it was related to biology, a research question, an estimation of the graph of data, independent and dependent variables, a hypothesis, supporting research - things like that. So I was pretty secure in my topic and my supervisor assured me that my topic was okay. I guess if you're feeling unsure, I would recommend talking to your supervisor. I was open with my supervisor and honest, so whenever I had problems I would just tell him and ask him a bunch of questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions - that's what your supervisor is for! Don't feel afraid of sounding dumb or anything like that to your supervisor, everyone is bound to have trouble coming up with an idea for your topic for EE - this is pretty much the first time you have to write up your own paper. But don't go asking for help when you haven't done any work yourself: make sure you've done a bunch of research. Go on forums, look at examples of what people have done, look at the course and pick a couple of topics you're interested in. Search for experiments related to those topics - I literally just searched for "high school experiments" on Google. This got a bit long but I hope it helped
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    Thanks a lot for your answer! What are the kinds of questions you discussed with your supervisor? I am having trouble knowing to what extent I can ask for help when I feel confused and did you feel insecure how your topic would work out? If you did how did you try to become more secure? Thanks
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    Do the topic in which you can speak a lot about because the EE is 4000 words! Don't scrap your topic...but perhaps incorporate Calvin Klein into the 'gender stereotypes in advertisements'. So that way you are doing a safer topic of which you speak allot about but using the brand CK as proof in your paper. of course what I'm saying is quite subjective, and perhaps you have quite a lot to say about Calvin Klein! My baseline advice, do either of the topics you can speak comfortably and a lot about.