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  1. It's totally possible. I did my entire EE (research included) in one night for the first draft. You'll be totally fine
  2. I personally think it should not be allowed to take an ab initio language if you've done four years of the language already. Language B is for people who have studied a language for around that length of time. Is there another language offered by your school that you could take ab initio?
  3. My old school does, but only did so after I left (annoyingly, as I wouldn't have done Geography, and I ended up doing IR at University)
  4. I'd take Visual Arts up to HL, and take physics SL. This should be fine for applying to architecture at any uni in the UK at least.
  5. Ignore the above 2 posters. Interior design is likely to include little to no maths, and UK universities do not care if you have studies for a course that has minimal maths. I'd imagine you'd need Art at HL but no other subjects would be required. e.g. http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/degrees/index.php?action=programme&code=W250
  6. I got a 7 in HL History 4 years ago, so apologies if my knowledge is dated. HL History is much easier to score a 7 in compared to HL Maths I actually wrote a pretty substantive piece on HL History and why it has a low average score which can be read here: In terms of medicine, it won't disadvantage you having HL History if you have HL Biology and Chemistry, and SL Mathematics. If anything, having a humanity at HL shows you have a wider academic engagement. This can be beneficial in showing you can approach the study of medicine from a different angle. I know someone who wrote their EE on the history of a specific medicine, and another who wrote their EE (in global politics) on the politics surrounding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It's things like this that will make you stand out from the people offering the standard HL Biology, Maths and Chemistry.m
  7. For your course, no. They care about so much more than your mathematical ability. Especially if you're getting 7s in Studies. I was predicted a 5 in Studies, and I know someone who applied for a similar course to me with SL predicted 6, and I got an offer and they didn't. Personal statements/application essays are way more important
  8. My university, St Andrews, offers Neuroscience. I know in the first year you do Psychology and Biology as your modules in your first two years, and then do Neuroscience modules in your last two. The entry requirements stipulate you only need two of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths so you should be fine. The entry requirements can be found here. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/neuroscience/neuroscience-bsc/
  9. If you're interested in medicine in the UK, you should look at this programme. It's a medical degree taught by the Universities of St Andrews and Edinburgh for Canadian school leavers. You need HL Biology and Chemistry and SL Maths as a minimum, but it gives you something to think about. http://medicine.st-andrews.ac.uk/teaching/bsc-hons-medicine/alberta/
  10. A bit late but ignore the above poster. This is a perfect UCAS application for your profile. Oxford is always a gamble, as is Imperial to an extent, but if you are predicted 40+ you're basically guaranteed an offer from Glasgow, and stand a good chance getting offers from UCL and Edinburgh. If you're an EU student, you stand a better chance getting an offer from UCL than Edinburgh, but if you're paying international fees Edinburgh will probably give you an offer, and a low one at that.
  11. Firstly, which universities and what course? I got 39. 39 is difficult to achieve and puts you in the top 6% of IB students worldwide, but it obviously is achievable. My advice to you is this. Drop one of your HLs. Choose which one you don't need and drop it. You'll waste valuable time and effort on the extra one that you won't need. I'd advise dropping maths or one of the sciences if you don't absolutely need them for university entrance, as English is easier to get a 5 or 6 in, but can be difficult to get a 7. It's hard for us to judge where your points would come from, as we don't know your academic ability I was predicted about 36, and predicted to get a 7 in history (which I did), 6s in English, biology and geography (got a 7 in English and 6s in the others) a 5 in maths studies (which I did get) and a 4 in French (which i got a 6 in), as well as B/B (got A/C) in EE/TOK. So clearly there can be a huge disparity between your predicted and actual result. Work hard, don't procrastinate, learn exam technique and learn you syllabi backwards, ESPECIALLY for economics, and physics and chemistry. They have much more detailed syllabi than English, French and to an extent, maths. For English, keep practicing your handling of texts and analysis, and in the run up to your IB exams write at least 2 practice essays per paper for English. The same applies for French and make sure your grammar is perfect, as a huge emphasis is put on it. The written assignment is also a godsend so do well in that!
  12. Actually 8% of candidates get a 7 in HL Maths, and with 11,000 candidates that means around 900-1000 candidates get a 7 in HL Maths every year. Difference is, people doing HL Maths haven't been forced to take it and are probably exceptional mathematicians. It's not the same with history. My school forced me into Math HL I'll be honest, I'm an American, and we don't take the IB as seriously as other places. I'm sure we do bring down the curve. That being said, there have been people who get 7s in history at my school, but no one ever gets close to getting a 7 in math, at my school or any of the other IB schools I've researched in the surrounding states. If 8% of people are getting it, they are no where near where I am. We had 1 7 in HL Maths in our year. He was an exceptional mathematician. We then had 1 5, 1 4, 2 3s and a 2, but our year wasn't great at math. Some schools get 10-11 7s in HL a year, in the UK at least.
  13. Actually 8% of candidates get a 7 in HL Maths, and with 11,000 candidates that means around 900-1000 candidates get a 7 in HL Maths every year. Difference is, people doing HL Maths haven't been forced to take it and are probably exceptional mathematicians. It's not the same with history.
  14. Firstly, what you should understand is that HL History (route 2) is the second most taken IB subject after English A Lit HL, at 36,000 candidates per year. That means on average, around 720 candidates achieve a 7, which isn't a lot. Now, many candidates who take HL History are sitting it in the USA, as it seems to be the most popular Group 3 subject across the pond. In the USA, the IB isn't generally used for admissions purposes, so a lot of the time you seen candidates not work as hard to achieve the higher grades (this certainly isn't the case for everyone, and I'm not saying every IB candidate in the USA isn't motivated to get higher grades, but when you have an unconditional offer to go to a university, you may greatly lose motivation to do well. Our history teacher was an IB - examiner for History of Americas and History of Europe/ME HL, and marked the TZ1 papers, He saw some shocking answers from candidates who'd clearly given up on studying (e.g. an essay on how Hitler won WW1 in History of Europe P3). Furthermore, a lot of schools in the States force people to take English lit and History at HL, when they may be more scientifically inclined, meaning that they aren't going to perform as well. In the UK, Australia, (Canada, I believe?) and Europe in general the IB is how some people rely on getting into university, and thus may study more and not procrastinate in their last year of school. For example, my school had about 20 people doing HL History and 9 of us got 7s, 1 got a 5 and the rest got 6s, as our university admission depended on it. If you look at History Route 1 HL, 27% of the 128 candidates got 7s. The schools that follow this route are mainly British international schools in the Middle East (I went to two of them whilst I lived there) and one school in the UK. The format is exactly the same, just different content, but the difference is people would have a) chosen to do history HL and were not pressured into it and b) have university offers resting on a good score in the IB. I'm in no way slamming the USA, and year on year the USA produces outstanding candidates in the IB, but so many people in the USA sit for the diploma and certificates, (70,000 in 2013), who end up not getting the higher grades that it brings the curve down. This is just my observation from years of being in IB schools. Achieving a 7 in history isn't too hard. It all boils down to how well you address the question and analyse the importance and significance of the historical events that the question specifies. Historiography can and often does make the difference between a 6 and a 7. I included historiography in all my P2 and P3 essays, and whilst I knew that they (the Paper 2 ones especially) weren't my best essays, I knew the historiographical content would make up for an essay that was shakey in some places. Often, very specific details can impress an examiner, but they should be used sparingly and your essays shouldn't be crammed full of facts. You should choose the evidence you use carefully, to avoid becoming narrative, and analyse the evidence to show why it is important. You can often play evidence off against each other; which was more important and why. Sometimes you come to the conclusion that actually, no single event/person was the most important, but all events were reliant on each other in causing something. The fact that you're engaging with the evidence shows the examiner you understand the content, and aren't simply regurgitating facts. This can also be done with historiography and you can play the opinions of historians off against each other; "whilst Figes maintains that the liberal attitudes of Tsar Alexander II were beneficial for Imperial Russia and improved the Romanov's standing amongst ordinary Russians, Kennedy ascertains that in actual fact, Alexander II's liberal attitudes would catalyse further dissidence, that would ultimately lead to the Tsar's son, Alexander III's reactionary and more conservative views that contribute to the ultimate fall of the Romanov era in February 1917." N.B It's been a year since I've done any sort of Russian history so don't take that as correct. For paper 1, it's simply exa technique, which you have to practice. It's essentially a box ticking exercise of how well you can look at a source. There are numerous guides on here on how to approach P1 so if you have a little dig about I'm sure you'll find one. As for your IA, it's again a box ticking exercise. It'll also probably be moderated down, so aim high when drafting it.
  15. In all honesty, the "best universities" as you've put it are out of reach. You need 36-38 for anything in the Top 15 in the UK, and for the Top 5 I'd be looking at 38+ for sciences courses. Your best bet is to try and find a middle ranked uni that doesn't have subject specific requirements.