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  1. Hello, I was wondering if anybody was ever able to transfer an SL course in university (mainly, McGill and U of T). I want to do mainly math and finance in undergrad and nearly ALL math courses have a calculus prerequisite. I really don't want to fall behind on so many interesting courses to take a year of calculus that I already know...mostly. I got a 7 by the way. Any ideas? Thanks!
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    I have a sheet titled Guidelines for Writing a Formal Laboratory Report and it says that a hypothesis MAY be required. Does that mean that it is necessary for IB HL Biology? Because how can you make a prediction when the lab has not been done before or it is very challenging to find other reports on the same experiment assuming that it is hard to predict the reaction using biology knowledge or common sense.
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    Research question feels choppy...help me rephrase it please

    Suuupppeeer!! It was the 'what' that bothered me because it is more conventional to use how/to what extent. YOU FIXED IT!!!! Thanks so much.
  4. What does the influence of the fairytale genre in The Canterville Ghost reveal about Oscar Wilde’s stance on tradition against pragmatism? I feel like my research question is missing something. Can you help me perfect it?
  5. The latter. I want to do one year of exchange while I'm in it. I'm scared it would be detrimental to my education to miss a year. Especially because the program is very idiosyncratic and selective.
  6. I was thinking of doing Health Sciences at McMaster University, though I really really really want to do an exchange to either Switzerland or Norway for a year. Since the H.Sc. program is based on group effort and comprised of elite students, wouldn't it make it hard to adapt to when back from Europe? By the way, I know McMaster U doesn't offer exchange on an undergrad level. There's a Quebec government plan that funds international exchange. That makes it even more precarious because the university itself has not considered a gap and will not arrange for a smooth transition back from exchange. Any thoughts appreciated!
  7. I'm pretty excited to volunteer this summer! What are your plans? I was wondering how volunteering goes in Europe because the job market has always been tight. In Canada, getting a volunteer job is a piece o' cake. It's free workforce which employers tend to get advantage of. I'm going to a seniors' house 9-10 hours a day.
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    Share your priceless IB quotes!

    The only funny quote. The rest are so gay and unfunny...no wonder this is an IB forum.
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    Freaking out

    Hello again, I learned from my suspension, so all hostilities aside... Our school has a number of teachers that are simply not qualified for the job. For instance, last semester, I did bio and I got converted from an 81 to an 86. This semester, another biology teacher (grade eleven) converted the same mark to a friggin 96! I am determined to move to the US for undergrad and med school, but in Canada, my GPA fluctuated between 94% to 88% because I was in so many different programs within the course of 3 years. According to the Canadian criteria, I am a straight A student with one small B on the side (phys ed...refused to do push-ups, lol). I am going to get 7's on my French and math exams and a combination of 6 and 7 predicted scores. Now, which scores are good universities going to look at? IB predicted scores or my transcript? I will have three fantastic recommendation forms (I mean it) along with good essays and a 2200+ SAT score. The thing is that I moved to Canada in grade nine with a pathetic background in English. I learned and progressed so fast that practically all teachers at school know me. However, my transcript is going to be very ugly in comparison. It's still A's, but there are applicants with 99% GPAs from lesser schools in Canada. My counsellor,however, did say that she would send our school's rankings to render the competition fair and our school does have a very high IB average. I'm still not convinced. By the way, I am not saying I want to get into Princeton or anything! I just want to get into UC San Diego, LA, Berkeley or Vanderbilt. I swim and play the piano on a competitive level. Next year, I will also enroll in Young Artists Performance Academy, a very selective extension of the Glenn Gould School and RCM for junior and senior high school kids. I don't know if that's going to help though. I have nice supplemental material (which they're prolly going to dump in the trash). My marks are moving up though. I think I can manage to get 90s on my second semester grade eleven report card as well as my grade twelve mid term report. Also, are admission officers familiar with the ARCT diploma? It's a music diploma that's offered in Canada.
  10. English has one of the lowest averages in the IB subjects. Has the IBO given out any set of mistakes that must be avoided? Any mistake that has been repeatedly made? I see lots of people with 7's in everything and a 5 in English. You can't possibly say they didn't study or work hard enough, so what is it that's causing the difficulty?
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    Should I move to the US to increase my acceptance chances?

    I really don't want to stay in Canada. I hate the place
  12. Hello! Today, two people with 45 predicted scores at our school didn't get into Harvard. I was so sad for them. One other person got in though and he is a complete retard (lower score and SAT score + snobby behaviour + presidencies of random clubs that he didn't even deserve because he missed all the meetings and sh*t)....sooooo...I am happy for the guy. He's still smart with anybody's standards, but it seems like American universities pick international students at random. Or otherwise, they're too picky with specifics. I might have a chance of living with an uncle or an aunt in the US for my entire senior year in some Washington IB school IF that really affects the odds. Do you think it would make any difference? I feel like the low percentage of international admissions coupled with the huge number of applications from outside are living a bad taste in my mouth... Thanks! I'm Canadian by the way.
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    What's the big fuss about tuition?

    No...I did not call you naïve. You obviously haven't read my posts because other people called me naïve. Yes. I understand individuality. I just don't understand all the whining over tuition. Especially at my school. I mean, people who want to study medicine decide not to because they think it would be too expensive...WTF?! I mean on the long run, the education costs would be nothing in comparisonn to what they will learn. Furthermore, banks, universities and government give so many loans that cover all costs with small interest. Still nothing compared to the average income (200-400k)...
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    What's the big fuss about tuition?

    OSAP website: https://osap.gov.on.ca/CGI-BIN/LANSAWEB?WEB...865900K+OSP+ENG You can do more searches with regards to American universities. I don't know if you're a Canadian citizen or not, but I feel like people think I'm very naïve/ignorant to think the way I do. As you can see in the link, government of Ontario counts Harvard as eligible for loans. Same with most famous universities (including European universities). Yale website: http://www.yale.edu/admit/freshmen/financi...philosophy.html As is written, "Once a student is admitted, Yale meets 100% of that student's demonstrated financial need." Also: "New Haven, Conn. — Yale University President Richard C. Levin announced today that Yale is reducing the average cost of sending a student to Yale College by over 50% for families with financial need. This new policy will apply to all students returning to campus in the fall as well as entering freshmen. This represents the largest increase in spending for financial aid in the University’s history. The reduction in costs will be spread across a broad range of incomes. Families with incomes below $120,000 will see their contributions cut by more than 50%, while most families with incomes between $120,000 and $200,000 will see cost reductions of 33% or more. Families earning less than $60,000 annually will not make any contribution toward the cost of a child’s education, and families earning $60,000 to $120,000 will typically contribute from 1% to 10% of total family income. The contribution of aided families earning above $120,000 will average 10% of income." In this case, if your parents earn more than 200, 000, you have nothing to whine about. Otherwise, the cost reduction can be huge.

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