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  1. by.andrew

    Opinions on these univeristies!

    Super late reply but here are my 2 cents. For engineering, Waterloo is good for ECE/Software Engineering. I'm not sure which engineering discipline you want to pursue, but 90s give you a decent chance at any engineering program. I chose UofT for engineering, and I think it's a great school. The programs are much more flexible and more open to research. I got a super cool on-campus job, and I'll probably try to get research next year. Decent alternatives for engineering include UofA, UBC and Ryerson. If you're shooting for medicine, I would choose Western Med Sci or McMaster Health Sci. Otherwise, IMO the difference between science programs are pretty negligible. Some people say go to York or Brock where you'll get a higher GPA, but I'm not sure if this is entirely true. The top two feeder school to UofT's med schools are McMaster and UofT, so going to a bigger school like UofT or UBC or Mcgill won't harm your chances by much either. Oh, and 90s will give you a decent chance at pretty much any program.
  2. by.andrew

    Getting Rid of Passive Voice?

    Passive sentences usually use a tense of "to be". The subject of the sentence in the passive voice is at the end, or is omitted altogether. Just think of what or who is doing the action, and try to put that in the front.
  3. For Canadian engineering programs, they will usually require you to have the following subjects: English, any form of calculus, Chemistry, and Physics. They don't necessarily have to be taken in the IB level. Many of my engineering friends took Chem&Bio in IB and summer schooled Physics.
  4. by.andrew

    UCLA and UCB requirements for Economics/Finance

    What ShootingStar has posted is the Transfer credit chart. It's pretty cool because you can get 30 credits for a 30+ score on the diploma, which will allow you to graduate much earlier. As for requirements, the UC system wants students to take "a-g" courses in high school: https://www.admission.ucla.edu/prospect/Adm_fr/fracadrq.htm If you're taking IB, most of these subject requirements are naturally fulfilled. You'll also need SATs and fill out those personal profiles. Good luck, I applied there a year ago for Engineering - waitlisted at one and accepted at the other.
  5. @King112 Don't they scan the sheet? Not trying to encourage anyone to use pencil, but if you write hard enough, then pencil should scan.
  6. You can pretty much use any pen for the exams. I even used a pencil by mistake for my Physics Paper 1&2, and I don't think it affected my mark.
  7. by.andrew

    Universities in Canada

    Highly dependent on the program. Some schools like McGill (the only one I know of) force you to use IB credits and take upper year courses. My program (UofT Engineering) doesn't even allow IB transfer credits. UofT Arts/Science does give out Transfer credits if you received a 5+ on an HL.
  8. by.andrew

    what time do you usually go to bed?

    When I was in high school, I think I used to sleep at 1-2 a.m. regularly. On days where I had ECs, I got home at 9-10pm ish. On those days, I usually loafed until midnight, did some homework and slept. On regular days, I got home at 5, loafed until midnight, did some homework and slept. I had to get up at 7:30 on most days, so I had an average of about 6 hours of sleep on weekdays.
  9. by.andrew

    Schools that have combined science programs?

    UofT has a joint BASc and MBA program. BASc is an engineering degree though. As far as I know, an MBA with a science/engineering degree will give you an advantage for consulting jobs. Western also offers dual degrees through their business school, Ivey. You can graduate with an HBA and study science for your first two years. Waterloo also has dual degrees where you can combine sciences with a business/accounting degrees.
  10. by.andrew

    I havent revised for May 2015...

    If you have been getting good marks during the semester (i.e. your predicted scores are 36+), then 3 weeks is actually ample time for you to get a good mark. I would recommend you to take a look at the textbook and syllabus first, as it is much more thorough. For the math and sciences, try to solve a couple of problems/variations per section. Then, start solving past papers for a week or two. The study guide is useful for cramming things. Best "revision source" for me was the past papers, specifically the mark schemes. I only productively studied for a week before my first exam. I skimmed through the study guides and crammed definitions for a few days. Then I spent the majority of my time on solving past papers.
  11. by.andrew

    Sciences IB Certificates?

    1) UBC will obviously prefer higher grades. Doing IB/AP is almost always insignificant when it comes to university admissions. IB does, however, reward you with nice grade conversions at the end of the year. 2) IB maths is another good option if you want to go into Sciences. English is a very versatile option too. Good writing skills is an asset wherever you go. 3) If you want to take all three sciences and get your diploma, you'll have to overload and take seven courses (at least 3 at HL). That may or may not be a challenge for you.
  12. Per year? Or is that the maximum entrance scholarship an international student can get? Sorry, to clarify, I meant maximum entrance scholarship that is solely based on grades (may only apply to the engineering department). You may be eligible for other scholarships based on your extra-curriculars or you can apply to other external scholarships.
  13. As far as I know, Canadian schools don't give a lot of scholarships (let alone grants) to international students at the undergrad level. I believe the maximum merit scholarship at UofToronto is $5000 off of your 40K tuition.
  14. by.andrew

    Which test is harder: SAT or ACT?

    If you are studying under an American curriculum, you have to submit your SAT/ACT scores to Canadian universities (at least for UofT). If you are not studying under an American curriculum, then don't worry about it.
  15. by.andrew

    OSSD Mark and IB Mark

    For my school, OSSD marks are directly correlated with IB marks. If you get a 7 (whether it's a low or high 7), you automatically get a OSSD marks assigned from 97-100. Your exact OSSD mark depends on how well you do in class and your IAs. Sometimes, people do very poorly in class (get 50s on class tests and IAs) and still get 97s because they ace the IB exams. On the flip side, if you do poorly on the exams, your mark is adjusted downwards. Taking isaiguana's example, getting a 4 on the IB exams will yield an OSSD mark of 83, even if you were getting 100s in class and predicted higher marks.
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