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  1. Subject (Predicted/Actual) Chemistry HL: (6/7) English Literature HL: (7/6) History HL, Europe and the Middle East: (5/6) Biology SL: (6/7) Mathematics SL: (6/6) French B SL: (6/6) TOK: (A/A) EE: (B/B) Total: (39/41) Diploma Awarded I missed my 7 in English by 1 point which makes me kinda sad because my teacher was so confident in my ability to get a 7 that I feel like I've let her down. Overall, I'm very pleased with my results because I was predicted 39 points and I ended up 2 points higher than that!
  2. Chemistry HL: 7 English Literature HL: 6 History HL, Europe and the Middle East: 6 Biology SL: 7 Mathematics SL: 6 French B SL: 6 TOK: A EE: B Total: 41 Diploma Awarded I missed a 7 in English by 1 point and a 7 in Math by 4 points but overall I'm very pleased with my result because I was predicted 38 points and I ended up 3 points higher than that!
  3. I'm from TZ1 and I chose #13 which was about the importance of economic circumstances in the rise of two authoritarian leaders and #26 which was about the influence of Cold War tensions in two military conflicts from different regions. I chose Hitler and Castro for that one, and Suez Canal Crisis and the Vietnam War for the second one. Overall, I thought the selection was quite good, but I really wished they'd put a causes of WWI/WWII/Cold War question because I just love causes questions!
  4. Yeah, that was an unexpected one! I wrote something about more conjugation and how that leads to the absorption of shorter wavelengths/reflection of longer wavelengths. I don't know if it's right but hopefully I got a mark for mentioning the conjugation part because I'm sure it has something to do with it!
  5. I'm from TZ1 and I chose options D (Medicines and Drugs) and F (Food Chemistry). For the most part, it was fairly straightforward and did not really have any calculations or data analysis, so it was basically straight up memorization. I thought paper 3 went the best out of all the HL Chem papers. Paper 1 was tricky and paper 2 was just as bad if not worse, so I was really relieved after I wrote paper 3. Hopefully it will bring my mark up!
  6. Originally, I was planning on writing my EE on bio or chem, but then I found out that you have to do an experiment in order to get a decent grade. Carrying out any of my original experiments at my school wouldn't be possible because we don't have the equipment, and we don't have any other research labs in my area that I could use. So I ditched the idea of a science EE which leaves me with Math (which I'm horrible at) and French (which many people recommended not doing for the EE), English (which I find boring no matter what), and History. I really enjoyed doing my History IA and I got a 7 on it, so I thought I should do my EE in History too. I have two very knowledgeable history teachers who could be my mentors as well. For my IA essay, my topic was the Opium Wars, a subject not covered in the curriculum, which made it exceptionally interesting for me. I thought I might use the same topic and expand on it for my EE, but apparently, that is not allowed. So I tried to think of another topic, but I just can't think of one interesting enough. I don't want the examiners to be frustrated with my EE before they've even read it because they've seen that topic a thousand times before, and I don't want to be bored with my own topic because then I won't produce my best work. So, I was wondering if you folks have any other topics that are either not covered in the curriculum for HL History or is not a typically 'common' topic (e.g. either of the World Wars, Napoleon, Cold War etc). Please help!
  7. So I'm a bit confused because I heard from my IB Coordinator that you don't need to count every single one of the 150 hours because IB changed it two years ago to something with number of projects per category and 8 outcomes. However, I don't know the details and the IBO website doesn't say anything either so I was hoping someone could clarify the exact requirements for CAS. What exactly is required in place of the former 50 hours per category? What goals need to be achieved? Also, I'm struggling to find ideas for the Action component. I'm not much of an athlete, never have been, so most sports are out of question because I'm an just a pathetic failure at them. I was wondering if volunteering at a build site for Habitat for Humanity would count (as service and action) because you are doing construction work which takes effort. Besides that, I'm probably going to continue swimming (only sport which I'm half decent at) and I'm considering taking up horse riding (because I love and interact well with animals), only problem is that it seems a bit pricey ($50/lesson). So, if you have any ideas for Action which aren't common sports which I've already tried (ex. soccer, basketball, hockey etc.), please suggest them because this is the only category I have problems with.
  8. At my school, they allow you to begin in the summer of grade 10. However, at my family friend's school, they have to wait until October of grade 11. You should ask your CAS Supervisor (usually the IB Coordinator) what the rules regarding your school are.
  9. Frankly, Psychology seems like an interesting choice. Geography is not the best as I've heard from some of my older friends, and it's not exactly going to help in medicine. As for universities wanting Chemistry to be a doctor - yes, it is mandatory even if you're not in IB to take chemistry. Some universities, especially prestigious ones in the UK require HL Chemistry and will not let you apply if you have SL, but most will accept SL Chemistry. But in the end, it depends on which unis you want to go to. Check out their websites, for most you'll find info on requirements for IB for medicine. I am speaking from what I know about Chem requirements for the unis I intend to apply to, but it might be different for you. Good luck!
  10. It honestly depends on your school. At mine, you can starts summer before grade 11, but at others you have to wait until the school year starts. You should ask you IB Coordinator.
  11. IB stands for International Baccalaureate, which is a rigourous advanced academic program that is recognized globally. All exams for IB are marked externally (sent off to other countries) in order to prevent teacher picking favourites, bribery etc and each exam is usually two or three papers. There are also some assessments that are external (projects/assignments/labs etc which are sent out to be evaluated) but also some internally (by your teacher) marked stuff. But it's mostly marked externally to avoid bias. Each subject is given a grade on a scale of 0 to 7 and each student must take 6 subjects. 3 additional points are given for completing the other three parts of the IB Diploma (Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, and CAS). So the highest score you can get is a 45 (7points X 6 subjects = 42+3 = 45). Now, the most commonly taken IB program is the Diploma Programme which is spread out over the course of grade 11 and 12 of high school and consists of 4 parts: 1. Courses - There are 6 subject areas which a student must choose from. 3 subjects are taken at a Higher Level (more detailed, advanced, and often gets you uni credits) and 3 at Standard Level (less difficult). Group 1 - Language A1 which is basically your first or most well spoken/written/read/understood language. Since you're in Canada, I'm guessing it's English, or French if you're in French Immersion or Quebec. Group 2 - Second Language which depends on your school. Most Canadian IB schools offer French, but some offer Spanish and German and other languages. Group 3 - Individuals and Societies includes history, geography, itgs (which stands for information technology in a global society, a very technology focused course), economics, psychology, anthropology, and philosophy, but availability depends on the school. Group 4 - Experimental Sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, and design technology and it also depends on the school which of these are offered. Group 5 - Mathematics and Computer Sciences have Mathematics (for science,business,engineering, and physics degrees), Math Studies (if you're planning on going to the arts or social sciences), and Computer Science. Group 6 - The Arts including music, theatre, visual arts, film or you can take another subject from Groups 1-5 2. Extended Essay is basically an essay that has to be around 4000 words, you can go below that word count but not above. It can be on any topic related to the subjects you're studying, but you should choose something that you can do an in depth study about. You get Diploma Points for the completion of the EE. 3. Theory of Knowledge is a philosophy course that really makes you think about how you know what you know, basically teaches critical thinking skills and knowledge validity analysis. You have to submit an externally assessed essay of 1200-1600 words from a choice of 10 titles given by the IB organization. You also get Diploma Points for completing this course. 4. Creativity, Action, Service or CAS is the extracurricular involvement aspect of IB. Creativity (arts), action (sports and other physical activities), service (community volunteering). Before 2010, it was required that you do 50 hours of each, but now it's changed to needing 2 activities in each CAS aspect and they need to be done on a regular basis (every week, or even daily), and a few other minor requirements which I don't know much about. CAS is a requirement in order to get the IB Diploma. At least 24 points is needed to pass the IB Programme and receive the Diploma. I read somewhere that the pass rate is 80% worldwide. Also, you should note that all IB teachers are trained by IB on how to teach IB curriculum, so usually, you'll have the best teaches your school can offer if you're in IB, at least that's the way it works at my school.
  12. Okay, well, right now, it seems more logical for me to ITGS because one of the sub-specialities I might go into is radiology and technology is a huge deal in that career and also because I'm quite good with technology (got it from my dad who works in the IT industry!). But Economics might look better to unis. But since I'm taking the subject at SL, I don't think universities will care much about which subject I choose. I really need Group 3 to be a breather course because I've been told that two Sciences at HL is really tough. Thanks for all your help Cameron!
  13. What about Economics? I just realized that they offer that subject at SL too. Would you recommend Economics or ITGS?
  14. Group 1: English HL Group 2: French SL Group 3: ? Group 4: Biology HL Group 5: Math SL Group 6: Chemistry HL So, I'm transferring IB schools and my new school has a lot of options for group 3. I want to go into medicine, so that's why I need HL Chem and Bio which are fairly difficult subjects, so I took English HL because I'm good at it and it would be easier than History HL (which my new school also offers) because I find History is a very time consuming subject. So, the option of History is eliminated and now I have to choose a SL Group 3 subject. Which Group 3 subject (Geography, ITGS, or Business) would be best to take with regard to my career choice and in difficulty level?
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