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  1. You have to check the universities' websites for their requirements. However, medicine is a demanding subject, and if you struggle in a high school chemistry class, it's unlikely that you can handle medicine at university.
  2. I don't think it's a good idea for you to change to history because (1) PPE does not require history at all, universities may "prefer" an essay-based subject, but as you're taking psychology and english HL already you should be fine, (2) you have to catch up a most semester of new content, which can be quite difficult unless you have a strong interest/ability in history, and (3) you don't hate psychology, and you didn't mention that you particularly love history, so there's no compelling reason to change subject.
  3. If I remember correctly there was a legend member in this forum who did 3 HL subjects (further maths and 2 group 6 subjects) in addition to her regular diploma subjects (4HL & 2SL), so she did 7HL and 2SL in total. At the end she got full marks in her diploma and went to a top university. However, given that the full IB diploma is already quite demanding, doing extra certificate subjects can be very stressful and is only recommended for the extremely hardworking and capable students.
  4. I think your subjects are quite suitable. Maths and Physics will be useful for aviation while visual arts will prepare you for design courses. There are many rumours about how difficult Maths and Physics HL are, but I think many of these rumours are too exaggerated and you'll be fine with these 2 subjects as long as you have a strong foundation and work hard. As for English Lang & Lit vs Literature, it depends on whether you love reading literature books or not. If you're not that interested in literature you can choose lang & lit to reduce the no. of books you have to read. For ITGS vs geography, I'd strong recommend geography because ITGS is regarded as a soft option by universities, hurting your chance of admission. Also, geography may provide useful knowledge for aviation (such as map reading, relief, climate, etc.).
  5. A new IB history syllabus is released for 1st teaching in 2015 and 1st exam in 2017. The most significant change is that routes 1 & 2 in the old syllabus are combined into one single syllabus, so there are as many as 5 prescribed subject, 12 paper 2 topics and for each HL option there will be 18 sections. So the new syllabus seems to provide even more choices and is more flexible. Yet most contents in the old syllabus route 2 are retained in the new syllabus except for the prescribed subjects. A link to the new syllabus can be found at: https://ibpublishing.ibo.org/server2/rest/app/tsm.xql?doc=d_3_histx_gui_1501_1_e∂=1&chapter=1 What do you think about it?
  6. If I remember correctly there was a legend member in this forum who did 3 HL subjects (further maths and 2 group 6 subjects) in addition to her regular diploma subjects (4HL & 2SL), so she did 7HL and 2SL in total. At the end she got full marks in her diploma and went to a top university, but it's a lot of stress... So, while doing 5 HL is definitely stressful, tough and unnecessary, if you really have the passion of pursuing knowledge and challenging yourself, you can try it.
  7. SL subjects are of course taken into account in the sense that they contribute to the overall score as much as HL subjects do. Moreover, ESS is one of the subjects considered as a 'soft option' by certain selective universities. It also has considerable overlap with Biology, and universities may really don't like such a combination. As for English L&L and Lit, the difference is mainly in terms of content rather than difficulty.
  8. If you can't handle HL Chemistry, you can't handle medicine.
  9. Isn't it contradictory for you to say IB is 'liberal' on one hand, and 'totalitarian' on the other? At least from my understanding, being 'liberal' and 'totalitarian' are 2 very different things...
  10. Normally, business & management programmes won't require you to have taken economics or business at all, even for UK universities, so you don't need to worry that much.
  11. From my knowledge, "to what extent" and "how far" is very similar. For "military factors" and "military weakness", I think "military factors" would be broader as it allows you to talk about the strength of CCP, or other stuff in addition to KMT's weaknesses. So choose "military factors" if you wish to include more ideas, or "military weakness" if you want to be more focused. And, I would strongly suggest you to try to find sources written in or translated to English, because it'll be awkward to put a Chinese quotation in an English essay, while translating all the sources into English will be extremely, extremely troublesome. (And, never attempt to use online translator to translate Chinese into English. Most computer translator work really terribly with Chines.)
  12. Roughly, what does the mandarin exam look like? Is it "send a letter to a friend and tell him about your trip to China" or something like that? What question(s) did you get? 1. When you take chinese IB, do you use pinyin? Or do you use a combination of pinyin and Chinese letters? 2. Let me explain: Because Mandarin is harder than French, the school can`t expect Mandarin students to memorize as many words for example as the French students. So the exam for french would be harder, it would require more words to do well than the mandarin exam would, but the Mandarin exam would still be as hard or harder, because it is a harder language to learn. Another example; if the Mandarin students converted all their Mandarin into French they would probably do worse than the french students...? Do you understand? And another thing: Can you use a dictionary on the exam? 1. For Mandarin ab initio, the teacher may use pinyin as part of the learning process (to make things easier at the beginning), but in the final exam you are expected to use Chinese characters in both papers 1 and 2. No pinyin will appear on the paper and you can't use pinyin in your compositions... 2. I understand your point but sadly that won't be the case. The level of proficiency required across different languages at the same level would be the same. That is, a student studying Mandarin ab initio is required to be as competent in Mandarin as a student studying French ab initio is competent in French. The Mandarin paper won't be set easier simply because it's a difficult language... And, as a native Chinese speaker, I can tell you that even native Chinese have to spend much effort to master the Chinese characters: we have to practice copying lots and lots of characters in primary school, so as to memorise and write them correctly. (To be fair, we use the traditional characters in Hong Kong. The simplified characters should be easier as they are simplified.)
  13. from my knowledge, you can use either Cantonese or Mandarin in the oral exam
  14. the easiest schedule should include ITGS for sure
  15. Yes, Cantonese, Mandarin and English NP studies English A1
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