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  1. For anyone wondering about the answer: Bio 107 (cell biology) didn’t really cover any different topics from the IB curriculum. I already new a fair portion of the material, but there were still a lot of details that added to my IB knowledge. I really enjoyed the class (having a good professor makes a big difference) and it was definitely a nice GPA booster for me. Having said that, you still have to put in a good effort if you want to do Really well. I got an A+ but worked my butt off for it – in my class only the top ~4% got an A+. It was nice having a course on material that I was already familiar with, and I had a really positive lab experience. In the lab we did things like study cell respiration and photosynthesis rates, work with DNA, and examine various microorganisms. The worst part was writing the full lab reports, but it really paid off having IB lab-writing experience! This is in contrast to Chem 101 (general chemistry). A lot of it is brand new material; right off the bat we were learning about quantum mechanics and looking at atomic structure from a perspective much, much different than how I had learned in high school. People in my class who took AP seemed like they were already familiar with some of the material though. As for the labs, they were tedious and boring, but the assignments were really easy (I’m sure this must variy from university to university) and brought up my overall Chem 101 mark. If anyone has any further questions feel free to ask or shoot me a message!
  2. I've decided not to take my IB bio credit in university (which I could use to skip Bio 107 at the University of Alberta) because I feel that taking the class in university should be a decent GPA booster. However, I'm just wondering how much more material there is to learn besides what I've already learned in IB Biology. Looking at the Bio 107 syllabus it seems like IB has covered all the topics (ie cell structure, cell respiration, photosynthesis, cell reproduction, DNA) but is this material explored in much more detail than IB or is it mostly the same? Obviously I'm not expecting comments specifically on what the course through the U of A is like, but I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with related experience/insight/thoughts
  3. So I need some help filling out my IB transcript request form (it's the word document here http://www.ibo.org/iba/transcripts/). There's a space to write "Student Candidate Code(s)" which I'm confused about. On the second page of the document, the instruction page, it says: This number is seven digits and can be found on the Diploma or Certificate itself; please include the full number, including any preceding letters. If you tested after November 2003, you may include your personal code as well. On the bottom left corner of my IB certificate there's two strings of letters/numbers - the first begins with "C" and is followed by 9 numbers (total 10), while the second string of letters/numbers underneath it has 3 letters then 3 numbers (total 6). So....which one is my candidate code?? I feel like it's the second one, but the instructions say that it's seven digits. And is it necessary to include my personal code (I tested May 2011)? I hope not, because I don't know what that is either I don't want to fill this out incorrectly so if someone could clear that up it would be greatly appreciated.
  4. ENGLISH A1 HL 6 HIST.EUROPE/ME HL in ENGLISH 5 BIOLOGY HL in ENGLISH 7 CHEMISTRY SL in ENGLISH 6 I'm pretty happy with my results what matters most to me is getting that 6 in English because it means I can skip 6 credits worth of English in university. The 7 in bio is super nice too of course. As for chemistry....I am wowed. I was literally expecting a 4, MAYBE 5 if lucky. No idea how that happened hahah
  5. Yep that was P2. Haha the questions about Potsdam and collective security were the two I chose
  6. Yeah, it was 25%. You were supposed to use the graph that depicted total time spent, not the other one. I also said they probably spent their time at colony to feed young, but never said it had to be the young of the parents specifically. Tied it to altruism by hypothesizing the average being so high, even with non-parenting birds in the mix, because those birds would still be taking care of young while actual parents go out to feed/hunt. Hmm I was so sure there was a calculation involved between the two graphs, like I said above. I went (0.25)(1/6)...ugh, if I changed it from right to wrong I'm going to be so annoyed despite the fact it was just one mark. You'll never know if you missed it until they release the markscheme and then you actually go find it and remember to look Haha yeah, that's exactly what I intend to do
  7. Yeah, it was 25%. You were supposed to use the graph that depicted total time spent, not the other one. I also said they probably spent their time at colony to feed young, but never said it had to be the young of the parents specifically. Tied it to altruism by hypothesizing the average being so high, even with non-parenting birds in the mix, because those birds would still be taking care of young while actual parents go out to feed/hunt. Hmm I was so sure there was a calculation involved between the two graphs, like I said above. I went (0.25)(1/6)...ugh, if I changed it from right to wrong I'm going to be so annoyed despite the fact it was just one mark.
  8. I had 25% initially but I'm pretty sure that percentage is for the Total time spent at sea (or something like that) whereas it was asking for the time Resting at sea. I think lol. So yeah, I think you had to multiply the percentages of the two graphs together, at least that's what I did the second time around.
  9. I thought they were pretty good too. I always find it annoying how there are those data-based questions that require little to no background information to score fairly well on, like the entire first question with the graphs. About the two processes though, didn't it only ask for one?!?! I only put protein synthesis.....bahh, I hope I didn't read that wrong otherwise that's such an easy mark lost =[ For P1 what was the answer to the question about Crohn's disease and villi? I can't remember it that well at all but anyways it was one of the only few I wasn't sure abut. If one of the answers had to do with not digesting fats I'm pretty sure that's what I put
  10. E and H were pretty decent, although I'm sorta iffy about the H. pylori question as it took me a few reads to really absorb what the info was saying. Overall though I'm hoping I did well enough for a 7! Does anyone remember the answer they got for the calculation question in option E about the allo-parenting birds? I realized I read the graph wrong with about 2 minutes left to go, and ended up putting 4.16% repeating. I wasn't sure what decimal place to round to but I hope that's right. Also, what sort of answers did people put for the question that was along the lines of "suggest a reason why the birds spend most of their time at the colony"? I still can't come up with an adequate answer and it's really bugging me aha
  11. History has never been my strong point and I didn't put much effort at all into studying for this subject, but I lucked out pretty much the only topic I know in depth is the Arab-Israeli conflict (my school's subject for paper 1) and there were two really good questions related to it. I chose "compare and contrast two conflicts between Israel and her neighbours between 1945-1980" and the one about WWI Allied diplomacy as a cause of the instability in the Middle East. Also I happened to go through Russia the night before so for my third essay I managed to throw together something decent about the weakness of the PG in Russia's revolutions. Overall, an easier exam than I expected it to be!
  12. LOL what a crazy idea!! I may just have to try it sometime.....
  13. For the second question I believe the calculation you had to do was (1.7/85) to get the number of moles, then divided by the volume 0.2 to get the concentration. Totally couldn't do that in my head aha =/ that's why I'm not in math IB. Does anyone know what the answer is? Assuming I remembered the numbers correctly it looks like it should be 0.1 but I don't remember if that was answer A or B.
  14. I would ask these questions to my IB coordinator except the next time I'll be in school is for an IB exam... 1. Do you have to write all exams in pen? I have the impression this is true for history and English (not sure though); as for sciences (ie. papers 2 and 3) I have no idea. I really dislike doing my work in pen =/ 2. Are you allowed to use white-out? If not, can you completely cross out a word or something you don't want to use? I read somewhere you can only cross out mistakes with a single line (so that the marker can still see what you wrote) but that sounds silly to me. 3. For history and English do you have to hand in ALL papers you use? Like if I do a planning page, or I start writing out something but end up junking it? Sometimes my planning pages look really stupid so I'd like to know if the marker has to see that aha. I'd really appreciate it if someone could ease my (minor) concerns
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