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  1. Regarding university requirements, it largely depends on where the universities are located. For example, for the US, I know that all business majors (so that includes marketing) tend to have to take a maths course or too so you'd be putting yourself at a disadvantage by taking maths studies (maybe not admissions wise but in terms of finding the required uni maths classes difficult because maths studies didn't prepare you for them). Just to be sure, check the websites of the unis you're interested, if maths isn't a requirement for the course(s) you're interested in then perhaps take maths studies. There is quite a difference in difficulty between maths studies and maths SL and so as you said, you'd be making things easier for yourself workload wise by taking maths studies.
  2. If you're considering doing something that is medicine related then definitely take chemistry. But if its very unlikely that you'll go for it then consider psychology. Psychology is conceptually not a difficult subject but what people struggle with is memorizing all the information you need for all the essays you have to write in exams. On that note, psychology is all about writing essays that relate to the learning outcomes in the syllabus. So if you don't like/aren't good at memorizing tons of information and/or hate/suck at writing essays don't take psychology. Can't say anything about chemistry since I don't take it but from what I've gathered from my friend that takes it, it's pretty difficult and a quite huge jump from IGCSE chemistry.
  3. I responded to a similar topic here: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/35407-psychology-vs-economics/ I'll add on to that response, I'd recommend you stick w/economics. Theory of the firm really isn't all that tricky - in fact I feel that it is one of the easier paper 1 part B questions in terms of evaluation (which you need to do to get a 6 or 7), it's just about comparing and contrasting different market structures (this is very straight forward and is written out in the textbook) and evaluating different policies to control monopolies/oligopolies, etc. But I will agree w/you that the P3 theory of the firm questions are on the trickier side. I'd recommend you just schedule after school meetings with your teacher so he/she can help you with the things you're struggling with - be proactive about the situation, get help, don't just drop the subject because you struggled with just one section of the syllabus (I know that's blunt but it needs to be said). This would be the wiser thing to do IMO. Switching to psychology this late isn't a sensible idea. And switching to maths HL and dropping to econ SL - no, just no. You'd be putting yourself in a bad situation. Maths HL has the reputation (and it is well deserved) of being one of the hardest, if not the hardest, IB subjects - it requires a lot of dedication, time and practice and so it's one of the those subjects you should take if you need it for uni and/or really LOVE maths. So, stick with economics.
  4. I take both subjects at higher level. Economics is easier and has a lower workload IMO. It's a more conceptual subject so you don't need to memorize everything where as you have to memorize so much information for biology HL (definitely way more than economics). If you're a good maths students or are good with basic maths, the economics paper 3 (calculation based - only higher level students take it) will be very easy, it's definitely a grade booster. However if you're more interested in biology, take it as your third higher level subject; having interest in a subject will make the workload far more bearable. With that being said, there is very little difference between SL/HL economics (in HL you learn a little extra content and how to do calculations) where as there is a massive difference between SL/HL biology as you literally learn double the amount in biology HL. If you want to reduce your workload (I recommend you do because art is extremely time consuming), take SL biology and economics HL.
  5. I took the ACT. The different sections (in order): English (45 minutes) - 75 questions , maths (60 minutes) - 60 questions, reading (35 minutes) - 40 minutes, science (35 minutes) - 40 minutes [optional section: essay - 30 minutes/ the format of the essay has changed for the upcoming tests, see: http://www.act.org/actnext/faq.html#Enhancements) 1) Reading: This section comprises of two components - usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills. It's basically tests your English grammar - you'll do well if you know the grammar rules the ACT tests you on (you can find them in the real ACT prep book). If you've studied the British curriculum (like I have), I recommend you study extensively for this section as the curriculum doesn't cover grammar to such an extent. This section is honestly the easiest IMO and this is coming from someone who's more maths and science oriented! If you practice a lot, you should be able to finish within the time limits. 2) Maths: This section comprises of Pre-Algebra/Elem. Algebra, Algebra/Coord. Geometry and Plane Geometry/Trig.. Again depending on what curriculum you've studied, you may or may not know most of the concepts you'll be tested on. It's definitely simpler than IB standard level maths I definitely recommend doing a ton of practice problems to get acclimated with the time constraint - trust me, it's not easy to finish in time without making silly mistakes. 3) Reading: There are four passage (each are accompanied with 10 questions) - prose fiction, social science, humanities and natural science. This is definitely the section along with the science section which requires a ton of practice to get used to the timing. Try to do as many practice reading section tests as possible to get acclimated with the timing. 4) Science: There tends to be 3 sections with 5 questions, 3 with 6 questions and one with 7 questions (opinion based passage). To make things simpler, do the passages with 5 questions first and the 7 question based passage last as the 5 and 6 question based passage are easier than the passage with the 7 question, that way if you run out of time, you'll have done more questions (since you started with the easier ones) *Warning* The ACT has increased the difficulty of the reading and science sections - the practice tests are much simpler than the sections on the real tests - I learned this the hard way (google it, many ACT test takers have noted the increase in difficulty of these sections) Word of advice: The key to doing well on the ACT (assuming you know the concepts) is PRACTICE, I repeat PRACTICE. Timing is a major issue with the ACT.
  6. There aren't any specific subject requirements for courses in universities in the USA. With that being said, it is logical to take subjects that are related to your intended major (and particularly as a higher level subject) - it'll provide you with solid base to build upon when you take your major specific classes in college. So you definitely should take higher level maths and physics if you intend to major in computer science - the maths classes you'll take as a computer science major will be far more challenging then maths HL so it's in your favour to take it so you're prepared for the intensity. Also you'll be competing for admission against people who'll have taken maths HL or a level maths/further maths or AP Calculus BC so you don't want the fact that you didn't take the most advanced classes in your area of interest to be the reason you get rejected from the colleges you apply to. If you don't think you can handle both maths and physics HL, take HL maths and SL physics but don't avoid taking physics altogether.
  7. Food (drink, sandwich, a fruit), pencil case (ruler, pens/pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, highlighters, sticky notes), laptop, lip balm/hand cream, notebooks and sometimes my textbooks (usually don't need them, there are extras in my classes) and folders to keep my homework and handouts in.
  8. It's already out: http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/foss/IB%20Guides/IB-May-2016-ExamSchedule.pdf
  9. Well, they're allowed to read through it and give feedback Only once though. @Lovelife Just make sure your teacher passes on your final IA pieces - remind him multiple times especially towards the deadline (ask your IB coordinator when you're final pieces are being sent to the IBO).
  10. What you need to do is find a relevant article - for microeconomics, market failures tends to be the easiest topic. Steps: *The first few sentences of your IA should briefly explain what the article is talking about, make it VERY brief (no more than two-three sentences) *Start defining key terms, so for example if you're article is about the government imposing a tax to reduce the negative externality of consuming a de-merit good, you'd define market failure/negative externality of consumption/de-merit good (WARNING: don't go overboard with defining economic terms, interweave them into your first couple of sentences, never write the definition in brackets, e.g. write it as ''excessive consumption of cigarretes results in negative externalities of consumption as consumption of this good has an unfavourable effect on third parties''.) *Then you need to explain the economic theory behind negative externalities of consumption - you'll need to use a fully labelled graph or two to illustrate your knowledge on the topic - make sure to fully explain the graph as well. Also when you're explaining the theory behind the economic issue the article is about make sure to make the theory you're writing specific to the article. *Last bit (and the most important as it separates the 4s and 5s from the 6s and 7s): Evaluation - You have to discuss the issue the article is talking about so the advantages and disadvantages of the solution the article is suggesting, stakeholders etc. Good luck! The syllabus changed from May 2013 onwards. The biggest change is that now higher level students need to take a calculation based paper (paper 3).
  11. I'm not sure about Canadian universities but for American universities you usually need to submit your high school transcript (typically four years, 9-12 grade or year 10-13), SAT I or ACT score (don't need to submit if you choose to apply to a score optional school), SAT Subject tests (not always, depends on the colleges you're applying to), recommendation letters from your guidance counselor + academic teachers (some require them, some don't), common app essay (if you're applying to colleges who use the common app)/supplementary essays (some colleges on the common app require extra supplementary essay or some schools require an extra essay to apply to a certain program (honors colleges, scholars program etc)) Your transcript needs to include all the classes (and grades you got in them) you took in high school - this depends on the curriculum you're studying but in the US high school is grades 9-12. So, yes, your transcript should include the grades you got in year 1 and half of year 2 of IB as well as the grades you got in your previous high school classes (non-IB). I have no idea whether the C+ will lower your average (or whether it counts for that matter), definitely ask your guidance counselor instead as we don't know how your school calculates GPAs as we don't go there,
  12. @FreakinOut You honestly don't need to have a great maths teacher to do well in SL maths, my teacher sucks and most of my class is doing fine. Just do the practice problems in your textbook on a regular basis, make notes on the main concepts w/a few sample worked out problems and do some past paper questions on each topic before you start the next chapter in class. If you put in some effort, you'll be fine! Sort of, but not really. You need to be able to evaluate the study and related theory/theories really well to get into the highest mark band. You can't evaluate effectively if you don't have solid knowledge on the study and theories. You'll need to apply your knowledge in a similar manner in economics as you'll need to write an evaluation for the longer essays. You don't need to be great at maths to do well in economics. If you're going to take SL economics, you won't need to do the maths component of the course. Higher level students need to take paper 3 (the mathematical paper) - the calculations are pretty basic so you don't need to be amazing at maths to understand how to use the formulas and what not. There isn't much else maths on the syllabus.
  13. I take both economics and psychology HL - I personally would choose economics if I had to pick between them. They are both really interesting courses (IMO at least) so I can understand why it might be difficult to choose between them. Both of them are content heavy courses but economics is less taxing in that it's a quite conceptual subject so you don't need to rote memorize everything like you do for psychology- if you understand the concepts/graphs, you can figure out what to write in an exam if you haven't studied properly. You can't really do that in psychology if you're aiming for a 7 - you really need to have all the theories and studies memorized word for word so you don't loose marks on detail. The most difficult thing in both subjects is writing an evaluation, it definitely separates the 6s and 7s from the 4s and 5s (my economics teacher said you can get a 4 or 5 at most if you memorize the entire textbook). With practice you'll get the hang of it. I wouldn't say one course is easier than the other. I'm very good at memorizing so psychology is easy for me and so is economics. If you aren't the best at memorizing a ton of information then economics will likely be easier. Objectively speaking economics is far easier to get a 7 in (according to the IB statistics bulletin) as 12-13% of applicants got a 7 in it and only 4-5% got a 7 in psychology. Take that as you will. I recommend you pick the course that interests you more and/or the one that has a better teacher. Another word of advice: Take economics or psychology at higher level instead of biology. There is very little difference in content and difficulty between SL/HL economics and psychology where as there is a HUGE difference between SL/HL biology (you literally learn double the amount of content in HL), so by taking biology SL you'll be reducing your workload quite a lot. However if you are more interested in biology by all means take it as a higher level subject. I would recommend you take maths SL instead of studies if you're capable of coping with it. US universities don't really like it when student take maths studies (it's less frowned upon if the your intended major isn't maths based i.e. not economics, business, psychology, STEM etc.) If you plan on majoring in anything that requires a maths class or two, definitely take maths SL. It'll provide you with a solid base to progress to a college Calculus I and Introductory statistics class. Hope I helped!
  14. Neither routes are easy. You need to be a stellar student to have a chance at Ivy league colleges - great grades and test scores, excellent extracurriculars, really good recommendations, excellent essays etc. With that being said, many applicants with such a profile get rejected every year. You need have a bit of luck on your side and more importantly, you must fit the profile the university is looking for in that particular year - if you aren't what they're looking for then you'll get rejected even if you're a great applicant on paper. Do you realise that Ivy league universities aren't the best colleges for engineering? If you're looking to get into the best colleges for engineering look at schools like Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, MIT etc. And to answer your last question: People go to community colleges for many reasons. Some people end up at community colleges because they didn't do well at school and/or got rejected from the colleges they applied to. Some go because they can't afford to pay four years worth of university tuition, so they go for 2 years and transfer into a four year college to get their bachelors degree. Some people aren't interested in getting a bachelors but want to further their education and so go to a community college to get an associates degree. I could go on for a long time, I'm sure you get my point.
  15. Pink97

    Is SL Math Hard?

    I personally don't think SL maths is hard. If you do practice questions on a regular basis and pay attention in class, you should be able to do well. However don't just assume that you'll get a 7 in SL maths if you drop down from HL - a girl in my year group was getting 5s and 6s in HL maths for the first two terms and then dropped to SL and didn't get a 7 in the third term. If you maintain a good work ethic, you'll be fine and should be able to get a 6 or 7.
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