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  1. Well I know people who have gotten in with much worse; just last year a guy from my school got into Stern with the same predicted grade (on 42), 1710 in the SAT. NYU CAS isn't impossible, provided you aren't applying for aid and don't have any major problems in your app (discipline, very low semester grades, screwups in exams etc). In any case NYU is test-optional so your SAT score shouldn't bring you down much. If your essays are good you /should/ be through, although with the States you can never really predict with absolute accuracy. Also yeah, they will look mainly at predicted grades and consistency with your school grades and not GPA since you can't really have a GPA with the IB.
  2. For the UK, I applied for English and Modern Languages (English + A different language at each place). Predicted: 42/45 with 777 in top 3 HLs (screw you math) Merton College, Oxford: English and Beginners' Modern Greek: Rejected [email protected] St Andrews: Persian, Russian and English: Accepted, 38 with 6 in English King's College London: German with English: Accepted, 35 with 665 in top 3 HLs SOAS: Turkish with English: Accepted, 35 with 665 in top 3 HLs Edinburgh: Persian and English Literature: Accepted, 37 with 6 in English
  3. I also have both subjects (but Psych SL, which honestly isn't wildly different from Psych HL) and my personal recommendation is Psych. It's so much more interesting (and all the people in my school with both Econ and Psych agree with me). It is more difficult but that's because IB economics is fairly easy, the only real challenge you have in it is getting everything on paper within the allotted time. Psych isn't terribly difficult either; once you figure out the format in which to write the essays it becomes a question of making sure you know the content reasonably well. It's worth noting that psych has more room for error; if you don't remember the details of a particular study, depending on what you can't remember you can just omit or summarise details (eg leaving out the year if you can't remember, saying "research has found that..." instead of "Baddeley's experiment found that...", etc) while in Econ if you can't remember a particular detail you will be penalised for it and a fair amount no matter what. That being said, Psychology does have a fair amount of content, and you should seriously think about whether or not you can cope with that amount of content, taking your other subjects into account. I personally think that if you can handle History HL you'll have no problem with Psych; the information may be a lot, but they don't intersect a great amount and you won't get confused in one because of the other. If you'd like to know about specific topics you cover in Econ and Psych and what they're like, you can always PM me. Good luck with your decision!
  4. The Siege, by Ismail Kadare. One of the best books I have ever read, and I have read a lot. It's not a very hard book to grasp in terms of language, but the storytelling is just hypnotic. It draws you in, and by the end of the book, even though many, many details of the siege (such as the exact location) are left out you get this intense feeling of having been there and having lived the conflict. Lots of underrated books but none in my opinion more than this one.
  5. I use an Alienware M14X and it is brilliant (once everyone in your class stops freaking out about the colours). Extremely powerful, nothing ever lags and though I found it heavy at first (it weighs roughly 3 kg) I got used to it (and more muscular) quickly. No software compatibility issues, everything is there when I need it, and most funnily of all, a Macbook with the same specs would cost roughly 140,000 rupees more at the time (my laptop cost 87,000). I wouldn't go for a Mac for well anything; then again I don't like Macs at all. If money is no object I would recommend the Alienware 14 or the Dell XPS. If you want a cheaper option you could look at the Dell Vostro or Inspiron series, or one of its competitors.
  6. So today, I had a meeting with my school's principal because the accounting department of another school to whose MUN we had sent a delegation lost their cheques and decided the best course of action was to blame me personally. I then received the following tasks over the course of the day to complete today: 1. Contact that school and find out what went wrong. 2. Force an apology from their principal in writing. 3. 39 math questions due tomorrow 4. A surprise chemistry lab report 5. 4 Psych short answers 6. 2 economics data response questions 7. 3 resolution drafts for an upcoming MUN 8. Correcting the resolutions of other delegates going for this MUN 9. Uploading 28 photos for a CAS reflection 10. Finish 3 CAS reflections 11. Prepare 4 powerpoints for an NGO 12. Work for my school's MUN in December I am finally done with all but math. It's math time now!! This is all really fun though I'm enjoying all this.
  7. At my school, the kids who want to do Law in college usually have English HL and 2 of the following 3 at HL: Economics History Psychology I have Economics HL and Psychology SL, and my own opinion is that since essay-based subjects are considered better preparation for law, you'd benefit more from Psych than economics or BM. Keep psych, and take economics is my recommendation; economics and BM are fairly similar but economics seems to get more 'respect' at least from British, european and Southeast Asian universities (though it becomes an irrelevant consideration if you're applying to college in the US). Furthermore, at least as far as the theory involved goes, I'd imagine (though I can't be sure of this as I don't study Law) that pure economics intersects with law more than pure business does, and that since there's no major difference in difficulty between the two, and they intersect with each other a fair bit, you'd end up with some knowledge of the other anyway.
  8. I'd say go with Chem HL. It's honestly tough at the start of each topic, but with a bit of work it becomes very easy. You find that things you learned in previous units help out and though it's tough at first things eventually start to synthesize and become fairly simple (though practicing past paper questions is needed). Bio HL I'm given to understand is just a lot of memorization and apparently what I described for Chem (everything eventually coming together and making sense) doesn't happen in Bio (according to the kids taking both at HL). Also, with Chem, there's scope for error; if you don't remember a concept its always possible to work out what you have to. In bio, however, if you forget one fact and you're asked about that particular fact, you're screwed. (not my personal experience, this is again what I've gotten from kids with both at HL) I'm assuming you're applying to colleges in the US mainly, so just go through the syllabus and see which resonates with you more; it's not like US colleges have strict subject requirements like the UK or some other places. You can't really go wrong with either but Chem is awesome so I recommend Chem HL.
  9. Most certainly not an impossible combination, don't worry. Well if you want to do engineering then you will need Physics HL. If you're set on Medicine, Biology may be helpful but isn't always essential, while Chemistry HL is. If you're interested in medicine with certainty then you should keep Chem HL and take Bio HL instead of Physics. If you aren't sure about medicine it may be useful to keep physics, you'd have to look at which scientific fields you're specifically interested in and decide between Physics and Bio based on that but Chemistry HL is essential for medicine.
  10. 45 ideally, but anything above: 7 in English, Chem, Math, Economics and Psych and an A in my EE is acceptable by me.
  11. English LangLit HL BM HL Economics HL ESS SL Math Studies Hindi B SL This only applies for someone who lives in India but yeah this is the de facto easy way out of the diploma in my school.
  12. In the purest sense, that's untrue. You won't be disqualified from attending by virtue of having taken up any of those subjects. That being said, I think there is/was a thread on the forum about subjects considered 'soft' by UK universities; and I'm next to certain all the subjects you listed are there. Furthermore, I have seen a document on the net by Cambridge that lists 'soft' subjects. Although that applies to A level subjects specifically, given that IB=A levels in UK universities' opinions means it probably holds at least some credence. That doesn't necessarily mean you'll be rejected for the sole reason that you take those subjects; but more likely it works against you if they have to choose between you and an applicant with the same grades in "tougher" subjects (natural sciences, math HL, economics etc). I wouldn't know the exact details though; I suspect sending them a mail to clarify things would yield the most accurate finding. Honestly don't let that govern your subject choice; just take what you'll enjoy because if you find the subject disinteresting it'll take a Herculean effort to work at that subject. I know this from my own experience with Economics HL. If you have to take a subject you don't enjoy, at least make sure it involves very little work.
  13. I think she meant 'mature student' the way UK universities do; students over 20 or some age in that ballpark.
  14. It depends, as Vioh said. For me, English is a particularly strong subject, even 7s have been disappointing for me. But in math I'd be esctatic with a 5 So it depends a lot on how the subject is for you, and your own academic motivation and targets.
  15. Wow, you must be really strict on yourself. 40 seconds/mark is an extremely fast speed. I mean the IB exam is usually constructed in the way that gives students 1 minute/mark. Well idk, maybe it’s good since you’ll have lots of time to do a double-check Well not really I implement different speeds for different topics and so far I only go at 40 seconds a mark for Mathematical Induction Everything else I do at about 50 seconds a mark. Well in theory it does give you time to recheck, but then I don't usually recheck thoroughly so it's worthless for me It's mostly just to improve my speed in tests cause I struggled with that at the start. When you were still doing the diploma how did you study for Math?