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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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 45 ideally, but anything above: 7 in English, Chem, Math, Economics and Psych and an A in my EE is acceptable by me.
  10. 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.
  11. I think she meant 'mature student' the way UK universities do; students over 20 or some age in that ballpark.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. I'll go by subject: Bio HL: Learn the content. Understand the content. Make sure you can explain (at first orally to a friend or something) exactly what, how and why for everything. For example, in Cells, you should be able to explain what the structure is, what it does, the role of the structure in e.g. keeping the cell alive and how it does this, using correct terms the whole time. Also, learn the diagrams that you'll need to know. My girlfriend does this for Bio HL and she's on a very solid 7. Chem HL: This is a tricky subject because very exact words are needed to get the marks needed. For example, in describing emission spectra saying 'electrons are arranged in layers around the nucleus' will get you absolutely nothing while saying 'electrons are arranged in orbits around the nucleus' would get you all the marks possible, even though they both more or less convey the same message. To that end, make sure you understand everything and how they affect each other; e.g. understand why the increasing atomic radius down a period affects ionisation energy and electronegativity and so on. Make sure you can articulate this information correctly and in a timely manner in exam situations, Get a question bank, and time yourself for individual questions to make sure you can handle it. I started doing this about a month back and I've gone from 5s to high 6s and hopefully a 7 soon. Psych HL: For SAQs and ERQs go by outcome. Rather than actually making lists, first write down arguments. I'll give an example; "To what extent does genetic inheritance influence behaviour?" For this, first write down, e.g. Genetics has a massive influence but this can vary with specific behaviours and the extent of these behaviours' prevalence and scope can be affected by the environment. From there, choose specific studies that you can use, and in a separate list, write down what idea they support. E.g. the Minnesota Twin Study can support the idea that genetics has a primary role in determining intelligence, even if the environment can affect this behaviour. Finally, note down the important definitions you need in your answer on the first list: e.g. you need to know the definitions of genetics, environment, intelligence, heritability, concordance rate for the genetics outcome. Finally, make a list for an ideal order of each for each answer. For this example, it could be 1. Genetics definition 2. Inteliigence definition 3. study 1 4. heritability definition 5. study 2 6. study 3 7. conclusion And go over this again and again. I do this and am at a 7 in the subject. Math (any level): Make sure you understand the concept, and the exact scope of what the IB can ask. For example, in binomial theorem, they could ask you to expand, to contract, to find the nth term in the expansion, or to find the coefficient of a or b.Next, get a hold of a question bank and practice. But don't just practice blindly; time each question to make yourself do it faster. Also save difficult questions and go over them a few times later on. At first, give yourself one minute per mark. As you get a hang of the concept and improve, however, start shortening the time you give yourself, until you reach 40 seconds a mark (though this should be some ways down the road). Don't actually take my examples seriously though, I don't actually think they're complete and (in the case of the psych example) correct Feel free to PM me if you want further help in anything Good luck!
  15. If I were to choose between one, I'd choose a partially segregated school. I wouldn't say gender-segregated schools are too great, at least in my opinion, but I think gender-segregated classes could be good, at least for me. I have a fair number of classes with my girlfriend and find myself um getting distracted and having to study a lot more after class Entire schools segregated by gender, on the other hand, I have to say I find rather extreme. I really don't think the benefits of gender segregation (generally better academic results) outweigh the other side of it enough to justify completely segregating boys and girls. By keeping say a boys class and a girls class, but allowing them to interact in free periods and lunch breaks and extracurriculars and whatnot you'd get the best of both worlds. As for the original question, I'd think gender segregation has more negative effects because one would think learning and really having the opposite sex involved throughout one's development has positive psychological effects (even if I don't currently know of any research or studies that would corroborate this same view). .