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  1. It's as long as it needs to be, mine was about 600 too I think. There are no rules.
  2. I don't see why it can't be a Category 1 essay, it seems to fit the guidelines for it. You can compare two authors, and both authors write in the English language. I'm guessing it just wasn't allowed because you haven't set a specific title or research question. Comparing 'mystery/horror writers' isn't specific enough as you need to determine which texts in specific you're comparing and what literary aspect you want to compare in specific.
  3. Your coordinator shouldn't be controlling your subject choices like that. They can recommend against it, but it should ultimately be your choice what subjects you want to do
  4. I'd love to know that too actually, was wondering the same thing.
  5. Hey guys, I was wondering if the grade boundaries have always been the same in all sessions (i.e. a 29 for an A), since I haven't seen a single November session grade boundary sheet online. If there's anyone that graduated last November, can you please share the grade boundaries for the EE? Or are they the same? I know that May sessions have always been the same, but I want someone to confirm whether that's also the case for November sessions.
  6. Interesting, but there could be a lot of factors here. It's mainly a personal thing, the 7 student's initiative to get a book himself shows me that he is dedicated to Bio and his studies, it wasn't necessarily the textbook. Then again, it could've been. I am in no way saying the study guide is better, the textbook of course is better in every respect, it's more comprehensive and detailed. But all I'm saying is that the study guide is enough (personally) if you don't have a lot of time, as I'm guessing many IB students alike don't. It contains concise, bite-sized information that is accurate to the syllabus. Sure, it might not get you 100% but I know a girl who got a 7 in May and she used just the study guide and Bioninja occasionally. A big factor in one's performance is really how they are as a student and how intellectual they are; you can get all the books in the world, but if that subject just isn't for you, or if you're not necessarily a bright student, the books won't help you. A friend of mine worked so hard and probably studied more than all of us but he only managed to pull off averages of 3s and 4s, he just wasn't cut for it. It could be that his methods weren't effective, but I'm gonna go and assume that he just wasn't bright enough, or maybe wasn't the kind of person the IB wants (remember, the IB is really specific with their requirements, methods and terminology), so yeah.
  7. Your friends are probably right haha! Keep in mind that although past papers are useful, the syllabus has changed quite significantly and that maybe we're required to know a bit less about the SA node, based on the more vague syllabus statements (which brings me back to my point about the study guide being good enough for the purpose). Syllabus statements before used to very explicit. Now, the syllabus seems to have a more global approach, with needing to know less detail but more content (that's just my opinion on the new syllabus)
  8. Hmm, that's interesting. Well, I have never heard of the term 'tunica' and as expected, it is not even mentioned once in the study guide, I just checked. So it's probably one of these extra details that are found in textbooks. Don't get me wrong, knowing these stuff wouldn't hurt. But if it isn't a syllabus statement to, say, label the artery or something or talk about something that involves the tunica, I highly doubt that a question would come up on it. I just checked the SA node section and compared it to the textbook, the study guide isn't really missing out anything from what the syllabus statements say, the textbook is just more exhaustive. I know I probably sound like I'm promoting the study guide lol, but I honestly find the study guide to just contain all the right info and is concise. Regarding your practice test: first of all, keep in mind that your teacher gave you those marks out of 6, not an examiner. Teachers rarely give full marks, it could be a way to encourage students to do better or something idk, but that tends to be the case. Was this a past paper question or a question made by your teacher? If actual, then did you see what was missing from your answer in the mark scheme? If it's an unofficial question, I'm sure that if this appeared on the exam, it would have mark scheme that has all the key points examiners should look for in an answer, and if you feel confident about it, you shouldn't worry. Also, it could've been the way you probably wrote the answer? It's not just all about throwing in the keywords, longer questions tend to be more subjective. Thank you for the kind wishes
  9. I thought so too about the study guide, and didn't use it much. But I took the May 2016 exams and realised after looking back to the study guide, everything was there and I would've known everything if I studied more from it. I'm retaking in November and I'm using the study guide now. Thing is, I don't really do notes and the study guide is what my (hypothetical) notes would look like if I was proactive and wrote my own notes. It's ideal imo! The info is concise and it addresses every syllabus statement (I check the syllabus alongside it). Thing is, it might not look helpful and detailed, but questions in the exams will only usually be 2-4 marks max (besides Section B), the majority aren't essay questions. It's highly unlikely the study guide will miss out anything. Besides, even if you do study from the textbook, it's not like you'll be able to recall paragraphs from it that you tried to memorise, especially under the pressure of the exam. So personally, I convinced myself that the study guide is appropriate. If, and only if, you feel like you don't understand something from the study guide, you can then refer back to the textbook for a detailed explanation, but imo not everything needs a detailed explanation like the one you find in textbooks, probably only the more complex processes. But that's just my opinion, and you should use whatever you feel most comfortable with
  10. What about the Oxford study guide, do you use that? It's way better than Bioninja imo
  11. I mean, getting a better score in ICT would've been a good start, but a C isn't bad at all. Besides, your performance in IGCSE isn't necessarily an indicator of how you'll do in IB, they're very different courses with different approaches to assessment. Who knows, the ITGS syllabus might be more attractive to you which might lead you to do well in it. I suggest you check out the syllabus to know what you're getting into. But there's one thing for sure, ITGS has a lot of essay questions, so being good at writing helps. I have a friend that literally knows nothing about tech, but she studied and is good at writing, she ended up with a high 6. So it really depends.
  12. ITGS isn't like IGCSE ICT, I did both. ITGS is more about the application of IT systems in society, and assessing their advantages and disadvantages. If you're into that, do ITGS. Otherwise, go for Business.
  13. Weird how they recycle the question. Not only that, but in the year following it!
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