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  1. You are scored in each subject on a scale of 1-7. To get the diploma you need a cumulative score of 24. This means that as long as you get an average of 4 out of 7, you will get your diploma. This is pretty easy to do. There are some other things that come along with this though: You must complete your CAS hoursYou must write your extended essayYou must complete TOKYou can't get a 1 out of 7 on any of your testsThis really isn't that hard. IB is difficult because of the time it takes, not because of the difficulty of the courses themselves. Personally, I get between 4 to 6 hours a night with more on the weekends. You'll probably get more when things are slow, and less when things are really busy (around the time of exams). It's rough sometimes, but overall pretty manageable. My experience with the exams has been good. I just got done with the Psych SL test and it was pretty easy. The standards aren't that high either, so you can get like %70 and still get a 6 or even 7. They really aren't that bad. IB is a pain sometimes, but I've found that it really is manageable if you have the motivation.
  2. I've been reading Hume's Treatise of Human Nature as research for my EE. I'd basically like to discuss the Is-Ought problem and its implications. For the sake of relevance, I thought it might be interesting to contrast Is-Ought to Harris's objective morality. However, I'm well aware that The Moral Landscape is popular philosophy and is somewhat dumbed down for people who haven't read much philosophy. If I discussed Harris' objective morality along with Is-Ought would my EE lose credibility? Are their any other ethical systems that would be interesting when compared to Is-Ought? It seems that a large amount of secular systems are founded on something closely resembling moral relativism (which is advocated by Is-Ought). I really want to compare Hume to modern times. Thanks!
  3. A few weeks into my freshman year at the academy I was attending the principal called me to the office. He told me that my views differed from those of the school and that he didn't want me influencing any of my peers. This was a Christian academy and I had become an atheist towards the end of eighth grade (needless to say I was failing my mandatory Bible class for my contentious essays). Anyway, private academies reserve the right to terminate their students' enrollment at any time for any reason, so even though the reason that I got expelled was laughable (and probably discriminatory), there was nothing I could do about it and that expulsion now goes on my academic record (supposedly). Now I had only had 2 detentions prior to my expulsion (between 6-9 grade), so my misbehavior isn't really severe (I went once for taking a toy switchblade comb to school, and again for cutting my wrists), but an expulsion is viewed as something that is very bad. Is this going to hurt my chances of getting into university? Will I be able to explain the situation? Will my explanation have any weight? My parents flipped about it initially and some of their fear has become my own.
  4. I would say go for it! HL English and HL psych are both pretty easy (as far as HL courses go). From what I hear, HL Bio is kind of hard, but if you're scientifically inclined, you shouldn't have any problems. I have no idea about HL ITGS. We don't have that at my school. As for Math Studies vs. Math SL. I think that would depend on the universities in your area. In the United States, many universities are still oblivious to the IB program and will only grant credit for HL courses. With this in mind, the universities I will be applying to have everything pretty clearly defined. All this aside, I've found SL Math to be very easy (so far). I'm still in my first year, and I'd already learned 80% of what we went over this year. Why do you want to take 4 HL's? It is a lot of extra work that you may regret committing to as the program progresses.
  5. IB is not difficult because of the complexity of the work required in the curriculum. Rather, it is the volume of the work that makes the program difficult. The classes involve a lot of work. The topics that they feature generally include 2x the content of most conventional HS classes. Furthermore, you have to take at least 6 of these classes (along with TOK and CAS). In America, we typically only take 4 strenuous, core classes (we do electives for the rest of our time), so 6 is considerably more difficult for us. So it's the culmination of work that makes IB hard, not the complexity of the content itself. With this in mind, know that DropBoite gives you good advice when he tells you to begin looking over the coursework early. I'd also advise you to take conscious note of your strengths and weaknesses so you can know what to focus on now. For instance, I've pretty much slept my way through IB Math SL and IB Literature HL because I'm very competent in both of those areas; however, I began IB ill-prepared for Physics HL. This is vague advice, but if you want to list off what IB classes you're planning on talking and what career fields you want to pursue, I can help you farther.
  6. When reading information on the literary essay for IB Literature HL (25% of that grade), I realized that the reflective statement was supposed to be relevant to the literary essay. I had been told this before, but I wasn't sure about how strong that link had to be. Since the reflective statement regards things discussed in Interactive Oral Presentations (IOP's), I thought it would be difficult to establish a strong link between the statement (a discussion of ideas discussed in a group) and the literary essay (which seems to me to be a personal project focused on closely analyzing literature). I've always felt that the IOP's focus more closely on culture than literature. I'm digressing though... I'm worried that I can't write the essay I want to write. I want to write the 1500 word essay on the theme of love in Paradise of the Blind Unfortunately, I wrote my reflective statement on a pedagogical discussion that we had in one of the IOP's. Are these differing topics going to hurt my grade if I write this essay? Thanks!
  7. Thanks a lot! I knew my scores were a bit low, but I expect to get them up before I have to apply.
  8. Much to my disappointment, my second ACT Composite score was one point lower than my first. However, my second ACT writing score went up. When I apply at University will the ACT Composite Score and the ACT Writing Score be viewed independently? I got 30 Comp. and 8 Writing the first time, and 29 Comp. 9 Writing the second time. So in short, when I apply to University, will I be able to use the highest from both tests (30 Comp. 9 Writing)? I am concerned with this mostly because I don't want to keep paying for the Writing test (on future tests) if I don't have to. I'd like to raise my Composite a few more points, but I'm fine with the writing. Also, what are my chances of getting into the following universities with my current scores? Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Pomona, and University of Chicago. Thanks a lot!
  9. I'm in a bit of a predicament. My high school just got IB so the structure is odd and our choices as students are a bit limited. All students are required to take HL English and HL history of the Americas leaving one additional HL of our choosing. The choices for that were: HL math, HL biology, and HL physics. I had already taken biology freshman year, so in the interest of avoiding three years total of biology I discarded that class from my selection. I threw out math as well because I didn't think I could handle the exam. So here I am, in HL physics with no prior physics experience (save the iota of mechanics taught in physical science). In my physics class, the school has mixed HL, SL, and (oddly) AP students in what they label Advanced Physics. I'm worried that I'm going to fail the IB exam. I have a B in the class but I fail most of the tests (there's a Significant curve). I feel very confident about my IA's (I'm finishing up my second), but that only comprises %24 of my grade (supposedly). If I keep learning so little, the additional %76 will screw me. I really need some direction for how to approach this class. There's all sort of information in books and on the web, but it's very scattered and I often can't make sense of it. I intend to do some studying on my own time to prepare for the exam next year and I was wondering if any of you knew how to prepare well for the exam and could give me any pointers on how to prepare myself (book suggestions, web links, etc). I really need to get this in my head. We just finished up the fields topic (topic 6 I believe) and I failed the test pretty badly. I could really use some help. Forgive the length if this post. I'm stressed and a bit delirious. Thanks a lot! (Note: I'm not planning on majoring in anything science or math related- so a 3-5 on the exam would suffice)
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