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  1. Yeah, I couldn't find it on the IB website but it was on many schools' websites so I very much doubt they're giving their students inaccurate information! However, yes, do take it with a grain of salt until IB officially releases it!
  2. I swear that in IB's quest to eliminate rote-learning they're just making life more stressful for everyone involved. Looking through the guide, there's literally no mention of the abstract in anyway shape or form. On page 81, there's a table that indicates what is and isn't on the word count, and the abstract is not mentioned there either - it's just been eliminated from the criteria. However, I'd probably say not to take the risk and not write an abstract, because they might throw it in with an introduction (though that would be a jerk move entirely) - from their criteria, it feels like they're saying you should be focusing your essay in the introduction and in your research question itself, but I'm really unsure. Have you asked your supervisor or IB Co-ordinator about this? I feel like they're going to give you more accurate information than we can drudge up from the IB document.
  3. I believe that most Indian universities require all three sciences for Medicine. However, it's best to check with the universities that you're planning to apply to. The website will hopefully have the information you need. In regards to the entrance exam, the biggest question is whether of not it is feasible. Here is your exam timetable. From what I can see, the only time you have to fly there and get back is from the afternoon of May 8th to (at latest) the morning of May 10th. Now, I know the flight time isn't incredibly long and you can always revise during the flight time, but honestly, flights are tiring, especially if you're going to take in a couple of days. I mean, it really depends on if you think you can handle taking a flight, sitting an exam, taking another flight, sitting more exams... after almost continuous exams. Personally, it was tough enough for me to do BMAT at school alongside IB exams, but having a flight thrown in there at the same time? Ouch, idk if I'd do it. I would recommend against it, but if it's something you truly want to do and think you can do, it's entirely up to you. Just make sure you don't jeopardise your exams because of it. Of course, this depends on when the test will be - since it's in May, you have a chance it may be after IB exams too!
  4. Watched less Youtube videos. Not doubted myself as much when answering questions. Not stressed about the small things and, instead, thought about the end exams more. Focused more on the assessment rubric and had friends check it according to that Not talked to anyone or studied in the hour leading up to the exam
  5. Also, every school does things differently. Ours was just the usual presentation skills, but your teacher might have other ideas (though I very much doubt it - as Jasyun said, it depends from presentation to presentation). While they might not necessarily tell you for certai, there's no harm in asking your teacher what they would be looking for, for a bit of certainty!
  6. Also, don't forget, you only have 4000 words. It may seem like a lot but they cut down fast. Between my introduction and conclusion alone I had ~800 words, and I struggled with only four main points. Don't overreach!
  7. 'Easy' subjects depend on the individual. What are your strengths? What does your school offer that you feel comfortable with taking at HL? These are really things that you have to ask yourself. Apparently Geography HL is a pretty decent subject, even for beginners? It's the only one I can think of off the top of my head.
  8. I had the same thing with my exams (I think I had mine after Biology?). If your school is where you will take your exams, then hopefully they will arrange it so it is on the second day. BMAT allows you to take the exam ~12 (or 24, I can't exactly remember sorry) hours before and after the date in UK time due to the fact that they know there are international exam takers. So, since it says November 2nd in the UK, you'll probably take it on November 2nd or 3rd depending on your examination centre. If it's your school, talk to them before hand - they'll want you to do the best you can do and will accommodate it! If you know where the examination centre is and it's not your school, tell them! BMAT may be able to be rearranged - IB exams cannot. Good luck!
  9. Some schools just don't allow their students to take one of their native languages at ab initio or SL. It's just a thing that some schools have and others don't.
  10. Chances are if the university has said that Biology is a requirement you'll need to be taking it. Of course, you can try and contact the university and find out if they'll allow any lenience but personally I'm doubtful. No harm in asking them though!
  11. Where are you planning to apply for Medicine? It really depends on that. Look around at some of the university requirements, and that should help clarify HL and SL. Personally, I don't agree with Kai_Harry about choosing subjects because they sound good. For medicine, other than the subject requirements, your most important thing is your grades and extracurriculars (and any other tidbits unis might ask you to do). For the most part they don't give a damn what subjects you do (other than the required ones), they care about what grades you get. Of course, this might not always be the case for every university everywhere, but for the most part, don't take a subject that doesn't interest you/you're not good at unless it's a prerequisite. I think @mac117 has similar subjects so he should be able to offer some insight about the combination at least.
  12. It really depends on what you think your interests, strengths, and weaknesses are. To be fair, they're all pretty essay orientated, and the differences are minor in terms of difficulty (I believe, from what I know of my history class). Do you have a particular interest in one? I wouldn't say there's one that I'd recommend over another if you exclude my bias towards history (just because I adore the subject in general).
  13. What do you mean by 'normal'? Like 'average'? Or minimum entry requirements? I believe they focus more on ATAR than anything else, though there may be a slight chance they'll take you over someone with fewer subjects in the sciences. However, I doubt any of us here can say for certain. Fingers crossed for you!
  14. Email both your coordinator and the university. Put high priority on your coordinator's email and then bug the hell out of them. This is important for your future. Email UCL and explain the situation to them. Perhaps (though someone else should confirm this) send proof of you contacting your coordinator (if done through email - whilst perhaps blurring out your teacher's name and email), if possible. Can't help with the latter though, as Medicine might work differently. If it's the same though, they're giving us our interview information from December through to March, so you might have a little longer. In your email, perhaps you can ask them?
  15. Honestly, I don't think subjects really matter for the UK. It's your predicted grades that are more important - and GCSE's if you have them, for Oxford. You have three essay based subjects though, which shows you should be fine with PPE though. Focus on your grades, TSA, and personal statement to be competitive.