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  1. The way I understand it, the predicted grade is given by your subject teacher based on test, essay, presentation etc. performances throughout the two years, and it's basically what they think you'll get on your exam. Actual grades on the other hand, are the grades you got on your exam and internal/external assessments? What I don't understand though, is which one of these is used when applying to universities? I've been told that predicted grades are used if you go directly on to university after the IB, while actual grades are used if you take a gap year. Is this true?
  2. Thank you both SO much for answering my questions, they were both really helpful Hopefully I'll be enjoying life down under in a few years time!
  3. I have wanted to study medicine in the US for a really long time, but I recently found out that gaining admission is borderline impossible for international students.. Questions: 1. Is it easier to gain admission in other countries (specifically Aus, UK, Can, Ger)? Or is it pretty much the same in every country when it comes to university admittance for international students? 2. Is it nearly impossible to gain admission to other programs in the US, or is it exclusively medicine? (like engineering) 3. I believe (not sure) gaining admission to a university in the UK is easier for people within the EU, (they are admitted with the same criteria as domestic applicants.), is this true? What about Norway? We are not in the EU, but in the EEA.
  4. So I want to study either medicine or engineering in university, but the problem is I can't decide. When I start IB I have to choose my classes, so if I choose Medicine, I would take Chem and Bio HL, If I want to study in England at least, and I don't want to study in the US because the med programs there are post-graduate. (I could possibly study in Australia though, but I'm not sure about what the pre requisites and entry requirements are.) If I later during the IB course decided that I wanted to become an engineer instead.(Or vice versa) I would be screwed?? (Things can change in two years you know) Because I wouldn't have the right pre requisites, and most universities wouldn't consider me? What possibilities would I have in that case? Are there any introductory courses to Physics that I could take in University before applying to an engineering program (Or intro to Biology courses for med school)?
  5. FreddyTaco

    University in Sweden or Norway?

    My sister studies Business Administration at the University of Stavanger. She told me all of the masters degree classes are in English, while the Bachelors degree classes are mostly in Norwegian, but there are some in English aswell
  6. FreddyTaco


    "It is possible to apply for a preparatory year at some schools in the UK", what do you mean by that? Can you do a university year to make up for an IB course you need for example to study medicine or engineering?
  7. FreddyTaco

    Ab inito Mandarin or Ab inito French?

    First of all, thanks for the answers guys, I appreciate it! Roughly, what does the mandarin exam look like? Is it "send a letter to a friend and tell him about your trip to China" or something like that? What question(s) did you get? 1. When you take chinese IB, do you use pinyin? Or do you use a combination of pinyin and Chinese letters? 2. Let me explain: Because Mandarin is harder than French, the school can`t expect Mandarin students to memorize as many words for example as the French students. So the exam for french would be harder, it would require more words to do well than the mandarin exam would, but the Mandarin exam would still be as hard or harder, because it is a harder language to learn. Another example; if the Mandarin students converted all their Mandarin into French they would probably do worse than the french students...? Do you understand? And another thing: Can you use a dictionary on the exam?
  8. I need your opinion on whether I should learn Mandarin or French. I want to learn Mandarin more than I want to learn French, because it is way more useful, but French is way easier. The problem with Mandarin is the difficulty, especially the letters/script/characters, when I look at Chinese letters it just looks ridiculously hard, memorizing them is basically like looking into the night sky and trying to memorize specific patterns of stars, and freaking hundreds of them!?!?!? So what do you guys think? Take an easier language, and probably get a better grade, but waste two years that I could have spent learning a more useful language? Or take a harder language, probably get a worse grade, but learn something useful? And another question; do any of you have any idea if people who take chinese/japanese/hindi/korean etc. (hard languages, because of the script, among other reasons) will learn less - cover less material - than people who take easier languages? That would make sense right..? Thanks for any amswers
  9. I`m starting IB in a little over a year and I was wondering if it was a good idea to spend my free time learning a new language, and then take it ab inito. I would just pretend I have never studied the language before, and then BOOM! on the test I would get a 7, I would probably be ahead of the class for 6 months or something, at least. I just think it would be a good idea to lighten the heavy workload of IB a little bit. Would this even work?
  10. FreddyTaco

    Boarding School

    I think it would be worth it, yes (haven`t gone to boarding school, but I am considering it). I think what my dad says about his experience when he was deployed in Lebanon applies to boarding school aswell: "It will suck while you`re there, although there will be some fun moments (except for boarding school I think it would be opposite, some bad times but mostly fun), but after it is over it you will be happy that you experienced it." Here are some pros and cons I think are worth mentioning: Pros: * You will have good habits, many IB students struggle with procrastination, you probably wont at boarding school because the day is structured so that you go to school, then extra curriculars, then about 2 hours where everyone has to study. * In a boarding school, you are responsible for yourself. As a result, you become independent and learn not to depend on others for everything. *You`ll be in a learning environment, compared to some public schools where smart people = nerds, looked down upon etc. *You will learn a language more in depth than you would if you took it as a class at home, but didn`t use it daily. Cons: *Of course leaving family, and maybe loosing contact with your friends when you get back home. *What if you don`t get along with people?
  11. FreddyTaco

    Starting IB in August, Need Advice

    I would recommend http://www.duolingo.com for learning spanish, if you go through the "language tree" once and revise (maybe go through from start to finish one more time) you will be almost 1 year ahead of your class, I **** you not. Check it out!
  12. Hey guys and girls, I need your opinion on whether or not becoming a doctor is worth it.. I want to become a doctor, I am genuinely interested in medicine/sciences, but I don`t know if I want to spend 10+ years (the best years of my life) in school. The other alternative to becoming a doctor is Petroleum Engineering or something Business related, (I would get an MBA). But the problem with this is I am not really interested in any of those 2 fields, I just like being able to live abroad easily, the pay and the short education, so I would like the benefits, but not the actual work. (I think atleast) Also, I want to become an internist or emergency room physician (both have 3 years residency, I think(?), maybe 4) My questions are: -What motivates you to study till you are 30+ years old? -If I were to get admitted to undergrad medicine at an Australian uni (only 6 years, compared to 4 yrs undergrad, 4 yrs grad in the US) I would probably be able to persevere and become a doctor. But how big are my chances as an international student? What IB score would I need? -Even if I did become a doctor, is it worth it? I know the working hours can be long, especially for surgeons, but even a internist/EM physician has to work at least 50hrs/week, while an engineer usually works only 40 hrs/week. Do young doctors have to work longer than old doctors? I know residents and interns have to work upwards of 80 hrs a week but as soon as you finish your residency, do you get normal 50hr weeks? Or do you have to work your way up to more manageable hours? -Should I consider working part time, money certainly would not be a problem? Or would I only end up with ****ty jobs if I worked part-time? -Is med school really as difficult as people make it out to be? How is it compared to engineering, business (i`ve heard business is an easy major), computer science or other sciences like chemistry or biology? Thanks if you take your time to answer this
  13. FreddyTaco

    Anyone at EF Academy?

    Hey does anyone here currently go to EF academy boarding school? And if so where? And would you be willing to answer some questions?
  14. FreddyTaco

    Film HL

    Isn`t it quite risky to take film, because of how much your grade would depend on which group you are in?

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