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  1. Depends on which course you are applying to. The more competitive ones are harder to get in. Probably about 40-45. Usual courses should be from 36 onwards to stay competitive compared to other candidates. I heard that they favour A level students more than IB students and there are much more A level students who apply for NUS.
  2. Hello good people..! I was completing an online application for one of the US universities and they said I need to send my official transcript to a NACES member to get it translated..?!?? SO .. After a frantic search on google, I found out that NACES evaluates non-US high school transcripts so that US universities can evaluate them. (Which I find it rather idiotic because IB is WORLD-WIDE. I mean come on students in US take IB too..!!) In another forum, some students were complaining about how the NACES failed to "translate" their transcripts properly and did not recognise some of the systems. (which is rather disappointing and alarming at the same time!!) So I want to ask if anyone here sent their script to any of the NACES member and which one is the best for IB transcripts? Here is the link to the list of members and the official NACES website -->http://www.naces.org/members.htm Thanks!
  3. HI everyone, I am a November 2014 session candidate and I got my results today in school. The results were far below what I expected.... I didn't do as well as I expected for Economics SL and Biology HL. I was expecting a 7 for each of the subjects but I got 5s. It was really disappointing because I have never gotten a 5 for Biology, and my Economics score was improving much this year. Furthermore, I only got a bonus point 1 and my other subjects are not fantastic either so in overall, I got a 33. I can, perhaps, get into the colleges I want (slim chance though) but the thing is that my parents wants me to get a scholarship in university because the colleges I am applying to are too expensive for them to afford for 4 years. With 33 points, getting a scholarship is FAT hope. They told me that I may have to skip university and get married instead (sounds unreal but this is true) or go to technical colleges (I can barerly get employed after graduating from there...) I told them about the option of retaking the IB tests and they agreed. AND I am willing to work very hard for 12 months to get better scores in the retake tests. If I retake the IB subject tests, I would like to take Mathematics HL, Biology HL and Economics SL. So the questions are : 1. Can I take them in November 2015? Meaning 12 months retake. 2. Must I redo all the IAs and experiments (Bio)? Or is it just retaking the written papers? 3. Do I need a supervisor for IAs if I need to take them? 4. Must I attend the school lessons? (From the IBO website it says we don't have to but double checking...) 5. What is the deadlines for registering the IB subject retest if I want to take them in November 2015? Please help me answer these questions carefully and sincerely because I am feeling very desperate at the moment..!
  4. HI everyone, I am a November 2014 session candidate and I got my results today in school. The results were far below what I expected.... I didn't do as well as I expected for Economics SL and Biology HL. I was expecting a 7 for each of the subjects but I got 5s. It was really disappointing because I have never gotten a 5 for Biology, and my Economics score was improving much this year. Furthermore, I only got a bonus point 1 and my other subjects are not fantastic either so in overall, I got a 33. I can, perhaps, get into the colleges I want (slim chance though) but the thing is that my parents wants me to get a scholarship in university because the colleges I am applying to are too expensive for them to afford for 4 years. With 33 points, getting a scholarship is FAT hope. They told me that I may have to skip university and get married instead (sounds unreal but this is true) or go to technical colleges (I can barerly get employed after graduating from there...) I told them about the option of retaking the IB tests and they agreed. AND I am willing to work very hard for 12 months to get better scores in the retake tests. If I retake the IB subject tests, I would like to take Mathematics HL, Biology HL and Economics SL. So the questions are : 1. Can I take them in November 2015? Meaning 12 months retake. 2. Must I redo all the IAs and experiments (Bio)? Or is it just retaking the written papers? 3. Do I need a supervisor for IAs if I need to take them? 4. Must I attend the school lessons? (From the IBO website it says we don't have to but double checking...) 5. What is the deadlines for registering the IB subject retest if I want to take them in November 2015? Please help me answer these questions carefully and sincerely because I am feeling very desperate at the moment..!
  5. Ocean

    Wish Me Luck!

    Good luck! You will be fine Make a lot of good friends and have fun in IB!
  6. Hello Good People!!! How did you guys write your personal statements? I know that US can be a informal write-up that talks about unique life experiences or certain event (e.g. some accident, competition, difficulty you had to go through) and UK has to be very formal write up that talks about your qualities, achievements, why you are interested in certain jobs and so on. For my case, I am applying to a university in Switzerland. If I am submitting a personal statement, must it be formal (like UK) or informal (like US)? I would also be applying to universities Hong Kong, Singapore and US. I don't mind doing several write-ups if that is necessary. Just want to know what are the appropriate tones required for each personal statements. Thank you!!
  7. You can aim to work in big organisations like UN or WHO It would be very hard to get in there though :/
  8. Hello Good People!!! How did you guys write your personal statements? I know that US can be a informal write-up that talks about unique life experiences or certain event (e.g. some accident, competition, difficulty you had to go through) and UK has to be very formal write up that talks about your qualities, achievements, why you are interested in certain jobs and so on. For my case, I am applying to a university in Switzerland. If I am submitting a personal statement, must it be formal (like UK) or informal (like US)? I would also be applying to universities Hong Kong, Singapore and US. I don't mind doing several write-ups if that is necessary. Just want to know what are the appropriate tones required for each personal statements. Thank you!!
  9. Korean and English (fluently) cos Korean is my mother tongue And a bit of Chinese and French as well. I want to learn German after achieving the status of speaking French fluently!
  10. I have a Jeep Backpack! The textbooks are so frea*ing heavy that I had them torn out by chapters. So I just carry around the chapters I need It definitely became lighter after that! My friends are jealous haha! Oh but the laptop weighed a lot. On top of that, I still had to carry my big file and a jacket (my school is freezing). If there is Physical Education, I had to carry extra clothing which added to the weight. My shoulders ache time to time from the heavy backpack but oh wells!
  11. Okay Thanks guys! My teacher is letting me do some quick IAs for design and stuff. Hopefully I will score better in those! GAHH Still have to work hard for the exams though :/
  12. Hello~ I did an EE on Biology. I don't really understand exactly what your EE is about so I can't help you with the process but I can give you some advice. My experiments kind of failed too. No conclusive results and it was pretty messy. (Cos it's bio ) But my supervisor told me that the IB examiners do not want to look at your "perfect" reports. They want to look at what you DID. The process. If you failed, they want to know why you failed and you just have to explain what happened in the report. Then, you can suggest that if you plan to do any more future/further research, you will change the method or change this or that and explain why it would work if you changed it in such ways. Don't worry too much! There are success stories of students still being able to get an A even though one failed the experiment. After all, they want to assess your "research mind", not your "perfect" report. And you can consult your supervisor too Hope that helped!
  13. Hello, I am taking my IB this Nov 2014. I take Chemistry and Biology HLs. And my school is submitting the IAs this week. BUT the IA scores are not very good. I have a few 5s and most are 4s and some 3s. There was a rumour that if you don't do well in the IA section, you will lose your 7. Is it true?
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