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  1. From what I have been told, once you put your firm choice on UCAS, the contract is legally binding. As such, I would advise you consult this with your uni coordinator. Then again, no-one can really force you to go if you don't want to go.
  2. Can't really help you much with question 1, for I did the IGCSEs, but I will try and help with other questions. My transition was quite good, I didn't struggle much. My classmates did seem to struggle more/less so it really depends on the person. 2) No, it is not mandatory. I took HL maths for over a year and decided to drop it despite doing well in the class. Even if you are doing well, you also have to balance your life outside of school with extracurriculars that are relevant to medicine in order to make your application look appealing. I do, however, think that HL maths helped me work under pressure and maximise my cognitive abilities. The logical part of me definitely thrived, and I think it was a good learning experience. If you wanted to, you could take maths HL and drop it if you don't feel like continuing with it in senior year. With SL maths I managed to receive two interview invitations already and an offer for molecular genetics, so you will be more than fine. 3) If I were you, I'd take HL Bio, Chem, Psychology(or any group 3)/Language SL Maths, Language, Group3/Language For your EE I'd advise a science-based one. In my opinion it 100% helped my application, and I had admission tutors ask me about it when I went to the open days of different universities. It is not a necessity but definitely something worth discussing Good luck!
  3. I think you cannot really look at your application just in terms of grades and numbers. There's much more to it, like your personal statement, work experience, reference... so many other things that make up you as a person. Only knowing your predicted grades doesn't give us much insight into who you are, other than that you're obviously quite a studious person. Naturally, LSE is quite a competitive school, even more so for an international student, but if you followed their recommendations then I'm sure you'll be fine.
  4. 1) I can only think of either dramatic incidents/secrets or "birds and the bees". Don't know why, to be fair. Heard that phrase in this context way too many times I guess? 2) I think the country I have been brought up in definitely affects the way I see myself and others, both positively and negatively. There are certain values I focus on more than the country I have been raised in, which causes some conflict, both internally and externally. Religion didn't really affect me, as ever since I was young I never really was a firm believer and never really agreed with church's views on politics/other agenda. 3) No, not really. 4) That life is more than just what we show to others, and it is much more than just success or failure. Being brought up in a rather academic environment I often classified people/events by these two groups, and it made me quite miserable at times. Life's much more grey, and we should enjoy it.
  5. Well, for EE it's candidate number, word count, title, research question. No name, no nothing. Not even your school. For IAs it really varies depending on which subject you're talking about, but it can be with or without a title page. Important is that you keep your name away from all the works you submit. My teachers like to go as far as saying that writing without making one's gender obvious is even better. ?‍♀️
  6. I was told to use font Arial size 12 single-spaced for science and maths IAs, and double spaced for my written tasks, EE, and other IAs. Pretty sure Arial 12 is a requirement though, unless you take English A where you use a cursive font as a way of making your WT more representative/accurate.
  7. It is exactly this I am not exactly sure what the difference between the different 'Abitur' is - I was only told the ones in Bayern and Baden-Wuerttemberg are considered the toughest ones and the most recognised ones. How much truth is in this I do not know. For economics maths and Econ HL should be fine, but if you want you could contact the universities you're interested in applying to.
  8. For the Bayerische Abitur you need a language and a science/maths HL. You meet these requirements and therefore should be ok. I am not sure whether ITGS is recognised for group 3 - I was only aware of geography, history, psychology, and economics being recognised. But since you take it I think you're more than fine for the Abitur conversion.
  9. Your score is quite high as well! Thanks and yes good luck to both of us
  10. Yeah it varies between schools. I only found mine out partially by accident. Otherwise I would've only known it'd be around 43-45 as they give us 2-point estimates most of the time.
  11. Hehe nope, I *am* predicted 44/45 but got an offer from them for 35 points total. If I get the 35 they let me in for the course
  12. Got an offer from King's for Molecular Genetics for 665HL 35 total with core. Predicted (in detail) are in my bio but it was 44/45 total. Depending on what subject you are applying to, I'd say you have quite a good chance of getting a place.
  13. Good luck with your decision, I hope it serves you well. Worth mentioning is that ESS is not really that similar to the biology course - you can compare the two syllabi for yourself. Biology is indeed a lot of memorisation, but understanding the concepts will help you learn quicker and also recall information you might have forgotten (which might be a struggle if you only memorise and not understand/apply what you memorised). I'm not saying this to discourage you, but much rather to make you aware that you'll still have to understand the theory and be able to apply it in the biology course (during, for example, data interpretation exercises in paper 2).
  14. Well, there are a few questions I have regarding your IA. 1. How can you ensure there won't be any variability in your data? If you were to do different sorts of spinach there should be a variation, but what if there's a large disparity in values in one sort that you use? 2. Is there enough information out there to ensure you can backup your claims/results? Can the difference in amount of iron be explained sufficiently? 3. Can you ensure that breaking the cell walls and then testing will not interfere with the method you decide to use in order to measure the iron content? Could it be possible some of the iron is present in other complex molecules? Generally, your idea sounds rather good, but make sure you're somewhat concrete on this so your analysis and conclusion don't sound flaky!
  15. Good luck! Unless you want to go into the scientific field, or are really passionate about the sciences, I wouldn't advise doing a science EE since they tend to be the hardest to score well in.