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  1. I really don't recommend it, I've heard that SAT language is much harder than IB Language B even.
  2. Generally you want to spend the first few minutes physically describing the image - what, literally, do you see? Are there people in the image? Who are they - what details about them relate to the broader message? What are they doing? What's in the background? What objects are present, what is their relevance? These are just a few questions you might ask, and they vary greatly by image - but the key is to literally describe at first and make sure you don't miss details. Of course, literal description isn't sufficient for 10-minute presentation. You want to deviate from the visuals to the interpretation. A good way of making this leap is by reading the caption and describing its message and implications. What social implications does the image have when considered relative to the caption? Is it satire? Does it point to a problem in the world? For example, if you're given an image like this: https://sacredmargins.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/information-overload-nyt11.jpg you might use it as an opportunity to transition to discussion about the role of technology in society, and whether it is excessively relied upon. Some sort of broad social issue that's omnipresent in the topic your teacher has selected for orals that you're well prepared to tackle and have plenty of vocabulary for. This will also ensure that your teacher will be able to ask you good questions during the subsequent interaction. So basically - first 2-3 minutes literal description, then use the caption to jump to a broader interpretation of a societal implication of the image.
  3. While I didn't take Biology and can't directly answer the question, do note that Specimen Papers exist. They are essentially "past papers" that are never used for a live examination session - created each time there is a syllabus change so there is an example of the new content in exam format. If you are a May 2016 candidate you might have a hard time getting hold of them since your schools will probably want to use them for trial examinations, but it wouldn't hurt to ask your DP coordinator.
  4. In my opinion, the tone is excellent with regard to personal engagement. I'd say the quote from your mother is a bit OTT and corny, but the tone and level of personal language is good.
  5. Different schools seem to have different demands for the presentation. In the end, you should do whatever the people marking it tell you to. But the point is to have a KQ that's an abstraction of the knowledge issue in your RLS, specific enough to have a satisfactory resolution in the 10 minutes you have to talk.
  6. This is almost word for word exactly the knowledge question I had for my second attempt at the presentation during my first draft. I was told by all our TOK teachers that it was far too broad, and ended up narrowing it down to "to what extent has the rise of internet technologies affected the way we acquire and interact with academic knowledge?" You will need to narrow it down in a similar fashion to reach a satisfactory conclusion within the brief period of time you have for the presentation. However, you're on a good track which leads to great potential for discussion - find your RLS, and narrow the question down accordingly. There are a number of foci and corresponding real life situations you could look at: -Ownership of knowledge -> net neutrality, intellectual property and digital rights management -Change in medium of knowledge -> death of print media (eg the conclusion of print of Encyclopaedia Brittanica - this was my RLS) -Frequency and depth of knowledge -> I can't remember where, but I saw some summaries of psychological studies indicating people who have grown up with access to the internet have psychological differences in terms of being better at knowing where to find information but worse at actually retaining it There's many more but that should help you get moving.
  7. Hey just one question: There was a question about entropy.. that was in section B was it? I'm in HL btw Yes, it was Section B. You were given a reaction and some data and had to calculate change in Gibbs' free energy twice by different means. Interestingly enough, I got a negative entropy change despite the phase changes in the reactants implying more disorder, but my delta G values were almost exactly the same so I think I did the calculation right?
  8. Hi everyone, With the November exams nearly done I've been looking to estimate what sort of scores I can expect come January. I know that past grade boundaries for May exams are readily available, but I've been struggling to find any November boundaries. Do they differ significantly? In addition, I'm trying to make pessimistic estimates, so does anyone know what the highest grade boundaries for a 7 in the following subjects (eg the highest grade boundaries I can expect to contend with) have been in recent years? I can find values for some years, but I'm keen to know what the worst could be. -English A Literature SL -German B SL -History (Route 2) SL -Physics HL -Chemistry HL -Mathematics (Calculus) HL Cheers!
  9. I'm HL - structure of ozone is definitely HL and really shouldn't have been in your paper. (It was in our paper as well)
  10. Question 2 was about a big birthday celebration I think and 4 was about a school music band but like you I didn't devote much time to the other questions! My IA's were pretty decent apart for the one on one oral! I got so nervous I forgot how to speak :') I got full marks on the interactive ones and my written assignment was pretty good too so hopefully I can push my marks up with those! Yeah, now you mention it I remember it. I always find there's one or two questions in a Paper 2 that'll revolve around explaining German customs and what German people do. The guys in my class who went on the German exchange find those questions exceptionally easy (common vocab and they know exactly how the customs are, having lived with a family there), but I have no idea where to begin seeing as I don't have any firsthand experience with the culture. I was really hoping for a good Wissenschaft und Technik question - and luckily, I got one. It was my most frequently used category in practice papers - but sometimes you get awful questions (like one year there was one on writing a list of recycling tips - what kind of SL student is going to have the vocab for that on a whim?). You might have done better on the oral than you thought you did. If I recall correctly, there's two major criteria - that the conversation flows well (eg that you demonstrate you understand and respond with meaningful answers), and that your language is accurate. The second criterion is a tough one, but examiner's reports indicate most teachers actually mark too harshly there - so the standard is probably lower than you think. Can you remember any of the tough parts of Paper 1? I seem to recall the synonyms being tough (bloß and something else), but if you looked at the surrounding questions you could pinpoint which sentence they were to be in, and there was only one grammatical match per word type. I remember making an educated guess from that, looking it up after the exam, and realising it was actually right. I've forgotten the true/false bit for text D but remember it being tough - do you remember anything about it?
  11. I totally agree! the texts were pretty simple to understand it was the questions themselves that were difficult!!! Paper two I chose Free time and thought that was a relatively simple question! (hopefully the grade boundaries will drop if everyone found it a hard paper!) Can you remember what the questions were? I only remember mine (Wissenschaft und Technik - the one about usage of mobile phones in cars). I remember settling pretty quickly so I didn't devote much attention to the others. I was pretty happy with Paper 2 - I don't think it was my best ever, but it was pretty solid. I've seen the grade boundaries as high as 87% and as low as 85% for a 7. Pretty tough, but thankfully IAs make up 50% of the grade!
  12. How did everyone find the Physics core papers? (At the time of writing, the 24-hour rule still applies to Paper 3, so please don't discuss it here.) I thought while taking the exam that Paper 1 was harder than average - it took me the whole hour to tackle. There seemed to be a lot of strange questions too, and a lot more stuff on waves. I found Paper 2 pretty straightforward in comparison - everything seemed very similar to past questions. I did questions 7 and 8 in Section B - how were 6 and 9?
  13. What did you all think of the paper? I thought it was noticeably harder than average. Seemed to me like the texts were relatively straightforward, but the questions themselves were quite complicated.
  14. Make it enjoyable for yourself. Read German articles. Watch films in German. If you're into video games, set them on to the German language setting (I highly recommend Telltale's games such as The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones - you're pushed to understand the dialogue responses and it's much more immersive linguistically than passive observation).
  15. Yep - it's apparently grounded in the poet's experience escaping Hungary with his father as a child. I wasn't willing to make that assertation in the commentary itself as there wasn't any explicit reference to anything that might suggest it, but it turns out that interpretation is completely correct.
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