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  1. Hey all, It's been over a year since I've been here. Unfortunately I didn't get the IB scholarship in the end so I didn't think I'd ever have to post here again. I've always wanted to study English at a top English university (Oxford/Cambridge, UCL, Durham or Exeter) - this is why I applied for that scholarship in the first place! I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I already have a high school diploma from my former school (I graduated in 2014, but I couldn't take English literature because this subject doesn't exist in the Hungarian system. After an unsuccessful attempt to do an A-level programme at a college in England, I applied to one of our universities to study English and American studies, hoping that it would prepare me for an MA/MPhil in English literature. However, these two semesters have shown me that this wouldn't be possible because this course is designed for EFL learners and so most of the literature we study is actually GCSE level (I don't want to go into details here.) Long story short, one of my tutors basically told me that if I'm truly serious about studying English, I should apply to a UK university as soon as I can. All I need is a L3 qualification in English literature, but it's proving to be a bit of a challenge to get one. I have one British tutor at university, who studied at Cambridge himself, and he'd be willing to help me prepare. Do you think any IB school would let me take the exam? I never went to an IB school so I'm a bit worried.
  2. Please read my blog and you'll find out.
  3. The IB is designed for 16 to 19-year-olds, but I'm going to start it at 20 in spite of the fact that I already have a level 3 qualification. (Those who have read my blog know why) Anyone else in the same boat?
  4. I do have a good ear for languages, so it shouldn't be that hard, but thank you for your comment anyway. I'm still undecided.
  5. I used to, but not any more. Do you like reading? If so, what kind of books do you read?
  6. Can I change the title of one of my topics? If so, how?
  7. Sorry, no idea how to multiquote a post. According to a friend of mine studying maths at uni, IB maths HL covers 80% of A-level further maths, and IB further maths covers most of the first year of university!
  8. I didn't take HL German B, but I did HL Spanish B, and the syllabus for the HL B subjects is basically the same regardless of language. I know the format changed for the HL B languages for 2013 onwards, but what's still important is to make sure you learn the language and learn it well. You aren't expected to be completely fluent in the language, but I believe with the HL language B's they are expecting a bit more proficiency in the language now than the previous syllabus did. Learn vocabulary! I cannot stress that enough. They can present texts about anything. And they do. Sometimes the texts are so random (the May 2012 HL Spanish B exam had an excerpt from a story about a woman who had this like mute or deaf or newly-immigrated, i don't really remember, carry her groceries up a flight of stairs for her LOL). You should have a pretty good vocabulary base for HL B anyways, but focus on learning a broad range of vocabulary in the next two years. Also learn "HL vocabulary," as my teacher put it. For example, in Spanish if you wanted to say "good" you could just say "bueno," which is a very basic word you learn in the first week of classes, or you could say "maravilloso" which sounds much more impressive. I'm sure there are plenty of words like that for German, so learn them. Learn idioms and colloquial phrases that don't really translate out of German word-for-word to add to your speaking and your writing to sound better (plus the examiners like seeing these ). It makes your writing more sophisticated and will boost your score IF YOU USE IT CORRECTLY. Like don't add an idiom just to say one and sound awkward. That's bad. Learn how to write well. You will prepare for a variety of different writing tasks, so learn how to do all of them. Learn how to write formally and informally, how to write articles, how to write e-mails, how to write brochures, etc. Be ready for any writing task they can ask you. Language Bs aren't too hard if you have an inclination towards languages. Good luck Well said! Let me just add one more important thing. Watch/listen to as much German TV/radio as possible, and pay attention to the sound of the language. It'll really help your speaking skills, I promise!
  9. http://www.ncbis.net/Editor/EditorImages/Computer%20Science.pdf Thanks a lot!
  10. I have the same question about English literature specifically.
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