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  1. IB courses are generally taken as 11th and 12th grade, with the ability to take exams following either year. It's my understanding that you generally cannot be enrolled in the IB diploma program if you are not in 11th or 12th grade. Now, this doesn't mean you cannot take IB classes before then. Speaking from experience, I took 2 exams, the maximum allowed by IB, as an 11th grader. IB only allows SL exams following year 1 (11th grade). I also took the first half of SL math in 10th grade, so I could either test out in 11th grade at SL or take the two year HL course at my school. You are allowed to take IB exams over the course of 3 years. Those 3 years are defined as either anticipated (11), diploma (12), and retake or diploma (12), retake, and retake. In short, I do not believe it is possible to take IB exams earlier than the end of 11th grade. And even then, they are only allowed to be SL exams. It appears, in your case your son will have to wait till the end of 12th grade in order to take the IB HL math exam.
  2. Speaking as a domestic applicant, U.S. schools don't care about IB specifically. They like to see students challenge themselves with difficult classes, but an easy class or two doesn't kill your application. High SAT scores always look good at on a college app, but everything is taken into account in order to make a more holistic decision.
  3. The best way to know which you will score better on is to take a practice test in both and compare the scores. Don't bother with SAT subject tests unless the uni requires them or you get credit for them.
  4. For the most part, this is a forum for students (current and former) to help students. Topics on here vary from course selection (in both PRE-IB and IB), to content related questions, to post-IB university plans. There are some teachers on the forum as well. If you have any questions other, feel free to message me. -IB_taking_over
  5. Yes, you can change your username on the site. You might be able to use this link: https://www.ibsurvival.com/settings/username/ . If not, it can be found if you click on your username at the top right and go down to Account Settings . Hope this helps, IB_taking_over
  6. There is always that possibility. It often ends badly for you if they find out. The safest bet is to go back and find where you got the idea from and cite it.
  7. When in doubt, it's best to cite it. Since you are using the ideas of another person it would be best to cite. Claiming it as your own (no citation) is generally considered plagiarism.
  8. To answer your numbered questions: 1. Started really studying for most of my exams after spring break, so the end of March. 2. I think you still have time. Your marks aren't that far off from where they need to be in order to pass. It's mostly about studying effectively. So, don't focus on the parts you know well but don't spend all of your time trying to learn one small concept.
  9. https://www.ibo.org/globalassets/publications/become-an-ib-school/dp-general-regulations-en.pdf (published April 2014) See, Article 13.2 (copied below) 13.2 The IB Diploma will be awarded to a candidate provided all the following requirements have been met. a. CAS requirements have been met. b. The candidate’s total points are 24 or more. c. There is no “N” awarded for theory of knowledge, the extended essay or for a contributing subject. d. There is no grade E awarded for theory of knowledge and/or the extended essay. e. There is no grade 1 awarded in a subject/level. f. There are no more than two grade 2s awarded (HL or SL). g. There are no more than three grade 3s or below awarded (HL or SL). h. The candidate has gained 12 points or more on HL subjects (for candidates who register for four HL subjects, the three highest grades count). i. The candidate has gained 9 points or more on SL subjects (candidates who register for two SL subjects must gain at least 5 points at SL). j. The candidate has not received a penalty for academic misconduct from the Final Award Committee. So, with a 2 in one subject, you should be fine.
  10. It is my understanding that a 2 in HL does not cause an automatic fail. It does, however, force you to make up those 2 "HL points" in an HL exam as you need 12 HL level points.
  11. Unless they changed the rules since I did it, you have to take a Lang A in order to pass IB. If you were to switch to English B you would be taking two lang Bs and no lang As.
  12. The year of the book’s publication might be a limitation. For example, stuff written during the reign of Stalin (1924-1953) had access to far less documents than stuff written in the 1990’s. Due to censorship, not more recent docs Also, whatever camp the historian belongs to is a limitation. I am no familiar enough with Riasanovsky’s work to know where he stands, unfortunately. It can be a straight forward as since he’s an American, I cannot learn how a historian born in Russia would interpret the reforms.
  13. In high school, my teacher strongly suggested again using an online translator for sources as there's no way to know it's correct. I honestly can't agree more with her. In particular with Russian, you can get some really weird stuff. (For example, Google translate has a hard time with soul and shower in certain grammatical cases.) The Marxist Internet Archive is pretty good for stuff relating to Marxism. I don't know how late their German and Russian documents go as I've never looked for anything more recent than 1924. The Wilson Center might have some stuff as well. A lot of the Russian ones can be hard to find, often not existing online. There's also the State Public History Library of Russia (link). Although, they are all in Russian and I would strongly suggest against using Google translate to read them. Unfortunately, I am not an expert in the time period of Soviet history, so I don't have a list of historians. For my IA i wrote about the success of the NEP (Russian economic policy). I mostly used secondary sources, primarily books from my local library. I used a few of Lenin's writing from the Marxist internet archive. I was told point blank don't use anything you can't personally read, so I limited in terms of primary documents, however, this did not affect my grade as I received a 25/25. Back in high school subscribed to a few databases so we could find some scholarship that way. As a college student with access to countless databases, generally, I don't have a problem finding journals. Except, one article was only available at Indiana University. A local library or a university library will probably have some relevant books. What's the title of the speech?
  14. During IB, I mostly use ebsco since it was the database my school had access to. It has a good number of secondary sources. Emigration records from Germany may be hard to find in English. They might be cited in some secondary material. Unless you speak German, this is probably the easiest way to get them. You might try searching for some internet archives for Andropov's speech. A lot of old Soviet documents are on the internet but unfortunately, they are mostly untranslated. Although his speech might be translated since it's a major thing.
  15. Por favor, ponga todas las discusiones que son específicas de los exámenes en la sección de exámenes del foro. Gracias Please keep all exam specific discussion in the exam discussion section. Thank you
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