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  1. If you're predicted 38 and meet other requirements of the specific university, apply to around 2 with that as its exact requirement. However, bear in mind that that score will very, very likely be your conditional offer and thus it would be expected you score that on your final IB exam. A very high majority of IB students miss their predicted grades by 1-2 on the finals, which would mean your offer from those schools with exactly your predicted required would probably be rescinded, so having 3 backups would help.
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    It largely depends on how much they "want" you as a student. If you have a very strong statement of purpose, reference letter, at-interview assessment, and most importantly the actual interview, they'd be less likely to ask for an IB score higher than your predicted grades. On the other hand, Oxford has 38 points with 766/666 for many of its courses, in which case it's more likely they'd give offers much higher than the requirements.
  3. Not only does it violate certain ethical standards that the IB wants you to follow, the "various factors" would be hard to truly investigate quantitatively, especially since people can make unpredictable choices which can subsequently skew your data beyond analysability.
  4. Both Computer Science and Finance/Economics will require a high degree of skill in Math. Accordingly, schools that do have subject specific requirements (most in the UK, less so in the US) will very likely require Math at Higher Level for either of your two courses. Math > Computer Science > Chemistry, for either of your prospective majors. Thus I'd suggest choose Math HL and Computer Science SL. Not taking Chemistry won't hurt you in most cases.
  5. HL Math would help, but SL Math is not the end of the world. Not taking HL Chemistry would not in any way hinder your chances with computer science or engineering (unless chemical, then you will need it 9/10 times). Receiving an 800 SAT II Math Subject Test can help a bit, or if you could do AP Calculus BC this year and score a 4 or 5 that would be hugely beneficial to your application.
  6. Unless you've got incredibly high grades and tons of fantastic extracurriculars, it will be difficult to receive a generous scholarship from the top level of computer science schools. These would include, but are not limited to - Stanford, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, MIT, Dartmouth, UPenn, Columbia, Brown, Caltech, Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Harvey Mudd. Not trying to be a pessimist or anything, but those are the top universities anywhere in the world. By all means apply to those, but they all have very low acceptance rates. Some of them are need blind, meaning they'll accept you without checking whether you require aid, but if you subsequently request for it they may just refuse to give you anything. Other schools which are also highly regarded, but with a greater chance of scholarship could include: UCLA, UBC, Toronto, Waterloo, University of Washington (Seattle), and a few more that I cannot recall at the moment. One that very, very often provides generous scholarships AND is incredibly highly regarded for STEM is HKUST (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), who typically give out very generous scholarships to students with IB scores above 36 (I had a friend who was predicted 44 and received a full scholarship, though he ultimately chose to go somewhere else). I'd suggest consulting www.ivyachievement.com. It is a university counselling service, meaning they'll probably market heavily and try to convince you to buy their services, but if you dig around the website and perhaps send them an email they may be able to provide great insight on scholarships and universities for Computer Science.
  7. I'd have to disagree. Both economics and business at a university level require a certain degree of aptitude in quantitative analysis, hence such courses require Higher Level Mathematics at many institutions. Physics is largely a quantitative-based course, and enhances the application part of what you'd learn in math (applied mathematics is a fundamental part of economics and business). You also learn graphical analysis skills, which are important in both majors the original poster is seeking, as well as the ability to work with and manipulate various equations. (Source: I've spoken to a few professors and admin staff at Cambridge and LSE about this) Now, I'm not saying taking history won't help–quite the contrary, really. The reasons Richard mentioned above for taking history are completely valid, and I know people who've gone on to study Economics at Cambridge with Math, Economics, and History at HL. I'm just trying to point out that two sciences can work in your favour, even if you're not studying a science-oriented undergraduate subject. Also, the majority of universities will quite simply not care about what your Standard Level classes are, although they can undoubtedly help you (for example, taking SL History and developing what Richard was talking about), so taking a second science or social science there will not likely make a difference. On to your classes: it's fair that your school doesn't offer Business HL. Some universities don't accept it as an HL course while others specify that they consider it a "soft" course to take. If you want to end up anywhere in finance or business, IB Economics is the way to go. Second, if you're confident in Physics, I'd say go for Physics over Chemistry at Higher Level for the reasons I mentioned above, and especially so if you're not taking HL Math, as you will need to prove your mathematical ability. I'd very, very strongly recommend HL Math though; if you want to study in the UK, pretty much every economics & business course will require HL Math, and if they don't, it will substantially boost your application strength. Yes, it's extremely difficult, but the payoff is worth your time if you can avoid procrastination and study efficiently. If you do decide to take HL Math, don't take it as a fourth higher; replace English or Chemistry instead.
  8. I take HL Math, Physics, and Economics, and will probably apply for Engineering (specifically Electrical & Electronic) to the UK this fall. My target schools are Cambridge and Imperial College London. Would having Economics at HL instead of a subject like Chemistry put me at a disadvantage?
  9. If you want to study Finance/Economics/Accounting/CS (even as a minor) what's even more important than actually having economics is taking the highest level of math available. As such, taking HL Math would be the main course recommendation for your aspirations, but if it's not possible to take HL Math then your course combination works as Physics can to some extent display mathematical aptitude. Physics and History are different enough that even though both courses are rigorous they'll challenge you in different ways and not lead you to the state of being completely "done with life", which, for example, HL History and Literature combined would. It is absolutely a viable option to take both (I have a friend taking HL Physics, Math, History, AND Literature, but he's perpetually sleep-deprived and sick, so I wouldn't recommend doing that). However, if you're aiming for the very best schools in Finance or Economics then you should preferably switch to HL Math, or if you don't, you may want to take AP Calculus alongside IB to prove to universities that you are strong at mathematics, the unequivocally most important subject for anything to do with finance, economics, accounting, and even computer science (more important than actually taking computer science, in the case of the latter!).
  10. Summer schools (especially in the US and UK) are reputed for being money printers for colleges, as they can often charge far more than they are worth. If they're directly related to your major, they can help but by missing the deadlines you haven't really closed any doors Try landing an internship, as these can look excellent on college applications AND provide you with experience that will help decide what you want to do with your life. Talk to your friends, their parents, look online, or just send out cold emails that can help you get a job doing something you're interested in. Alternatively, community service also looks excellent on CVs and can come in many forms, many of which don't require too much planning beforehand so you can do it even now. Do something you'll enjoy, but also something that can benefit you and help you stand out as a student. PM me for elaborations on the above if you want!
  11. Not entirely sure that this could be drawn out to 4000 words for an extended essay, as it seems answerable in a few short paragraphs and minimal data. Perhaps you could do this for your IA? For a Physics EE you should compare multiple variables and possibly add more elements to your investigation. Maybe compare wavelengths, distance, and the impact on for example a light-dependent resistor?
  12. You can improve your predicted grades if you show potential for higher grades through in-class assessments, and by talking to your teacher to get what you need. And yes, predicted grades do include the core points and this is done through your TOK teachers & EE supervisor determining what you'd be predicted for both. Not sure about how other schools do it, but at mine you only get 3 points if you have a predicted A in both TOK and EE (even though you just need an A/B for the final grades)
  13. Medicine, Sport, and Health generally require Chemistry, usually at HL if you want to do Medicine as an undergraduate course. I take Chemistry SL, and in all honesty it's my easiest class. As long as you're good with the concepts and read the textbook (if your school doesn't prescribe a textbook, get the Cambridge Course Companion), you'll be perfectly fine for the exams.
  14. Debate tournaments and moots/mock trials are excellent extracurriculars, and shouldn't be too difficult to organize. Mooting/mock trials aren't directly related to international policy like MUN/EYP are, but as a part of both debate and MUN in my school, the two have numerous similarities. I have a friend who has started an NGO that organizes tournaments and teaches debating to kids all over Malaysia, if you're interested in the sound of it, I could give you his contact for any advice.
  15. You'd probably want to take AP Calculus AB (or better) BC to boost the math part of your application.
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