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  1. All forms of Lightsaber combat along with the needed acrobatics. Though I'll settle for fencing and learning wizardry at Hogwarts.
  2. Your friend shouldn't buy a mother****ing IA in the first place? Maybe it's just me, but as someone who tries to put in a crap ton amount of effort into his work, people pulling stunts like that really rattles my nails. It depends on whether or not the IA has been published online e.g. if a google search can yield it, then it's published already and the IBO will know that it's not your friend's work. Get your friend to have the work tested via Turnitin to see how much "plagiarism" is present in the work. I don't know how your friend's school does it, but most schools have IAs due in March as they're sent off to the IBO during late March or early April. Which is enough time for him/her to put in about 5-8 hours of work that can ideally yield a decent, original, internal assessment.
  3. Lots of pretty good stuff here, especially when it comes to studying science subjects. http://www.studbuds.org/2017/01/23/a-beginners-guide-to-studying-science/
  4. Not necessarily – for the US, at least (the UK may be another matter, but I still don't understand how you would not consider 39/42 to be enough; 777666 is a 4.0 perfect GPA already) Referring to the IBO's Guide to US Institutions (http://www.ibo.org/contentassets/5895a05412144fe890312bad52b17044/recognition---international-student-guide-us--march2016---eng.pdf.pdf), which is updated for 2015-2016, the average DP score for top tier schools like UC Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania is 38/45. The ones that are slightly higher than those schools e.g. Stanford probably won't have averages exceeding 40. A reason is that they place equally, if not higher values on standardized testing e.g. SAT/ACTs. Assuming ECs, interviews, recommendations, and essays are all out of the equation and it's only IB grades + SAT scores that are present, they'd more likely choose someone with 38/45 and a 1500/1600 SAT than someone with a 41/45 with only 1400 SAT (this is just an example my counsellor, who has had experience as an admissions officer, used to give me an idea of how much more value is placed on standardised testing than the IB). Another way to look at this is with the Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns: the best schools stop caring about IB grades once they're past a certain benchmark e.g. 38-40/45. There's only so many people who can achieve amazingly high IB scores (40+) and can still attain stellar SAT/ACT scores (32-36 in ACT or 1450-1600 in SAT); you only need both components to be high enough to meet their standards, and then let everything else e.g. extracurriculars, essays, and recommendations shine through as they will do so much more than a marginal increase to your grades by that point. Unless you're thinking of Oxbridge and LSE in the UK, you don't need to be sweating if you're already at a 39/42 or even a few points less. Personally, I highly doubt an admissions officer for a school like Brown to look at someone with a predicted IB score of 45 and simply because of that, think "hmm, he definitely deserves a spot here".
  5. I feel you should just keep on what you're doing. Being able to maintain 37-39/45 is good enough for the most prestigious US universities so long as you're not going for STEM e.g. Engineering, and having extremely unique extracurriculars will go a much longer way. Keep in mind this is only for the US though.
  6. There was a guy on this forum who rejected a full scholarship to Harvard. Pretty lit.
  7. oh shoot never mind what i said then.
  8. For Astrophysics, you'd probably be better off doing a Computer Science EE where you try running various computer simulations on star evolution from varying parameters. Alternatively, and which would be quite an interesting avenue to explore, is to do a World Studies EE where you combine 2 subjects, in this case Physics and Computer Science, in conducting an in-depth Astrophysics investigation that would still contain collected data.
  9. If you're struggling more than Bio, then go for Chem! It's honestly so much more a breeze compared to Biology, at least from my experience. So long as you're Ok with understanding concepts, then you're in pretty good stead.
  10. Did your teacher explain why she/he gave the marks she/he did?
  11. Fortunately, there isn't, though class grades are still rather important for your transcript. Although one can argue the Internal Assessments are class grades since they're initially graded by your teachers before being externally moderated by the IBO. If you're struggling with Maths, you may want to discuss it through with your teacher and as a final resort, perhaps moving down a level in Maths.
  12. This should help out as a starting point: http://www.studbuds.org/2017/01/14/how-to-succeed-in-the-foaiop/ Feel free to ask questions and good luck with preparing for your future IOP!
  13. I think you're likely getting into all of your US unis, except for maybe UC Berkeley due to the SAT score – but even still, according to an official IBO document released in 2012, back then they accepted around 55% of IB Diploma applicants. So it's not a stretch that 5 years later they'd still probably have over 40% acceptance. Not as well-versed for the UK but Warwick and UCL are extremely selective. With your predicted grades and a solid personal statement though, I think you're still in good stead – even more so when you consider that your application won't have any more weaknesses since they don't want the SAT.
  14. Unless your family's financially well-equipped enough to support you studying for 8 years in the United States, where tuition fees are notorious, you should consider Australia as a fallback. There are several good universities there that either allows you to study medicine as an undergraduate or have a guaranteed spot for graduate medicine, and won't require as long a time as in the U.S.
  15. SAT is not held as highly in Canada as in the US, and is never a requirement by any university. That said, if a student does offer it, they take it into deep consideration and if it's really good like your friend's, it's a major help. (also did some checking; Simon Fraser University's deadline is in Jan 31 so your friend has time to apply there if he starts his application ASAP – a week is enough time to complete it) The application process will differ by university – as far as I know, most if not all Canadian universities don't use the Common App. However, it's not that hard and is still a pretty simple process. SAT Subject Tests can really help, especially if your friend's IB scores aren't great. I mean, doesn't he want to get into good schools? If so, he should take this opportunity to demonstrate proficiency – it's not necessary to enter the aforementioned Canadian universities, but it can go a long way to net him scholarships if he's interested in them, considering his already really strong SAT scores. Getting high scores on tests like the IELTS or TOEFL is also pretty helpful though again, not a must. With a very solid SAT score but unfortunately subpar IB results, my personal opinion is that he should look for as many other opportunities to make up for it through external testing, which really does go a long way in strengthening his application. Also, it goes without saying that polishing his essays/personal statements is extremely important as well. No problem – glad to help.