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  1. IB`NOT`ez

    IB Predicted

    What are your goals in terms of higher education? A Predicted 35/42 not counting EE/ToK grades is really good and will get you quite far. There's a bit of a learning curve for English A but I've seen people go from 4s in Year 1 to a final grade of '6' by the end of Year 2.
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    SL or HL Maths?

    It's just Cambridge that requires Math HL. A 6 in Math HL looks infinitely better than a 7 in Math SL. I honestly would just apply to Oxford, which doesn't have the HL Math requirement, unless you have some compelling and reasonable notion as to why Cambridge Med rather than Oxford Med.
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    How to study and practise with past paper?

    Disregard time zones for practice. Make sure you'r not just memorizing mark schemes -- always try to learn the reasons for your errors beyond "oops that was dumb mistake won't happen again"
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    Company for B&M HL IA

    Google, Amazon, Netflix, McKinsey & Co., Goldman Sachs are great companies with nuanced staff motivation and efficiency interplays.
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    IB Subject Choices for Business Majors

    Arguably the most rigorous combination for an IB student planning to major in Business in the world's most competitive business schools are as follows: HLs: Mathematics HL, Economics/Business Management HL (Economics HL is accepted for course credits in the US and typically considered as a condition for conditional offers in the UK), any 3rd HL (taking a science HL demonstrates maximum rigor although imo you should take a subject you enjoy the most for your third one,. SLs: Language A, Language B, Science/Humanities (Business Management/Psychology are decent choices you can't go wrong with) To be sure, most subject combinations in the IB is good and you don't have to study Economics/Business Management to get into business school. Along the same lines, Math SL is also fine and I personally don't think highly of ESS but it's the admission committees you need to impress and not me. But because you plan on going for competitive universities, the above mentioned subject combination would show maximum rigor in the IB (barring taking a 7th subject or Further Maths HL) as well as demonstrating a high degree of proficiency in the most important skills for business: quantitative analysis, critical thinking, writing abilities. You can't really have a better IB subject combination for the world's most competitive undergrad business schools: Wharton, Haas, Dyson, Stern, Sloan, Ross, Warwick, LSE etc. all of which have acceptance rates below 10% especially for internationals and extremely competitive students trying to get in with extraordinary test scores and extracurricular work on top of rigorous course loads like the one I described. In a holistic admissions sense, if you're competitive for those schools (and even if you're not), you're very likely to secure admissions into less-competitive but also really good business schools e.g. Marshall, Questrom, HKU, HKUST, USyd, UBC, McGill etc.
  6. You can try talking to your DP Coordinator. If there are still people who have not submitted their essay by the time you've submitted your reworked version, then you do have the right to ask the teacher to allow you to submit the reworked essay. Still, TOK is pretty subjective and arguably random in its marking so I wouldn't worry about it too much .
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    Carrier After IB

    None. The IB is there to drive you to pursue greater intellectual breadth in university, which could potentially lead to better long-term success — but on it's own the IB won't get you much jobs beyond the food service.
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    Chemistry HL or Maths HL?

    I'm fairly certain if you want to apply to some insane med schools like Cambridge you're going to want Math HL + Science HL (90% of admits had either A-Level Math or Math HL). It's just something to consider if you don't want to leave out options; Oxford doesn't seem to have as stringent a Math HL "recommendation".
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    Is IB worth it?

    1. Depends on the person. I honestly believe for at least a third of the people taking the IB, it's just not worth it. 2. Not more so than AP/A-Levels. You need to realize you're going to have to work very hard for intangible goals -- the IB is an opportunity to develop a holistic skill and mindset that could serve you very well in your college and professional careers if you let it, but it won't necessarily get you into better colleges/programs/get you higher grades in college. 3. Unnecessary for securing a job, but the critical thinking skills you develop through the IB can make for more expansive outlooks in the future. 4. To an extent. You'll definitely be more well-rounded than if you were only an AP/A-Levels student focusing on a certain area e.g. STEM/Humanities/Arts.
  10. I think only 1 person in this entire forums is qualified enough to answer..... I summon thee @kw0573!
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    CHEAP UNIVERSITIES FOR INTL STUDENTS

    University of British Columbia in Canada offers a lot of scholarships for IB Diploma students
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    Math HL Question that I cannot solve

    They tell you it's a geometric sequence, so U2/U1 = r, where U2 is the second term of the sequecne and U1 is the first term of the sequence. Likewise, U3/U2 = r. Set up those two equations, solve for 'a', and they seem to hint you'd find 2 values of 'a' leading to two different 'r' values.
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    Science IAs - page limit, spacing

    Forget grade boundaries -- you can literally get a 5/24 for your IA and still get a 7 for the course if you do exceedingly well on your papers. Your score out of 24 is converted into a percentage e.g. 17/24 = 70% and so that gives you 70% of the total allocated points for Internal Assessments, which is 20% of your overall grade. So you get 70% times 20% your overall grade, in essence attaining 14% of your overall grade already just from a 17/24. Refer to the syllabus on how grades are awarded, but each component accounts for a fraction of your overall grade e.g. Paper 1 = 20%, Paper 2 = 35%, Paper 3 = 25%, IA = 20% for a HL science. And no problem -- always happy to help! Feel free to ask more questions if you have any!
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    Science IAs - page limit, spacing

    Criteria marks are holistic, so exceeding 12 pages MAY have played a factor in not getting a 4/4, but I doubt it was the sole reason. I had very neat and concise labels and titles for all my tables and figures as well as organized subheadings, but just reading the text I do think some parts could be made more concise. Also keep in mind that marks are moderated by the IB according to your teacher's grading accuracy for the whole cohort -- it's entirely possible the IA moderator thought I should have gotten a 4/4 for communication, but if he felt other people's IAs Communication marks were on point, he couldn't just increase the mark for my IA without increasing others'. Likewise, for my Chemistry IA, my teacher giving a 24/24 would also easily catch the attention of an IA moderator and if the latter's having a bad day, that's just asking for a down-grade of the entire cohort and so my teacher may just have wanted to play it safer. I really wouldn't worry about Communication at all. It comes down to a lot of things that are out of your control ie your teacher's grading, how other students in your class did for their IAs, consideration of your peers' marks if you're at the top of the class, and the moderator's judgment. Just follow all the criteria, make things organized and labelled and you should be set for a minimum of 3/4. In fact, if you feel confident your IA is at 17+ points out of 24, I would not put much more thought into it as mastery of the subject material is far more important to getting the IB score you desire -- I could have had 7 points less in each of my science IAs and still had a comfortable 7.
  15. I was a former IB student, graduating in May 2017 with an overall score of 41/45 -- I achieved a 40/42 in my six subjects, and received 1 diploma point from ToK/EE. Writing was an integral component to my experience in the diploma program and I recognized that there were different approaches to take in differing courses. 2) On workflow, the process of writing definitely took up the most time. Research is a continuous aspect of writing IAs - I incorporated more research when I feel is necessary. I usually aim for a balance between being concise and thoroughly explaining the background concepts and relevant ideas. Drafting, writing, and rewriting definitely took up most of my time with the IAs of most of my courses. Moreover, my school rarely had us write "trial" reports e.g. writing experimental lab reports in the style of IAs as practice in junior year before doing your real IA. Hence, our first IAs were our real IAs and though we didn't get to practice much in writing them, we had a lot more time to receive and incorporate feedback. 3) I've honestly never tried to look at my writing in such a formalized manner, however after reading The Pyramid Principle by Barbaro Minto, it's definitely something I've become more conscious about now. In the past I just try to make sure my writing wasn't superficial and that every sentence contributed something. 4) Having a holistic understanding of the criteria through looking at sample IAs from the IB Subject Materials, constantly thinking about them when writing your IAs, and then objectively marking your own work against the criteria is in my opinion the most critical factor to my success. I scored significantly beyond the 7 boundary for IAs in all my HL subjects -- Biology, Chemistry, Economics -- as I had a confident understanding in the IB's expectations. That said, I had massive setbacks as well -- I only received Cs for both my English EE and ToK, despite being predicted a B and an A, respectively. We all know predictions are tumultuous, but having done the same process of objectively grading my work against the listed criteria and reading many samples, I was genuinely shocked that I was so off the mark. Given that ToK/EEs were frequently moderated in my school, meaning my predicted scores weren't just the prediction of an individual teacher, made the situation all the more surprising. The bottom line is that having a firm understanding of writing expectations can enable success, albeit to a lesser extent in subjects like epistemology and english where there is arguably a greater deal of subjectivity. I hope this helps -- it's always refreshing to see an educator valuing the importance of skillful writing!
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