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  1. wipes his butt with sandpaper.
  2. If your IA is part of the sample sent to the IBO, the external moderator will adjust the final marks based on his/her discretion. Unfortunately if it's not part of the sample, the moderator won't see it, BUT its marks will still get adjusted based on what he sees from the sample. Therefore if the IA marks of the sample are deemed too harsh by the moderator, all IA marks can increase, including yours. The IA is worth 20% of your final grade. Theoretically, it is possible to achieve a 1/24 for your IA and still get a 7 overall for any of the science subjects, provided your exams are pretty much perfect. However, getting a 7/24 does get your work cut out for you in achieving a high grade – you'll need to do more than the minimum for a 5, 6, or 7 boundary in achieving such grades (in your final exams). Generally speaking, if your exams are a mid-5 – boundary for a 5 is between 56-66% – so let's say your external exams overall average to 60%, and your IA being 7/24, worth 20%.... overall your final score will be approx. 54%, which is still a 4 (for HL) Therefore you'd need need a high-5 in your exams to get a 5 overall, a very high-6 or even a low 7 just get a 6 overall etc.
  3. That sounds horrible. Have you tried reporting her to your DPC? How does she not know where the problem is when she literally grades all of your assessments? Anyways I sent you a PM. Good luck!
  4. Either would be fine in most cases. Perhaps for Literature or Law in the UK, they might prefer Literature if they see that your school offers both. But it's a very minor thing. It's more important to do whichever you like (would honestly prefer to do Lit over Lang Lit).
  5. Change my subject combination completely. Take Maths HL, Physics HL, English Literature HL, History HL, and remaining 2 SL subjects as English & Indonesian literature. I'd most likely die but honestly IB grades don't matter to universities (at least US ones) so challenge yourself to the utmost with what you enjoy learning.
  6. I played a lot of Heroes of Newerth (really toxic game lol), Overwatch, and Pokemon throughout the DP. Mostly Heroes of Newerth during DP1, but then mostly Overwatch & Pokemon Sun/Moon in DP2. It's actually good to spend time playing games as we're hardly machines that can slave over 24/7 for the IB.
  7. Okay well, before jumping too quickly on the petition, it might be better discussing it for the moment. I think in general the petition is vague. Is it referring to TZ1 or TZ2, or both? From what I've heard, both timezones had it rough, but without proper specification in the petition, there's little in which the IBO can actually enact a beneficial change for future exam sessions apart from the lowering of grade boundaries, which is just self-service. Secondly, as a TZ2 Bio HL exam taker, my opinion and that of others on the Reddit discussion thread is that Paper 1 was the real challenge of the exam – an idea not properly expressed in the petition. Whilst mention was made that all the papers were hard, "especially paper 1", without citation of the specific examples that made it hard e.g. unprecedented number of skills, application, and too much analysis unlike any paper in the past – it's rather difficult for the IBO make the necessary change if we don't pinpoint to them the exact issue. Although Paper 2 was also difficult due to the complexity of the data-based question – turtles for TZ1 and auxin plants for TZ2 – I'm not fully convinced that it demands petitioning, but would be happy to hear of a different opinion. Thirdly, I disagree with this statement: "all three papers consisted of a greater difficulty index than past exams". I, my peers in both my school and other schools, as well as what seemed to be the general sentiment on the Reddit P3 Discussion were of the mind that P3 was the easiest of the three papers, and was not of a high level of difficulty at all. It's not an unusual tactic for the IBO to make 2 difficult papers and the third a relatively easier one, or vice versa, in order to achieve the same overall grade boundary (though boundaries for the specific components would obviously differ). Though I could be wrong, my opinion is that P1 and P2 were intentionally made to be difficult, whereas P3 was intentionally made to be easy, so that the overall grade boundary would average out to be the same or similar as in previous years. Grade boundaries for P1 and P2 would likely go down in comparison to M16 or N16, whereas boundary for P3 would go up. This is supported by several comments made by my peers at other schools, as well as on Reddit's P3 discussion that Option C in TZ2 P3 was reportedly so easy that it seemed a good proportion of people having prepared for other Options simply chose to do Option C since it only demanded rudimentary skills and background knowledge. Compounded on the fact that P3 Section A had simple memory recall questions as opposed to heavy application-based questions in the past and you've got yourself quite an easy paper, relatively. Overall, I'm not wholly convinced of the need for the petition. If people found it difficult overall, which people definitely have, their performances will speak for themselves and the IBO will lower the grade boundaries regardless of a petition. I'm happy to discuss opposing arguments but right now I don't see clear justification to the petition as I've outlined above.
  8. My friend who's predicted a high 6 on his BM HL IA used his survey to request both quantitative and qualitative information. That approach should be fine.
  9. That should be about right. Everything from pV=nRT must be measured, and that would give you 3 marks out of 4 at least – dunno your friends' rationale but you've got the right of it.
  10. Paper 3s are also split into TZ1 and TZ2 (TZ2 here). Imo Paper 3 was decent in terms of difficulty for the option, and had slightly easier experimental-based questions. However the data-analysis question in Section A was harder to tackle than in previous years imo. Did Option B Biochemistry. Also from my perspective of the overall difficulties of the Papers for TZ2, my approximate prediction for grade boundaries for level 7 is as follows: Paper 1: 34-40/40 Paper 2: 70-95/95 Paper 3: 33-45/45 IA: 20-24/24 The overall boundary would be about 76 or 77-100(%) overall for a 7. Slightly lower than the 78% during May 2016 as our exams overall were of a harder difficulty, based on people's perspectives from Reddit and friends in other schools. However would about the same boundary as 76% in November 2016 which had an easier Paper 2, but a (slightly) harder Paper 3.
  11. Yeah I remember there were pH calculations: [H+] of NaOH, pKA = 5, another method to determine equivalence point besides titration curve (said indicator change color or something), and pH of a weak acid i cant remember but I got approximately 3.57 (can't remember exact number, but 3.5 something) same as a friend. But if I'm not mistaken, the question after that, which was Question 8, were enthalpy and entropy calculations, as well as determining the temperature at which a given reaction became spontaneous. TZ2 also.
  12. The final enthalpy change was definitely negative, since the equation right before the final enthalpy arrow was electron affinity, which is always exothermic. Enthalpy change of formation you were right in making it positive, but electron affinity must be negative. Not sure about the electrode potential question, I think @45'er has the right of it. I gave a structure that had the 2:3:9 ratio, but I forgot that they all had singlet splitting patterns and my structure didn't conform to that.
  13. Enthalpy calculations. Do you remember any possible answers? I think for the temperature at which reaction becomes spontaneous was a high number, about 900~ or something.
  14. That makes sense.