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  1. It's a really personal choice in my opinion. Some people do really well in the IB system because the learning style is different, whereas others prefer the provincial system. I'm guessing that health science program is Mac Health Sci? In that case, all you need is a 90+ which is not impossible in IB (a minimum of a mix of 5s and 6s). If you know for sure you don't want to do Year 2 IB, Year 1 might still be worth it. That's because you'd be used to the harder difficulty of IB courses and will have great study habits because of it, so if you go to the provincial system you might have an advantage in some courses. I also did IB in Ontario and know a lot about the uni admission process. Drop me a message if you have questions
  2. Umm maybe it's a school policy? Because I was in a similar situation (didn't like history, took economics online) and my school actually encouraged it. We don't even have an IB economics teacher at my school, so the course was never cancelled so I think that's a weird excuse. It could also be about cost. My online course was very expensive so perhaps the school doesn't want to pay or they don't want to register since it might be a hassle. You can maybe ask your coordinator again, but if it doesn't work out I'd say study what you like, even if it's not in the IB program.
  3. In Canada, dentistry is a post-grad pathway. You need another university degree before you go to dentistry school. There's a lot of requirements to get in, and a lot of required biology courses. You would probably want to get into a life science undergrad program here since you'll have enough room to take all the required classes for dentistry. Most would require biology for admission, so you'll have to do some research to find a suitable program.
  4. Awww thanks! The official requirements from international IB applicants are listed here for engineering (note: I picked a random engineering program but they all have the same requirements) and here for computer science. The 'relevant' courses I was talking about were the prerequisite courses (so math, physics, chem, English). They do not care if you know programming or not before coming UNLESS YOU'RE APPLYING TO SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (which requires previous in-depth knowledge of programming). However, I would highly recommend learning how to code in your spare time, since that'll be helpful in first year and will also make it easier to get a co-op job. As for the ACT, I would submit it anyways. It's not mandatory per se, but helpful especially for international applicants.
  5. If you're going into engineering, you'll have to do 4+ years of hard math anyways. Might as well get used to the difficulty now with HL Math instead of being underprepared with SL (not to mention most 'good' schools won't accept you with just SL Math). If you have the option of HL, take it. Most of what you're hearing is probably just rumours. If you're 100% sticking with SL Math, start doing your research now as to what schools you can get into. Canadian unis take either SL or HL Math, so maybe consider some top universities there.
  6. Hey fellow Canadian 1) Technically that goes against the IB course selection 'rules'. Usually you can only take a max of 2 sciences (as a group 4 and elective). If your school has permission to grant an irregular IB diploma (aka ignore the course selection rules), then you may be able to take all 3 sciences. Find your IB coordinator and ask. If you can't take all three, I recommend taking summer school or online classes to get the missing science credits. I took physics in summer school for this reason. Or, see if you can take an introductory science course in university. I know for many life science programs in Ontario, they offer a beginner course in physics or something. Some universities don't require all three sciences for admission, which is why they have the university intro courses. The other option is to just not do IB, but more on that later. 2) Obviously this depends on the answer to question 1. I'd say stick with what you're good at to get a higher mark. You can always take the classes in university so don't put so much stress on high school course selection. You're next question is reallllly good and I suggest you take a long, hard look at your goals for this. In Canada, life science is fairly easy to get into, usually around a low 80-low 90 admission average depending on the school. For most schools, IB does not give any significant admission advantage because admissions revolve around grades and in rare cases, extra curriculars. It does not matter if you take IB or not from an admission standpoint, so instead decide based on your interests and how much freedom you want when it comes to course selection.
  7. The University of Waterloo gives very little (if any) weight to total points. They prefer to see your relevant individual course grades for the program you're applying to. For computer science and most engineering programs, you'll need 6s or 7s to get in.
  8. Nice to see another aspiring biomedical engineer here!!! What schools are you looking at, and what are their admission requirements? In Canada at least, every engineering program requires chemistry and physics, so I think that's your best option. To my knowledge only a few schools require bio for biomedical engineering, so it's possible to be accepted without it. You can can also look at taking a biology course over the summer/online from your local school board of bio is required. That's what I did with physics.
  9. It's possible to take those courses online, but they're often pretty expensive. Ask your coordinator about Pamoja education: My school also didn't offer Econ but I took it online and I really enjoyed it!
  10. What university is this and for what program? In general it's not a bad thing to drop out of IB in Canada. The provincial curriculum is more than enough to get into a program, and I you need a 90 to get in then you should definitely put your efforts towards reaching that, in IB or otherwise. However just make make sure you are 100% sure about dropping out. IB can really prepare you for first year, while the provincial curriculum might not prepare you for the difficulty of assignments that you'll see in uni. It's nice to be well prepared, but again it's not make it or break it for uni. In the end, your goal of getting into that program should take precedence. Make the choice that's right for you.
  11. My grade 9 average was 10% higher than grade 8. I guess I went to a harder middle school... Pre-IB really isn't too much harder than the provincial level. You might have to put in slightly more work, but keeping or improving your average is possible
  12. Since vitamin c is just ascorbic acid, you could do a titration and determine the concentration through redox equations. A common experiment is to add starch to juice and add iodine until a colour change occurs. Perhaps ask you chem teacher if this is an appropriate path to follow?
  13. I'm in engineering in Canada and I can safely say that IB kids had only a very small advantage in engineering classes. If you think you can do better in a provincial level class, by all means please follow the path to higher marks. However I'd recommend talking to your coordinator about this decision too. It's possible that your marks can go up in Year 2 and maybe it's just a matter of different study skills or more practice with material. Dropping an IB course is non-reversible, so make sure you're certain about leaving.
  14. Yes, a girl from my class went from Canada -> England halfway through. The only issue was that she had to change some of the levels of her classes in order to fit with the other school's course offerings
  15. I'm from a neighbouring district (actually Turner Fenton is like 30 minutes from my high school) and basically pre-IB is handled like normal high school. Your school will likely pre-register you in your required courses, and electives are at a non-IB level so that's all you gotta pick. If you're concerned about the delay, perhaps call the school but for the most part you got nothing to worry about