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  1. Canadian universities do accept IB certificate as far as I’m aware. If you also have a transcript from your local school district that’ll help too. The only issue would be whether your marks are high enough. Some universities like UBC and Queens have very high cutoffs for certain programs. I would contact an admissions officer officer at some of the Canadian universities you’re interested in to find out more information
  2. You absolutely do need chemistry to get into engineering. Taking a night or online course is probably your best bet.
  3. A pre-IB test is not something officially done by every IB school so it must be your high school who made it. We can't really help with that, but treat it like a typical test and try to stay calm and focused
  4. Based on those course codes, are you from Alberta? If you're having a lot of trouble and are sacrificing too much, drop it if at all possible. Maybe your school is collecting fees which makes it hard to drop, but getting your parents involved might speed up that process. My school got $2k a person for IB and has one of the highest fees in the province (Ontario). Obviously they hated it when someone tried to drop. The Albertan curriculum is hard enough on its own so you're not any less if you don't take IB. Most universities in Canada also don't put any significant weight on IB classes, so post-secondary success isn't directly related to taking those IB classes.
  5. Canadian Graded 10 French is still learning the basics of the language. You learn a few more verb tenses and get vocab sheets before going into a new unit. Speaking presentations are far from perfect and are often scripted. IB French assumes you can be dropped off in a French speaking country and be fine. There is very little emphasis on learning the fundamentals but instead it focuses on improving French and progressively reading more complex adult literature. You gotta be able to read passages with no vocab sheets to prep you, speak on command and for several minutes, and write long responses to questions. There is no English anywhere in the course
  6. I too struggled in French because it differed so much from the provincial French classes (in my case, Ontario). I was getting like 3s and 4s while half my class would fail tests. This is just something you gotta grind through and work with. My teacher just went head first and taught the content as hard as she could, because babying us would be a bad idea for the French B exams. Eventually through the constant exposure we were able to pull up our marks, and everyone passed with many of us getting 6s (no 7s though). Work on vocab and grammar as much as you can. The more the better!
  7. I'm assuming you're only applying to life/health science. U of T, McGill, Western and McMaster are only grade based for their life and medical science programs. Once you are above the cutoff, you're in. Volunteer hours and extra curriculars play no role and are not seen. Mac Health Sci has an extra form, but it's just problem solving questions. You need a mid-high 80 to get into science, with the exception of McMaster Health Science (90+) and Western Medical Science (92+). IB Certificate isn't something special and only your Ontario grades will be used in admission. McMaster Health Sci is by far the best undergrad program in Canada for getting into med and dentistry school. The averages are inflated to give the students a better chance at getting in. After that, all of the science programs are the same, so consider other factors such as cost, atmosphere and on campus opportunities when making your decision.
  8. Yes, if you're looking in Canada. I got in with SL Chem, SL Math ad summer school physics. That's like the bare minimum for consideration
  9. In Canada, the difficulty of the courses you take are not part of the admission decision. As long as you take the right courses and get high enough marks, you can get admitted. However, it's a very smart idea to take HL subjects in the prerequisite courses you need since you'll know more coming into university
  10. That's so hard to answer. They are probably equally hard but it depends on the university
  11. Varies by person. If you're motivated enough to do the homework and study, there's the potential to really do well and maintain your current marks
  12. It depends on what you want to 'design'. Designing a circuit board is an electrical engineering job, a luxury car designer might be a mechanical engineer, and someone making a powered exoskeleton for paralyzed patients might be a mechatronics engineer. Normally it doesn't matter, since mechanical and mechatronics both cover 3D computer design and understand how to apply physics to design
  13. Not sure if this varies by school, but my university has both and they are kinda different. Mechanical is engineering for anything that moves. It's incredibly versatile and an important factor in manufacturing, design, automotive, medical devices, etc. They learn a lot of physics and CAD skills. Mechatronics is the integration of mechanical, electrical and software engineering. You typically think of robots or Iron Man suits, but really a mechatronics engineer can work in any industry that a mechanical, electrical or software engineer can work in. Normally people specialize in one aspect and the others just complement that knowledge. The benefit is that you would understand how everything works together when building or designing something. Some schools offer a minor or specialization in mechatronics that you can add to a mechanical degree. It's not too much extra work but you would know more about electrical and software than a typical mechanical engineer. Otherwise, see if you can take electrical classes as a mechanical engineering student to build that knowledge yourself
  14. Depends on where you want to study. Every Canadian engineering school will need to see chemistry as one of your courses, for example, if you want to get in. I believe most American schools are alright with you missing chem, but you might have to take a chem course in uni to make up for it.
  15. Canadian universities do take certificates from Canadian students, so they might take them from international students as well. It would be ideal to take Diploma but I understand if that's not possible for you right now. If you're in doubt, contact the schools you are interested in to see how they evaluate international IB students. Since your target programs are not super competitive I don't think they'll have an issue with it