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  1. engineering

    I STRONGLY encourage Math HL. As someone who was forced into SL, I struggled significantly in university engineering. If I had the choice I'd take HL in a heartbeat. This fear of doing poorly is unreasonable. You're looking into programs with some of the hardest math content offered (comp sci/engineering has a ton of hard math). You need to be comfortable with hard math or else you'll really struggle to finish a comp sci degree. Taking HL is a good way to test whether you like math, and you can always drop back to SL if things get tough
  2. I think a part time job is more than doable in IB. I had a weekend job with flexible hours for all 4 years of high school and that money really helped with university. I never felt like I had no time to study, but I also had almost no extra curriculars so I had time to spare. Half my class had a job and still managed good grades. One girl worked 25 hours a week and pulled off a 41. If you think you can handle it, go for it! I'd suggest looking for a job with more flexible hours so you can study more during mocks and exams
  3. Depends on where. Many Canadian schools don't require chem for computer science. Google university requirements
  4. Haven't applied to U of T but familiar with it. Look at your offer letter. There's going to be a condition you need to satisfy to keep your offer. It varies by the program you applied to. They don't care about how much you drop from predicted but you do need to meet the minimum requirements. If not, call the admissions office and ask about ways to make up for it
  5. I'm from the same school region You should absolutely take SL Math if you're planning on biology for university. SL is even slightly easier than the Grade 12 Ontario courses for advanced functions and calculus. If you work hard and study often, you can probably get a good score (screw your teacher who is promising that you'll get a mediocre mark). You really can't get anywhere with math studies unless you're going into arts As for french, I found the teacher really does a good job with teaching grammar and my abilities improved by a lot. The ab initio Spanish course moves very quickly and you'll need to know grammar for Spanish before exam times. Pick the course you'll be most interested in
  6. Med schools in Canada and the States require a university degree to apply to them. It's not direct entry from high school. Go with the subject choice you like more, then look into undergrad programs in these countries. You'll probably want to look for science programs, but you can apply to med school with almost any degree Edit: if med school is the dream, don't come to North America
  7. Was predicted 45/45 at some point I think... didn't last long though. I honestly don't think it's worth it (in my opinion anything above 43 is godly and can get you pretty far) Was it hard? Oh hell yea. My mental health was in a pretty bad spot, I didn't have a social life, rarely saw my family and was just super miserable. Eased up a bit in my last year of IB I think it depends on your intelligence and the courses you take. Don't worry about getting perfect immediately after starting IB. Hell don't worry about your score that much at all as long as it's enough for your post secondary pathway. Stress isn't worth it Edit: one more thing to add. After being out of IB for a year, there's no lasting prestige. No one will care what your IB score is after a year, and it will not dictate your success. I'd much rather put energy into a hobby or skill that lasted a lifetime than into some special high school program
  8. Many Canadian universities don't put IB on a pedestal. Some like to see IB students (UBC) and others literally do not care at all (Waterloo). If you do IB it's because you genuinely like learning advanced topics in different subjects, because the benefit for applying to universities in this country is very small. Can't speak for other countries.
  9. Definitely start by looking at required courses to get into university for architecture. I think it's a good idea to take physics (and some architecture schools require it). Is there no way to take it at SL? Enjoying classes is also very important, but you don't want to finish 2 hard years of IB just to realize you don't have the courses to get into uni, or that your course selection put you at a disadvantage.
  10. For Canadian universities, I would suggest HL math but a high score in SL can be fine. Some computer science programs here require physics so you should probably research which schools require that and decide if it's worth dropping Bio. As for economics/commerce there's hardly any prerequisites so you should be alright with that course selection
  11. Since you're taking Math SL I would stay away from Physics HL. SL might be fine. Bio and chem do overlap in some parts and they work well together. I took both of those and really enjoyed it. Bio is a lot of memorizing, chem is more applying formulas. If you do take bio and chem, your schedule would be really similar to mine (except for ab initio language). I found it easily manageable.
  12. Speaking for Canada here Queens: very iffy. Queens commerce is arguably the best business program in Canada and all they care about is your essays (grades don't matter after you meet the cutoff). U of T: probably decent, if on the low end. UBC: Your grades will likely be pretty low compared to everyone else but they really love seeing good extra curriculars. Small chance there McGill: again your grades are very low compared to what they want Some other good Canadian business schools: Western Ivey school of business (apply for AEO status) Waterloo Accounting and Financial Management Schulich School of Business (they offer an International Business degree too which is really cool) Laurier Business Administration
  13. If you pull your grades up to 5s and 6s you'll probably get into most of all of your Canadian schools. UBC and queens will be the hardest. Canadian schools: -don't care about any grades except for senior year (except ubc) -don't care about extra curriculars (except ubc) -have very low grade cutoffs for the arts
  14. Yup that's right (but you can still major in Comp Sci without chem). US admissions are outside my area of expertise, but you can google it yourself.
  15. If you want to do engineering in Canada, you need Grade 12 chemistry. Even if it's software. Computer science is very similar and does not require chem in most cases. There's some really good comp sci programs in Canada too