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VeronicaG last won the day on January 5 2018

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  1. I took HL Economics on Pamoja. Pros: I could do the work literally whenever I wanted. I normally did it all on the weekend since I knew I was busy during the week. That sort of flexibility was awesome. Cons: I got a super bad teacher. She really didn't care at all about her online class and it showed in the way she interacted, marked and gave feedback. I probably taught myself 95% of the content because she never bothered to post any lessons or any resources. Whenever a live lesson was posted, the timing never worked out for me. Also, group projects are a pain when the members are in far away places like Canada, the UK, New Zealand, etc. It's really easy to get away with doing absolutely no work in a group. I've definitely submitted my fair share of 'group' projects solo. Honestly, I think the class gave up when they saw how disengaged the teacher was. However, I would definitely recommend Pamoja and I was still able to get a pretty great score. It all comes down to how motivated you are!
  2. 95 is actually on the lower end now, unless you have higher than average extra curriculars to support that. A safe average is probably 97+ Extra curriculars can be anything. These include school clubs, community volunteering, sports teams, employment, academic contests, internships, etc. A lot of comp sci students now have significant programming knowledge (I've heard of 10 people who built apps or games with 5000+ downloads) or excelled in the Canadian Computing Contest and the Euclid Math Contest. Whatever you do, stand out in it
  3. I go to Waterloo. They don't care much about IB. For computer science, all you need are insanely high marks and really good extra curriculars. Just taking IB classes won't make you stand out at all if you're sacrificing your grades and extra curriculars to do it. It's your choice to decide whether to take IB or not. If you like the structure and the classes, then by all means go for it. Just don't pick IB solely for the reason of getting into university
  4. Your courses look fine for any science/nursing pathway in Canada (which would kinda be pre-med I guess). I'd suggest taking physics over summer school just to get familiar with it for the MCAT or university courses.
  5. This is something that you should look into for each university. I know some are ok with SL subjects (like in Canada) while others want all relevant courses to be HL (which I think some UK universities do)
  6. Hi! I’m studying biomedical engineering right now (which is kinda similar to bioengineering) so maybe I can help. I strongly encourage you to look into where you want to study and what the course requirements to get in are. They can vary from around the world so it’s good to be prepared! You will almost definitely need Physics and Math for engineering, so it’s good that you have it. I’ve also seen Chem AND Bio being really important for bioengineering, depending on the university. You will basically HAVE to take 2 science and math for engineering. That’s just what’s required to get in and succeed in university. If you think IB is too hard with 2 science and math, then you will find engineering even harder. If you work hard and stay on top of your classes you can do really well!
  7. Pamoja! It’s an online service for taking IB classes. They have a decent selection of Group 3 courses. I’d ask your coordinator if Pamoja is a viable option. It can get a little pricey though. I took Economics and I really enjoyed it
  8. I definitely think you have a chance at those universities. I would strongly recommend improving Math and Physics though. Engineering courses are much more difficult than SL
  9. Technically, you're not in IB yet. That starts in Grade 11. Grade 9 and 10 is very similar to the normal provincial curriculum but sped up a little more with slightly harder projects. I would suggest doing it for a couple years if you want a more enriched environment with more motivated peers. If you decide not to commit to full IB you can always switch. Universities don't care about marks til Grade 12 anyway so you have time to experiment
  10. 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
  11. You absolutely do need chemistry to get into engineering. Taking a night or online course is probably your best bet.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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!
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