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  1. If you like math and are prepared to work, I don't see why not. The best barometer is essentially measuring yourself up to current competition. I was probably slightly better than average against the general population at math–maybe 60th percentile, and I did okay in HL. I was below-average among the kids in HL, but there's no shame in that. The thing about math HL is not that the concepts are extremely difficult, they are difficult, but what gives it its notorious reputation is that IB demands that kids fully understand the underlying concepts. You get a lot of tricky questions come externals (finals), stuff that really tests if your knowledge is strong in the abstract and in practice. In terms of workload, I mean obviously IB math will take time, but it's just habitual work that isn't bad or annoying. Any other math class you take will also have lots of homework, so it's really not that bad. Oh, and the Math IA sucks. Everyone hates it. Even my math genius friends who like math hated it. **** it. But we got through it–Hell, I got through it–so you certainly can too. (Also, if you're planning to go to school in the states, don't worry about Math HL from a points standpoint, because your scores won't matter. You'll get a bunch of credit for Calc BC which is ridiculously easy compared to IB)
  2. Assuming that the OP doesn't speak English "natively", many kids at international schools have spoken English in school all their lives and thus pretty much have a "native" level, to the point where it's indistinguishable that it's not there A1 (and you really could argue that due to the frequency and young age at which they learnt it, it is a native language). Even then, OP might be below native level, but could still be ready for a language A class. I'm not arguing that one needn't have a really good grasp of a language to take a Literature A course; I'm just saying that a lot of kids from around the world do speak English extremely well as a "second" language.
  3. I don't have any samples, but I'd suggest that taking a past paper, writing your own analysis, and then reading marker's general comments on the paper is probably the best practice you can get. Also, if you haven't, please read some of the pinned threads at the top. They feature some really good tips and people took a lot of time to write them, and they will help you score highly.
  4. If labeled as as a figure or table, it will not be counted. Though I and many other people are happy to answer general questions of this type, they are also addressed in the EE Handbook so it might be faster to look through that then waiting nine days on IB Survival. Cheers.
  5. You've really got a lot of material on your hands with that question. Probably, you'll be interested by one event in particular and focus on that, and maybe even narrow down to that. If you feel like you can perform analysis with something this large, fine, but my mind immediately flew to a bunch of different issues that could be covered under this, and that could indicate you're biting off more than you can chew.
  6. Haha, no, there's even a WhatsApp group chat in Spanish. If you send @nicolech00 a pm, she'll add you to the group. My essay was on black civil rights in the U.S. right before WWII.
  7. In this situation I'd recommend using the textbook's primary source citation but then adding a note to the end of the citation "as cited in ..." and just provide the name and maybe ISBN of your secondary source. MLA actually does have an official style for this type of citation but I can't remember it. Whatever you do, I don't think examiners will mind.
  8. Everybody's free to pursue his dreams, but I'd consider reevaluating if you're aiming for a 45 for the sake of getting a 45.
  9. Hola, muy buenas. Bienvenido al foro. To be honest, if you've already written it, save yourself the trouble of worrying. I can almost guarantee you won't fail if you put in an honest effort and so then it's just a question of a a point or two on your score for the diploma. It's not worth rewriting for that. Also, examiners would be less understanding if you had written a Music EE of Mozart's compositions and submitted it as history, but they'll be more forgiving with something like this where the topics have a bit of overlap. I will say that analyzing specific people's intentions, historical events, and changes are all part of any good history essay. Analyzing a legal text can be a great supplement to a history essay (I had a fair amount of legal analysis in mine), but it can not be the only thing. You should ideally try to have one or more of the following: put it into context, explain it's effects, and opine on how/why it came to be, focus on events themselves/not just court proceedings, etc. You're probably fine. Try not to worry too much. Suerte y saludos.
  10. Historians are generally extremely cautious in regards to speculating about proper diagnoses for historically misunderstood diseases, and would be even less willing to speculate on a figure's mental health. It's not uncommon to write an analysis positing a motive for an irrational/evil action of a historical figure (an analysis of motives for Operation Barbarossa or U.S. engagement in Vietnam are two different examples that come to mind as extremely common/bordering on overdone). But, that being said, they never attempt to use any psychological theories or teachings. Partially because of what I said above, but also IB does not permit it. They are clear that they do not like interdisciplinary EE's and you will be severely marked down. Good question though. It's certainly better to find out now than later. Explore those other ideas. Good luck.
  11. It's up to you. I haven't read either book. One book or two books; both are good, though each has different approaches and techniques though. Do whatever you think will be easier and that you'll be able to offer better analysis on. And lastly, I know you didn't ask about this, but don't do three or more books.
  12. Yeah, your general idea is good. I think "parallel" is a good way to phrase it. "Parallel" lets you talk about similarities, juxtapositions, metaphors, symbolism, allegory, etc. Once you've finished your essay, you can always slightly change the wording and/or ask for the opinions of others on your title.
  13. There won't be many people on here who have done a Film EE because it's relatively uncommon. If you don't get a response, I'd suggest posting this on because there's a better chance that someone that did a Film EE will see it on there. As an unqualified person to answer this though, I think it's great. You can talk about the significance of setting/non-setting in the movies.
  14. extended essay

    Some people cite it as only the original source, whereas others will cite it clearly noting that they took it from Wikipedia (MLA has rules for such citations). Personally, if you can reasonably verify that what Wikipedia quotes is an actual, legitimate quote and you know the page number then I'd just cite the original source.
  15. I would comment, but I'm afraid I honestly don't know what you mean. I haven't read Of Mice and Men though. Unless the "world" talks to characters in the book and the characters talk back, I'm not sure what you're saying.