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  1. Hey Watrs! This really depends on the type of engineering you wish to pursue, and no score can guarantee your admission into a university. American Universities look at multiple aspects of their applicants. Engineering is normally very math oriented so a HL is highly recommended, but it is still possible to get an undergrad degree in engineering with a Math SL course as well. Normally, a score of 6 or 7 is appreciated for HL courses. I hope this helped!
  2. It is totally up to you. If you prefer more challenging questions with more time, SAT is the better option, but if you like easier questions with less time, it is ACT. In my personal experience, doing the SAT questions used up a lot more time than it should have and it was equivalent to an ACT (except with more challenging questions). However, there are a few universities which accept 3 subject SAT tests instead of an SAT or ACT. Since you are interested in Physics and Chemistry, you can do your subject tests in Physics, Chemistry and Math Level 2. Math Level 2 is equivalent to IB Math SL. Chemistry is equivalent to IB HL. I am not too sure about physics. I hope this helped!
  3. Yeah, we don't get good past papers as they are a little different, but on the bright side, Geo is Geo and nobody can change that!
  4. I see. I have done Option D and Option G. I will do the core soon. What is your favourite topic in Geography?
  5. Actually, we might change from Option E to Freshwater. Did you start your course with the core topics? I started with the Options.
  6. Hi Sally, Do you know what optional themes you will be taking for Geography HL? I will be taking the following: Option D Geophysical Hazards Option E Leisure, Tourism and Sport Option G Urban Environments
  7. Hi 007! If you are an International student, getting into good American colleges without high grades will be a little difficult! However, I cannot really say much as different universities have their own acceptance rates. Try to work harder as academics is extremely important. Build up other things as well such as SAT, extracurriculars, etc. I hope I was helpful! Wishing you the best of luck!
  8. Hey valentinallama!! I don't really know your chance of getting into any university in particular, but what I can tell you is that since you are an International student, you should consider Universities in Canada as they do have better acceptance rates. University of British Colombia (UBC) and University of Toronto are really good, but you should research if they have the courses you would want to do. When the question is about extracurriculars, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you are good at it. Coming back to Universities in the USA, don't bother too much on the ranking as there are many colleges in the country! What you need to look out for is if that University is really for you if you think you will fit in. Look at statistics for acceptance rates, percentage of International students, how much aid it gives, etc..... But still go after the Universities which you liked....go to their websites and research further about them..... Try to do your best in academics, but what you should keep in mind is the Universities don't cut off applications based on grades entirely. They look at the whole personality, so extracurriculars will definitely help. Don't get put down because of competition or financial aid....if you apply, you might get financial aid after all.....even if you get rejected, at least you tried....it is better than not trying with the fear of failing...and then regretting it..... If you need anything to ask, feel free to. I wish you the best of luck for IB and the SAT! I hope I was helpful. Have you taken psychology for IB? If so, HL or SL?
  9. Thank you so much! But what if I want to do an AP course in a subject I already take in IB as an HL? Like a subject I have keen interest in? Is it advisable or not?
  10. Hi everybody! I just wanted to know if it is advisable to take AP courses in a certain subject of interest along with doing IB courses in that same very subject. Thank you
  11. Hi Sally! I am also taking Geography HL for my IB. I am not very experienced,but what I can tell you about studying for geography through what I learnt is that it is very important to get the basics right, and for this paying attention in class, writing notes and being attentive is very useful. Giving you a geographical example (about river processes) - without knowing that deposition occurs on the inner bends of meanders, and erosion on the outer bends of meanders, it will be difficult for one to justify the formation of ox-bow lakes. Please let me know if you did not get my example. I hope I was helpful!
  12. I would personally take Norwegian language B at SL since 3 HL subjects are already picked. I also feel that picking Math SL is a better idea than studies.

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