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  1. I'm not a university student, but I've done a lot of research about UWaterloo. For computer science, they require a minimum 6 in math, that you've taken English A, and have a minimum of 32 points total. So far you meet these requirements. The 7s you have in econ and physics also show your math skills. You will also need to complete a supplementary application called the Admission Information Form (AIF). Basically on the AIF you describe your extracurricular activities, interests in computer science, etc. Here you can discuss your clubs and CS events. If you are applying to co-op, the internship would really help because it shows work experience. You can take a look at some AIF questions here. I don't know of a definitive method of finding your chances of admission, however the computer science program is (somewhat) similar to the software engineering program. Below is a chart showing admission chances by admission average: (I explain how to calculate this below) The admission averages are given in the province of Ontario's grading system. To convert your grades, you can use the table below: In Ontario, universities look at your "top six" grades, which include prerequisites. To start, let's convert your English and math grades: English 5 --> let's say 88%, if it's a 6 --> 94% Math 6 --> 94% In Ontario, math is actually split into 2 separate courses, so we'll say you have two grades of 94% for the two math courses, and a 94% in English. That's three grades. The next three highest grades are your two 7s, which I'll convert to 97% (it's very hard to get over 98 at most Ontario high schools), and a 6, which converts to 94%. Your "top six" grades (four 94% grades and two 97%) give you an admission average of 95%. According to the graph, you would have a 30% chance of admission to software engineering (the blue line). Now keep in mind that software engineering is THE MOST competitive program at UWaterloo. The computer science page on the UWaterloo website says that computer science admits based on individual selection from the low 90s, whereas software engineering selects from the mid 90s. Based on this information I would bump up your chance of admission to at least a 50%. I know this still seems low but competition for international seats is fierce. That said, I am not an expert on UWaterloo admissions, and my grade conversions are estimates. The last thing I have to say is that I don't know very much about the SAT as it is not required by Canadian universities. However, submitting your score provides the university with more information (they encourage it too). I hope I explained everything well. Best of luck for your applications!
  2. Hot because I found this thread thanks to your post showing up in the What's New section
  3. I'm from Ontario, and I have heard that most SL subjects are easier than provincial curriculum. Taking SL math, I've noticed that the content is unnaturally easy; however I'm currently taking MHF 4UW and haven't started calculus yet, I've heard mixed reviews on the difficulty of MCV 4UW. I come from a small school where there is only one option for each of the six subject groups. I've been looking at universities and all of the programs I've scoped out accept SL math as a prerequisite, even though they recommend HL. For those with no choice of IB subjects, SL math has to be acceptable by those universities. That's where I was coming from when I said that SL math was a good choice for future engineering students. That said, I completely understand your perspective on this. HL is what differentiates IB from the provincial curriculum. I definitely would have taken HL math (and IB physics) if I had the option to. As kw0573 said, find what works for you. You've heard from two perspectives, from myself as well as one of the best advisers on IBSurvival. Good luck with your decision, I'm sure your IB counselor will provide you with further guidance. You've got this!
  4. That selection is very good! Many universities recommend HL math and physics, but really that's just because you would be little bit more prepared for their engineering programs. You will still learn everything you need to know at SL. Keep in mind that SL is similar to the "non-IB" curriculum, and most people don't even do IB and they are can be just as successful in university. You made the right choice, besides you would likely get higher marks at SL than at HL which would help with your university application 😉 p.s. Your English grammar is awesome good job 👍. Will you be doing a bilingual diploma? You didn't mention whether your language subjects are A, B, or ab initio.
  5. Sort of... I love physics but it's not offered at IB level at my school ☹️ Next poster isn't writing exams this month
  6. Deep breath. Good? Ok. I know this is long, but I tried to break things up with the quotations. First things first: great job getting a 5 in English and a 6 in Psych. A 4 in French is also pretty good. While these are not "perfect" grades, I would say you're doing well in these subjects, given that they're not directly related to your intended field of study. As for your STEM subjects, maybe you're pushing yourself too hard. If you keep hammering your brain with extra tutoring and online material, that could lead to burnout. Remember, "study smart, not hard." Pace yourself. After a lesson, take five minutes to be sure that you understand the main ideas. If you don't get something, ask a classmate to explain it to you. If your classmates are getting 35-38 points, then they should be able to pass on their understanding to you. Who knows, maybe they even have good study tips? I think it is very ambitious of you to set your sights on university on the UK, but I must say that international studies aren't everything. I used to think that I would only be successful if I went to the US. I looked towards the Ivies: the costs, the acceptance rates, the SAT. While I could push myself through all of that, would I still be happy? Is a US education worth it? I began researching schools in Canada, and discovered the University of Waterloo's reputation for engineering (my intended field of study). I initially thought that Waterloo was a mediocre school, but as I looked more into things, I realized that Waterloo is perfect for me: they offer co-op programs, they're the largest engineering school in the country, and I wouldn't have to move away in order to study there. So again I ask the question: Is a US UK education worth it? I would say no, because if you're leaving for a "better education" in a different country, you're removing talent from your own country. I get that schools in the UK are very prestigious, but isn't your own country awesome too? Be on team Switzerland, just as I'm on team Canada. I suggest that you find your Waterloo. What I mean by that is the local gem that you may be overlooking, because it doesn't top the QS Rankings list. There's one more thing I have to say about the University of Waterloo: they don't care about IB. They don't have preference for IB kids over "regular" ones. Odds are, there's going to be a school in your country that will have the same policy, and maybe dropping out of some IB classes could be beneficial: you'd get higher grades, and you'd be able to take classes that aren't offered at IB level, so you can specialize or explore other interests. You're going to get into university. If you've made it through the application process to get into IB and made it this far, I know that you're strong enough to go down the path that works for you. There you have it. Feel free to PM me anytime if need be. Good luck! ~DiviDivi
  7. 1. What is your real name? [not telling! ;)] 2. Where are you from? Ontario, Canada 3. How did you find out about IB Survival? I don't exactly remember how, but I know that I was looking for information about my then-upcoming years in IB back in grade 9 4. What made you register on IB Survival? I was having trouble deciding if I should do the Extended Essay, and needed to put my question out there (decided not to do it BTW) 5. When did you (approximately) register here? Early February of this year 6. What is your favourite IB subject? Math, but I also love physics, unfortunately my school doesn't offer IB physics so I have to take it at provincial level... 7. When are you graduating? 2020, seems as though high school just came and went 8. What are your plans for university? Engineering, leaning towards civil - UWaterloo has no general first year for Eng students 9. What are your free-time hobbies? Watching too much YouTube, procrastinating, school track and field team, and sleep 10. If you could change one thing on IB Survival, what would it be? I wish there was a larger community and more discussion. The vast majority of accounts on here have made only one or two posts - I assume that most people make an account just to ask their one question, and remain inactive on the site once that question is answered.
  8. Just elaborating: Pre-IB is not an "IB-official" program like MYP, instead it is modelled after the Ontario curriculum. So essentially you're signed up for Academic-level classes. There is very little difference between Pre-IB and Academic, maybe an extra unit added to a course, or an extra assignment that Academic students would not usually do. All the extra stuff that you do in Pre-IB, while it does prepare you for IB in the long run, really makes no difference. In grade 9, there were actually some non-IB students placed in my Pre-IB classes and they fared well. I also found my non-IB classes to be very easy (the open-level electives as well as Academic Geography). I know you're proud of your 87 average right now (which is an awesome grade to start Pre-IB with 👏✌️), but trust me when I say this: you really don't have to worry about your grades now. Canadian universities will only look at grade 12 marks - the exception being if you don't have a certain grade 12 course completed, in which case they will consider the corresponding grade 11 mark. But that's way down the road. Enjoy grades 9 and 10, they're really great. The freedom of being in high school without the concept of university looming over you. Also, don't skip class.
  9. Yeah I was going to say that, but you will likely have to sacrifice the history SL (depending on your school's course offerings). And what major/field of study are you working towards?
  10. What exactly do you want to get into?
  11. Are you sure about taking 2 individuals and societies courses? Most people choose a second science, because it keeps their options open for university.
  12. I think it's too broad. You could try a "to what extent" question, for example, I did my practice IA on "To what extent did Dutch Studies in Japan usher in a new era of science and technology?" You could also add on to your existing question, "What was the significance of the Katyn Massacre to ________?" I'm not the best person to give advice on the history IA, I finished my first semester of HL history at the end of January and am currently studying other IB subjects. I recommend that you post in the History section to get more replies and suggestions.
  13. Just did the survey. Good luck on your IA!
  14. Not the 2nd in 2017, but first in 2019! Next poster either forgot or didn't know that this thread existed.
  15. This thread skipped a year, I'm the first poster in 2019!
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