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  1. English A1 HL - 6 Biology HL - 6 Chemistry HL - 7 Mathematics SL- 7 History SL - 7 French B SL - 7 (Last year) History EE - A TOK - A Total: 43 Pretty happy, a little disappointed about Bio, but I ended up matching my predicted total. (Though I was predicted 6 in math and 7 in bio.) Anyways, going to U of T Life Science next year. Congratulations May 2010 candidates!
  2. I believe that section B is actually worth 38 points. It's 36 points of content (18 per question), and then at the top it says that an additional two points are available for the structuring of your answer. (Not sure how they mark that, exactly.) Also, quick question about TZ1 Section A: what was the pattern of inheritance for the traits Aa Bb and Cc? I said something about them being linked genes, but I don't know if that's what the question was asking.
  3. Sponge123

    History IA

    I would go so far as to say that it is one of the best possible approaches to take. My history teacher told us that the IA should be done on something from the syllabus, because it will give you an advantage going into the exam.
  4. Sponge123

    History IA

    I also did my IA on China, and though I can't give you a research question, I can give you some tips on how I came up with mine. First, focus on a specific time period/event (Great Leap, Civil War, etc.) Do a lot of background reading on that subject area before you pick your research question. I didn't pick my research question until very late, but since I had such an in-depth knowledge of the topic from all of my pre-research, picking the question wasn't so hard, and once I had one, I already had most of the info that I needed. I find that "To what extent..." is the best way to start any research question; since history is not clear-cut in its answers, this kind of question allows you to make an argument while still taking into account other factors that might contradict what you're saying. Hope this helps.
  5. Echoing what was said above, evaluating different perspectives is a must for a high grade. I compared two fundamentally opposing perspectives, analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of both (since you evaluate sources in part C, you should focus on criticizing the argument itself in part D more than evaluating why the argument might be weak), and then synthesized these viewpoints with the evidence from Part B in order to come up with my final conclusion. Echoing what was said above, evaluating different perspectives is a must for a high grade. I compared two fundamentally opposing perspectives, analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of both (since you evaluate sources in part C, you should focus on criticizing the argument itself in part D more than evaluating why the argument might be weak), and then synthesized these viewpoints with the evidence from Part B in order to come up with my final conclusion.
  6. Looking forward to exams with a mixture of dread and anticipation. One down already, French B SL. As for assignments, my school is pretty good at spreading out the workload, so we've already done our English A1 HL IOP, all of French, drafts of our History IA and TOK Essay (as well as TOK presentations,) our Type 1 Math SL IA, Group 4 project and some labs. The year ahead will be pretty tough, but manageable thanks to getting all of this out of the way in IB1.
  7. Hello This is sort of a multi-faceted question, but I think it fits in this sub-forum. I'm starting IB2 next week, and have been consulting with my coordinator about possibly switching from History SL to HL. This would give me 4 HLs and 2SLs. I would still be in the SL class, and do independent study on the regional (Americas) topics. The only reason I am planning on doing this is for university-app boosting. I'm currently predicted a 7 at SL, and since I'm applying to Harvard, I want to present myself as accepting a very tough course load (4 HLs as opposed to 3), and having 3 7s at HL as opposed to 2. Anyways, my questions are whether 4 HLs are appreciably more difficult to handle than 3, especially considering that some of it is independent. Also, is it worth the extra time and the possibility of getting a lower final? Do universities really care about this, or am I wasting my time? Thanks in advance for your advice
  8. Thanks for the vote of confidence, I hope that I can get some real success this year in my ECs.
  9. Critical Reading- 800 Math- 770 Writing- 770 Total- 2340 I'm doing the SATs purely in hopes of getting into a reach school (Ivy League). If I don't get accepted into any, I'll probably go to the University of Toronto up here in Canada. Anyway, with this score, what are my odds of making it into an Ivy school? I'll be taking SAT IIs in the fall (Bio M, Chem, and a currently undecided third test.) If everything goes as expected next year (just finished IB I and basing it on that), I should be submitting a 43 or 44 predicted IB score, with 6-7-7 at HL. I do a fairly wide range of extracurriculars, with specific dedication to MUNs and debating. I'm worried because I haven't achieved any really high level of recognition, like national recognition, in any of my ECs, and I've heard that with increasing competition for Ivy League spots, you need this level of achievement to stand a chance. Also, I don't really fulfill any minority status (white male, parents with university educations) so I won't be filling any quotas. So with all of that taken into account, what do you guys think my chances are of making it into an Ivy school? (Likely applying for Harvard, Yale and Columbia.) Thanks in advance
  10. French B SL 7 I thought I was going to get a 6 for sure, really happy that it turned out this way.
  11. Hello I wrote my History IA on the role of China's economic crisis on the downfall of the KMT during the Chinese Civil War. I know that I can't do the same topic (obviously) for the IA and EE. However, how different do they have to be? I talked to my history teacher and he said that there would be no problem if I did something like American intervention in the Chinese Civil War (Marshall, Stilwell, etc.) for my EE. I just want to double check if this is okay, as I would be pretty screwed if the IB thought otherwise. So do your IA and EE have to be on completely different topics or is it acceptable to choose the same war (Chinese Civil War) as long as two different facets are examined? Thanks in advance. Roman
  12. Although I admit that I have not read it yet, I've heard great things about Paris, 1919, if history's your thing. Also, my TOK teacher is a fan of "The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire."
  13. Sorry for the double post, I'm technologically challenged so I can't figure out how to edit my previous post. The "Los Angeles, vendredi le 15 mai 2009" should not come directly after the name, but on the opposite side of the page and one line up. Sorry.
  14. Yes, this is true. It's important to know the formats. I'll share the ones that I can remember off hand. For a formal letter, esp. applying for a job, you put the address in the top left hand corner (1st line name of recipient, second line title of recipient, third line place of work, fourth line address, fifth line city and province/country, sixth line postal code.) On the top right, you write the city you're writing in, followed by a comma, and then the date with no commas. Example. John Smith Los Angeles, vendredi le 15 mai 2009 Head of Marketing Main Street Bank 1 Main Street New York City, New York ABC 123 XYZ You then sign off with a formal conclusion like (veuillez recevoir, monsieur le directeur, mes sentiments respectueux) and sign and print your name (one on top of the other) You can then put in the bottom left hand corner p.j. CV, which basically means you've attached your resume. Never use cher in a formal letter. Some sources say you need a letterhead for this, with the name of the company, but I'm not one hundred percent sure how to. For an informal or personal letter, you put the date in the top right hand corner like before, and in the top left write cher maman or whoever. Sign off with an informal phrase like grosses bises or a bientot (bottom right), depending on the context. Then sign your name one line underneath (bottom left.) These are two where format is really particular. I'll try to add some more later. Also, are you just looking for the physical formatting of the page, or also the phrases that are used in each type of composition as well?
  15. I've gone to 8 MUN assemblies over the past three years, mostly local ones but one at Harvard, and I have had nothing but positive experiences. They have definitely been worth missing school for. IMO, they would look impressive on university applications, especially if you win any awards for best delegate, and they do wonders for improving both public speaking skills and knowledge of current affairs. I definitely suggest getting involved; as for the workload, it really depends on how prepared you want to be. I usually print off some info the night before, and spend an hour or two writing up a foreign policy paper, but nothing over the top.

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