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    Grade A TOK Essay examining memory as a WOK
  3. You also have to double check with your IB coordinator, on whether or not you can do the EE in Chinese. It may be an issue if you don't actually take Chinese as your Group 1 language, but you can do it for Group 2 subject if you already take Chinese B. If you don't take Chinese as a subject at all, you'll have to really make sure your IB coordinator approves of you doing an EE in a subject the school doesn't offer. (Some IB coordinators have issues with doing EEs in subjects they don't offer; some don't. Doesn't hurt to ask before you find out your final EE is rejected during submission.)
  4. You should research the average SAT scores, and if possible, IB scores that previous successful applicants have had at each uni/college. However, whatever statistic you find does not guarantee you being accepted if you are within the score range; your application also relies on your essays and your extra curriculars etc. Plus, I'd like to add that the definitions of college and university in the US is different to the UK - in the US, a college is solely for undergraduate study (and hence professors are more likely to focus on classes for undergraduates, instead of having TAs teach the class), while university is undergraduate AND graduate (which means professors are most likely to conduct research simultaneously, and therefore means that professors aren't there just to teach.) Seeing as you said you want a liberal arts degree, you're most likely going to go to a liberal arts college, because the philosophy of a liberal arts college is smaller classes with teachers that only focus on undergraduates, as well as having a broad-based education. If you're looking at rankings on whether to apply to a liberal arts college, it is highly unlikely (or at least it was in my experience) to find a liberal arts college that ranks well in world rankings. (Plus, many rankings are worthless considering the amount of scandals around falsifying data to improve college rankings.) Also, keep in mind that the most 'well-known' colleges/universities seem to be those that are older and with graduate research, and beyond US shores it seems to only be the Ivy League unis that are known. (Similar to how Oxbridge seems to only be known outside of the UK.) In my opinion, I think you should research the actual 'atmosphere' of the uni/college, because if you genuinely enjoy a college, you are most likely to learn better and not be miserable. (You should want to avoid transferring universities, because that would mean that you didn't have such a productive first year.) You could look at these aspects, like the number of students, the student-faculty ratio, the drug (or lack of drug) scene, average number of years it takes to graduate, weather etc. to determine how you feel about the colleges. What kind of environment do you learn best in? What kind of environment will allow you to grow the most? Sorry to make these wishy-washy statements, but you don't want to turn up there and hate the place. And if you're considering the 'brand value' of unis/colleges, why don't you look at famous alumni? That could be a good indication of the success graduates have had. Indication being the key word here. I know all uni talks sound the same, but research really is key. Do bear in mind that uni campus guides tend to be the most enthusiastic students on campus, and that any student review is most likely to be someone who had a really good or bad experience with the uni - enough to post it on the internet. Good luck!
  5. IB exams are being marked as we speak, therefore actual IB results have not been released. They won't be released until July 6th. It's most likely that this IB attainment certificate is done by your school so you are given something for graduation.
  6. This is a valid reason. You could even write about this in your Common App essay, if you feel that situation helps answer a Common App question/criteria, or you could write a small sentence in the "Additional Information" section to explain your circumstances. Universities in the States have a more holistic process, therefore you should provide them with a well-rounded image of yourself, and not just as a student. It's all about quality and not quantity, and I could point an example out for you right now: your internship. It may have been a one-off thing, but you learnt lots and it was a great experience. Plus if you do too many ECs, admission officers can tell - it's their jobs to tell. So just do ECs to with writing, communications, social issues and IR to demonstrate your passion for these areas. You still have time, and you still have to finish CAS, so I wouldn't be worried.
  7. Just to reiterate US deadlines: Early Action, Early Decision, Early Decision I*: ~early to mid November Normal Admission, Early Decision II*, Early Evaluation**: ~early January *There IS difference between ED I and ED II. Some universities offer this option, and the only difference between two is that one deadline is earlier than the other, and when you are told of your admission decision. (So if you suddenly like a uni and you feel you MUST attend and you experienced this epiphany on Christmas day, there is still time to apply ED II.) One such example of a uni doing this is Wesleyan. Note that ED is binding and if you are accepted you must go, as opposed to EA (but there is such thing as single EA where you can only apply EA to one school.) **Some universities offer Early Evaluation. This is where you are evaluated as an applicant, e.g. likely, maybe, unlikely, but it's not an official admissions decision. (At least for Wellesley.) Universities tend to get back to you on EE/Early Eval earlier than the normal admission, and the deadline for EE can be earlier than normal admission. As always, check with the specific university for more precise information. Deadlines vary. As for SATs, SAT IIs are not required by all universities. If you want to take the SAT IIs, there's also an option to do languages (with or without listening - with listening is the highly preferred option, and only offered once a year in November), history (world or US) or literature. Unfortunately, there is no business or economics SAT II tests. (Link: http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests) There is an alternative testing method, the ACT, which can replace SAT I AND SAT IIs. (Personally I found ACT better for me, so make sure you test both to see which one you can score best in. Link for helping choose between the two: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/22484-act-or-sat/)
  8. Universities do not care for activities pre-high school, or pre-grade 9. This is shown by the Common App, where you have to select an option to when you participated in your activity, and it only offers grades 9-12, or PG (Post-Graduate). However, take this with a grain of salt, as there is a huge overhaul in the Common App system and it will be different for you when you apply. Also, if you have more than 10 extra curriculars (which I had), then list the most important in the top 10 offered by the Common App, and what I did was to provide an "Additional Information" document that mentioned more minor activities and detailed the most important ones. ("Additional Information" is under the Writing section, after Activities.) As for your extra curriculars for you specifically, the best thing is not to do immense amounts of activities, but for commitment. So if you carried on with volunteering to teach English this summer, you can put down in the Common App that you've done it for Grades 11 and 12. And from what I can glean from your activities, you seem to like to write, so continue to write and do writing- or English-related activities that demonstrate your passion instead of being activities for the sake of looking good. Jobs count as activities; you're able to put them down on the Common App. So do whatever interests you, as you want UPenn to accept you and not some faux-student. (I bet Admission officers can sense authenticity since they read so many applicants, so don't lie about anything. Even if you think you don't have enough extra curics, for example.) P.S. How was the journalism internship? I think that sounds fantastic.
  9. Also, if your SATs are already great, don't spend your life doing SAT prep and do some meaningful extra-curricular activity as well.
  10. Also to add onto that, that are SAT Vocab sets on Quizlet you can use to help with the Reading section, and many of them are public for anyone to use.
  11. Qué formal, jaja. Y qué buen la idea! Me gusta. (Hay otra conversación de español, pero nadie no habla nada desafortunadamente...) Estoy más o menos, acabo de terminar 6 horas de exámenes hoy - español papel 1 y 2, y la química papel 1 y 2. Casi terminado con IB! Solo un día más para yo. Y porque estoy curiosa, qué universidad irás? (Por fa no uses usted, nunca yo la uso.) Y también, cuándo terminarás el bachillerato?
  12. Then you'll have to choose which section it goes under, like are you going to focus on analysing the texts (like your A1/Group 1 language) or look specifically at the cultural aspect? (In my opinion, it sounds like you're doing the cultural aspect.) And then propose it to your supervisor.
  13. Perhaps you should narrow your focus, like how their political view of Majorca has affected their lives. And if it isn't enough, write about another view that may have impacted him as well. Just asking, but what aspect are you putting this under? For Language B EEs, they have to either be: a) about literature written in that language, or b) about a cultural aspect, e.g. someone last year wrote about las corridas and animal rights for her Spanish EE.
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