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  1. Okay, this question is not too related to IB, but I am doing the IB, and I will soon need to decide which of the exams to take. Both SAT and ACT are very similar, but at the same time, they are quite different. I hope some of you guys could help me out. Which one should I take? Here are some facts which will most probably influence the decision. I am not terribly bad at reading, but I do not like it. I am not too good at writing + I do not like it. I am good at math + I like it. (I am also fine with non-calculator questions) I would want to do tests from Physics and Chemistry. (I want to be a chemical engineer, so that's why) I am not too slow, but I would be glad for more time for the exam. Of course, I want to somehow prepare for the exams, but I do not plan deep, hard studying of the topics. If you need more details, feel free to ask me. I will be happy for any answers! Thank you for the help!
  2. So I'm in my junior year of IB and I'm currently taking IB Bio SL and IB Physics SL. I'm planning on taking the Biology E/M and Maths 2 subject tests on June 2 (the day after the last day of school for me) which I'm fairly sure I'll do fine on considering I've taken bio in both freshman year and this year. However, I'm not sure whether or not I should take the physics subject test. So far this year, I've been doing kind of mediocre in the class, I guess – around high B's and low A's on average. It's pretty inconsistent, actually, since some units I'll do really well on whereas others I'll completely fail. There's rarely any in-between. I don't think physics is exactly my forte, though I really do enjoy the class. I'm planning on applying for nursing programs/neuroscience (biology if neuroscience isn't available) major in university, so I don't think colleges are going to care much for my physics subject test score considering I've already got a Bio E/M test score to submit. Is it worth it for me to take the physics subject test? Am I prepared by taking the IB Phys SL course? EDIT: For that matter, am I prepared for the Biology E/M subject test through IB Bio SL and IH Biology?
  3. Hello, For my second attempt at the SAT, I did amazing in the main SAT but did extremely bad in the Essay. My superscore is 1520, but my Essay scores are 6/5/7 (attempt 1) and 6/3/6 (attempt 2). Will this affect my chances too much? Thanks.
  4. Help me, please! Background: Asian Country: Japan School type: Japanese IB school IB predicted grades English B HL- 7 Japanese A HL- 6 Economics HL- 7 Math SL- 7 Biology SL- 6 Theater SL - 6 TOK/EE - 2 Total: 41/45 SAT I: Math 710 Reading/writing 610 Total: 1320 (Taking it again and it will probably be around 1400 or so) TOEFL: 103 Extracurriculars - Market research on local donut market in Japan - Started economics club at school (Also posting videos on YouTube) - Doing an interpreter at business conferences - National business competition (20/650) - Scholarship program (10/1750 applicants) - Brown pre-college program - Swimming for 13 years (10th place in Japan) - Volunteer work in Fiji - Student government (vice president) - band Major: Economics Choices Ivy league Stanford NYU All UC schools University of Michigan University of Virginia Northwestern University Boston College Yale-NUS Any advice and tips??
  5. Mine is 40-45. I know 45 is aiming crazy high. But its my dream score after all. I dont mind anything, as long as its in the 40s. 45 is just perfect to be honest. I WIIIIISH. Lol How about you?
  6. Guys, I am in a hurry. I was doing my application for IE University in Segovia to take a dual bachelor of Law and Business Administration, when I "stumbled" in the admission tests. They require either the IE Admission test or other as SAT, LNAT, CAS or ACT. The Cambridge Assessment Test (CAS) includes those Language tests like the First (FCE), the Advanced and the Proficiency, right? Because I have done my First (FCE) Exam and if it does count, then I must use it as I haven't done any of these. Could anyone who knows or has been confronted with these admission tests explain help me? If I am not able to upload my FCE result, then can you explain to me how can I do one of the other exams and am I still on time? Really I need fast answers! Thanks in advance, Richard
  7. Hi! I take math studies, indicating that I absolutely don't want to study anything that has to do with math after graduating from the IB. However, I'm considering to apply to the US so I want to do the "standard" SAT tests (math & English). Some people say that the math is way too hard for math studies students to manage, while others say that the math is simple enough for basically anyone to get a good grade in. Does anyone have any experience with SATs? Can you get a good score even if you're in math studies? Help pleaseee!
  8. Hi guys, I recently got back my SAT scores. It's a bit upsetting if I'm being honest. I got 1320/1600 which is equivalent to 1850/2400 in the old SAT. My highest I have ever gotten in my old SAT is 1860. I've taken the SAT 4 times already and that seems to be my highest point. I know it's not very good. I'm usually better in English so I find it very odd that it was my English scores that failed me and my math that saved me in my new SAT considering how bad I am in math. To put it into comparison, my old SAT math was 590/800 whereas my new one is 650/800 (in old SAT standards) I don't want to take the SAT again because i heard that taking it too many times isn't good either. If I could superscore my old and new SAT I would get 1920. But well, you can't do that. I read from somewhere though, that I should send my highest old SAT and highest new SAT so though the university can't superscore them, my low math scores in the old SAT could be somewhat 'compensated' by my math scores in the new SAT so at least they see I'm not completely terrible in math. What do you guys think? Is that true?
  9. Hi all, I am currently applying to the US (fall 2017) and noticed that most of the regular decision application deadlines are in the first week of january, does this refer to the last day to start an application or the last day to send in documents/grades (because our mock grades are released at the end of january/beginning of February as well as the SAT results). Will they still accept my mock grades and end of year report in jan/feb or do i have to be completely finished with the application before the january deadline on their website. Thanks.
  10. I'm really bad at ACT reading? Like, I try to actively read, but I never really understand the concept, even if I understand the passage. I'm also really slow at reading and generalized tips aren't really helpful. Can someone please help? I keep getting 6-7/10 on one reading passage. If I keep doing this I'll probably end up getting a 26 on the reading section and I can't afford that. PLEASE HELP
  11. lvch95

    ACT or SAT?

    Hello everyone, I'm in IB1 year and I want to start taking SAT or ACT as well, but I'm not sure which one to take. Since I'm an international student ACT seems easier in terms of vocab but we have a score choice in SAT and that's what confuses me. Any ideas? Or does it make a difference for universities?
  12. Hi! I know that I'm writing about something typical for IB: stress, but I really need to write about it, to tell about my problem. I'm an IB student and my biggest problem is the fact that I live in permanent anxiety about my education, test results and consequently, future. My biggest fear is getting poor IB and SAT scores, what will make studying abroad impossible. My family is able to cover only a small percentage of costs of studying abroad, which makes me highly motivated to get a merit-based scholarship. I do my best, but I increasingly freak out. For example, I'm waiting for my SAT Subjects results and sometimes I can't sleep because I start thinking about all the questions I answered wrong and I end up crying. Or I've just started my summer holiday, I gave myself a few weeks off until I start writing IAs but I can't relax. Or I cried after receiving results of one of my mocks or when I couldn't understand how to do a lab report. Or I slept for nearly 13 hours after both SAT I and SAT II, and I think it was caused by a good deal of stress. You may regard me as a hysteric, I am aware of it. But I never cry at school. I always do it alone. Usually, I'm a friendly, sociable person but there are moments when I can't help but thinking how many things are waiting for me; SAT second attempt, applying to unis, May session. Sometimes I feel that I won't make it to May, that I will not stand the next year of stress and fear and taking into consideration how terrible the final year seems to be, I fear the worst. I just don't want to disappoint my family, who invested a good deal of money in my education, who supports me and hopes for the best. I'm not giving up, I also hope for the best but I keep thinking that I've developed some kind of obsession and I've got no idea how to break free. Am I the only one who goes mad because of IB? Have you ever been in a similar situation?
  13. Hello, I'm rhapsodysiscaa from Indonesia. So I may actually go to Perth for university. Currently taking English B HL. Is it necessary to take additional test like SAT, IELTS or TOEFL? Which one is better for Australian universities? My current choices are Monash, Curtin and Murdoch. Thank you.
  14. What the title says. I'm planning to take the new SAT. Thing is, I didn't do my research and I figured I'd take it in July or August when I'm off school - my school closes in mid-June and opens in the last few weeks of August. But apparently, the next SAT dates are in May and June, after which the next dates are in October and November. I can't take the June one because I have my finals during that time. I'm concerned about doing the October SAT because that'll be a good two months into my second year of IB, and reportedly, that's when everything begins to ramp up and you feel the heat - IA submissions, TOK presentation, etc. Also, if I don't do well in October, I can't retake the SAT and get the second set of scores in time to apply for colleges. I'd rather take it in May. But will 5-6 weeks be enough to prepare for the SAT? I'm planning to ask my college counselor, but I want some advice from those who've already done IB. Will I be too bogged down in my second year to do the SAT then? Should I do May or October? Thoughts? I did fairly well on the PSAT, BTW. I got 1390 (new PSAT, so on 1520) with a week of not-too-rigourous studying. I'm also considering applying solely to Canada and SAT-optional schools, but that locks out USC, RISD and some other colleges I might want to apply to.
  15. hey guys! so i'm planing to give my SATs in June. I'm a business and management student and want to study business in the future. what subjects should i study for in my SATs?
  16. Hello! I need to take two SAT II test in order to fulfill my admission requirements for some universities, I was wondering if I could take French SAT II with my knowledge from French Ab. I began to take French since 9th grade in school, besides that I am taking personal classes since 10th grade. I took French A2 and I felt pretty well actually, I want to take the B1 on May. Do you think I will be able to take test? If not, which ones do you recommend? I can´t take SAT II Spanish since it´s my first language
  17. Hi all, so I'm a sophmore in high school currently and I have been doing slight research on the SATs and ACTs...I was wondering which one I should do if my math skills are really bad? I'm planning on taking math studies next year and I don't struggle much with english I'm just worried since I've heard that ACT math is a lot harder than SAT math, and the ACT doesn't include the formulas. However I was initially planning on not taking the SATs since the actual format of the SATs are so confusing?! I have no idea what to do Please help, and P.S when do you think would be a good time for me to do the SAT/ACT since I don't want to be taking them in Grade 12 (too much pressure already). Thanks in advance guys
  18. Hey guys, I was just wondering how much significance the IB grade has on the university applications to the US. For example, in my school, some of the teachers are really lazy (because the school does not want to cut them) and thus, it is really hard for the students to ask for help after school/questions about a summative assignment. Furthermore, the teacher that teaches the subject I want to major in the future, does not give a SH*T about his students, as he is long-term contracted with the school and will receive his pay anyways, no matter in what manner he teaches. In conclusion, the question I want to ask is this: Do US Universities care more about a applicant's SAT grade then their IB grades? In other words, if I have a low IB grade but a high SAT grade, would it cover up for my sad IB grade? (I'm not saying my IB grade is under 30 or anything, it is around 30-40). If anyone has seen this case in real life, mind describing what happened (what grades he/she had etc.)? Thanks, Aesop
  19. Hi, I want to apply to Singapore and my grades are as follows: IB probably 37-39, SAT 2140 combined and 2070 single with 710 reading, 760 maths and 670 writing. I have a TOEFL of 105. I would say my GPA is good but I don't think any would understand it as it is a weird Turkish grading with a twist of my school as well. So I was wondering are my grades competitive enough for NTU or NUS WITHOUT a scholarship. Thanks
  20. Hi everybody! I am preparing to embark upon a particular rite of passage known as the SAT General Reasoning test, AKA that one thing that colleges (at least in America) consider just as important as the entirety of your high school grades. I've been taking a practice course online, which offers me personally-tailored information on how to improve on reading and math, but doesn't give me any feedback at all on my essay and requires me to self-score it. I feel like if I score my own essay, I'll be biased and will either be too hard on myself or too generous. I also have no idea which particular things in my writing I need to improve upon. This is my essay, in response to a prompt about whether negotiation is necessary in order to be successful in one's adult life and whether it should be taught as a mandatory class in high school. I'm pretty sure I'm somewhere in the 7 to 9 point range (out of 12; more detailed scoring information at https://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/sat-essay-scoring-guide) and that I need to improve by adding more specific examples and elaborating on my thesis and conclusion, but I'm obviously not in a very objective position seeing as I wrote it myself. "Negotiation skills are necessary for success in life, but they must be accompanied by a determination to hold on to one's personal values and beliefs. Although negotiation is important in day-to-day life, from business affairs to personal quarrels, a willingness to compromise for the sake of reaching a solution on common ground can jeopardize the true goals and objectives for all parties inolved. Take, for example, the hypothetical situation of two countries at odds with each other over a matter of trade. Leaders from both nations may attempt to sit down together and reach a solution, making innumerable concessions as they go, until both parties reach a conclusion that they certainly bargained and negotiated for, but privately are not satisfied with. In both personal relationships and matters of the state, negotiation might be so subtle of an art as to not be useful at all. This idea, and the fact that negotiation relies so heavily on intuition and personal judgment, make the proposition of teaching it as a class in school truly preposterous. However, despite these drawbacks, negotiation remains a skill that can and must be fostered in American youth. Extracurricular programs like Model United Nations or debate teach students to negotiate efficiently and make concessions without wavering from their personal opinions. Programs like these, which indirectly grant students negotiation skills and also assist in instilling self-awareness, public speaking skills, and a sense of competition, should be implemented in American high schools rather than mandating classes that attempt to teach a trait learned through experience. Negotiation remains an essential skill for twenty-first century youth, but one should not underestimate the importance of other personal convictions and traits in achieving success." Any thoughts? I'll actually be surprised if anyone responds to this; I'm sure you all have better things to do than grade an essay! What score would you give me, what are the weaknesses in my writing, what are some tips for other sections of the SAT, and what did you think of the actual subject matter of and prompt for the essay? I found it an interesting subject, personally. If anyone does respond to this, I extend my warmest thanks in advance!
  21. Hey, I'd really appreciate it if someone could tell me whether the New York University Abu Dhabi super-scores the SAT, and if yes, whether you still have to send all of them if you decide to send them (I know it's optional)? (2016 applications) Thanks
  22. Hi I'm a European IB student who is thinking of applying to the states and I was wondering what sort of SAT, ACT and IB scores Ivy league universities expect on average to be able to apply? Also just wondering how IB students are seen by American universities and what they look for in IB students? Thank you! -ncarmont
  23. MISHI

    Free SAT prep

    So i was looking for test prep websites when i came across this one; http://ineedapencil.ck12.org/ They have two full length practice tests (one before you practice and one at the end) I haven't started with the lessons and practice questions and all that because I'm going to do my first test today, but it seems to be a great website. I won't entirely depend on this but it'll keep me motivated to practice frequently I hope this helps someone else out there.
  24. I am an american student that's starting his IB Program next year. I am planning and preparing for great success during these upcoming two years. Many of us ambitious IB students dream about getting straight 7s am I right? As challenging as the IB already is, I will have to find a way to organize my time spent studying for my IB courses and my SAT exam. Is there any advice out there for those of us trying to balance the IB & SAT/ACT together? Here are my class choices: (1)English(SL)- (2)French(SL)- (3)Economics(HL) (4)Environmental Systems & Studies(HL) (5)Mathematics(SL) (6)History(HL) * I am at a french international school, so I'll be a candidate for a Bilingual IB Diploma
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