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Hi guys,

I'm currently a sophomore (year 11) and am going to be starting the IB program next year. We have to do our course choices now so this is what I'm planning to do:

English A: Literature SL

Chinese A: Literature SL

Spanish Ab Initio SL

Math HL

Chem HL

Econ HL

My question is..is it worth it to switch English to HL and have 4 HLs instead of 3???

A lot of upperclassmen at my school have told me not to do it, but at the same time they've also said that english hl and sl is almost the same..there are only a couple more works studied so I am really conflicted :/

I'd switch Chinese to HL, but I'm taking it a year early (anticipated student) so I can't...

What do you guys think??

Thanks!!

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I vote 3HLs, IB is hard, don't underestimate it. Taking four HLs is like take a dump at the IB HQ XD They will make you suffer.

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I don't see any point in taking language A HL unless you need it for uni. just because it's your native language it doesn't mean you'll be able to ace it... many are native speakers here but we even struggle at SL. literature is NOT a piece of cake. it might be a whole new world to somebody especially because the level of analysis required here is quite advanced.

I say it's not worth it to take it at HL... you'll have to study a few more books, and a few books is A LOT to read and comprehend.

just do 3.

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whya re u doing two group 1 languages

The new syllabus allows two Group 1s.. in case you were confused...

I feel like such a stalker answering this on TSR and now going on here to reply and realizing you're probably the same person from TSR...

HAHAHAHAHAHA

I AM, ACTUALLY!

It's all good..XD

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I vote 3HLs, IB is hard, don't underestimate it. Taking four HLs is like take a dump at the IB HQ XD They will make you suffer.

I don't see any point in taking language A HL unless you need it for uni. just because it's your native language it doesn't mean you'll be able to ace it... many are native speakers here but we even struggle at SL. literature is NOT a piece of cake. it might be a whole new world to somebody especially because the level of analysis required here is quite advanced.

I say it's not worth it to take it at HL... you'll have to study a few more books, and a few books is A LOT to read and comprehend.

just do 3.

yeah, the only reason i considered to do 4 was because I'd be done with Chinese a year early and would have only 5 classes to take in senior year, but now that i think of it, 3 free periods sounds pretty awesome too (Y) and i can focus on my college apps!

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whya re u doing two group 1 languages

The new syllabus allows two Group 1s.. in case you were confused...

I feel like such a stalker answering this on TSR and now going on here to reply and realizing you're probably the same person from TSR...

HAHAHAHAHAHA

I AM, ACTUALLY!

It's all good.. XD

Oh goodness... I appear like such a stalker. :P

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Hi guys,

I'm currently a sophomore (year 11) and am going to be starting the IB program next year. We have to do our course choices now so this is what I'm planning to do:

English A: Literature SL

Chinese A: Literature SL

Spanish Ab Initio SL

Math HL

Chem HL

Econ HL

My question is..is it worth it to switch English to HL and have 4 HLs instead of 3???

A lot of upperclassmen at my school have told me not to do it, but at the same time they've also said that english hl and sl is almost the same..there are only a couple more works studied so I am really conflicted :/

I'd switch Chinese to HL, but I'm taking it a year early (anticipated student) so I can't...

What do you guys think??

Thanks!!

I think you should definitely switch to English HL.. I don't understand people who take English SL unless all their HL's are used up, and they are really struggling with English to begin with. I'm taking four HL's myself, but I see you are taking Math HL which is unbelievably demanding and time consuming. The extra work from English is probably not going to make much difference to you at all, but at the end of the day your diploma is going to look SO impressive with 4 HL's an one of those being math HL.. thats insane! Very impressed haha

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It might depend on where you want to apply, but if you intend to apply to the UK, having a 4th HL is like having a sticker saying you were brave at the dentist. Nobody cares, and you won't be rewarded for it by admissions to University or anything else.

If you're good at English there's no harm in doing it at HL (as people have said, it's not really much extra work at all). However classically people struggle to do well in Literature unless they're naturally inclined that way. Or unless they're taught in the UK where the IB isn't any harder than GCSE so there's no jump to be made. A lot of people on this site will tell you English is one of the hardest subjects to succeed in. Equally a lot of people will tell you it's the easiest subject to succeed in. So it's quite a polarised issue and depending on your education up to this point, may or may not be difficult to get good grades in for you :P

Most people start with 4 HLs, become overwhelmed towards the end of IB1/beginning of IB2 and drop one down. There's no harm in starting with more and dropping some out, provided you're cautious about the coursework and making sure you do an appropriate piece of coursework for whatever level you end up at. On the other hand, there's no actual gain from doing 4 HLs except for the rosy glow you can feel inside your own head, mostly.

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