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B&M HL or Eco HL?

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im looking at a career in business, my school offers both B&M and Eco, so is B&M HL worth it?? -since unis don't really care if you take it or not- or should i take both eco and B&M??? and is it virtually impossible to get a 7 in eco?!?!

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First of all, it's just as easy to get a 7 in eco as in any other Group 3 subject, or actually a bit easier... It all depends on the student in the end, though. Universities, however, do not like B&M at all, they see it as a soft subject. Economics, on the other hand, is a subject they do think is valuble - especially if you want to study business/finance/economics. So you are definitely a lot better off taking eco instead of B&M for the next two years.

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take both if you can.. Economics if you have only choose one since you can always do business if you have a strong economic background.

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To my point of view, I would say I will definitely go for Economics HL if my school offers both of it. Economics, to be honest, is preferred over Business & Management. However, Statistically more people get 7 with Economics rather than Business Management. It's due to the fact that Business & Management is more specific and this causes its difficulties, and sadly, also this causes disregard from universities. On top of that, Economics is less respected than Science subjects so if you're good at Science and think that you're more likely to obtain 7 in that Science subject in Higher Level.

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I suggest you to take the Econ, my business teacher suggests us not to take business HL as the % of getting a 7 is really not high......

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Definitely economics. Economics is more abstract in my opinion and it is better if you learn it in high school. You can take B&M later if you want to.

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which one should i choose as high level buisness or economics, i want the easier so i can get a high grade=p

help plzz

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If you take a look at grade boundaries, a 7 is 71%+ for Business HL and 71%+ for Econ HL in 2008, so not much help.

I personally took Econ and found it pretty easy. Just pay attention to IAs. <3

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Business is considered "easier", but the uni's don't like it that much (one of the few subject that are on a list of subject of which you can only have one)

So even though eco is considered harder, i would still advice you to take eco. It will prepare you better for uni, and you might be easier admitted. (even if you happend to get 1 grade point less)

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If you are looking for easy subjects, I would definetly not advice economics. But I agree that universities are looking for students who take up challanges rather than only geting high grades. I was told this in practically every university i visited.

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my teacher would say economics, because BM is an 'artificial' subject that has been created not so long ago, as an easy subject..

furthermore, it is one of the subjects on the list that cambridge and the london school of economics published as being 'too soft' and not up to the level of other ib or a level subjects..

so i guess there must be some kind of distinction between the two, from the unis' POV.

personally, go for eco! haha

cheers, Bee

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Economics seems like it would be more useful.

And it's not impossible to get a 7 in econ..I did, and I'm not exactly the greatest economics student ever. I would say it's actually pretty easy to get a 7 in the subject.

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I'm definitely not the greatest economics student ever, but I managed a 7 also. With a solid foundation in Economics I imagine B&M would be pretty easy in comparison so don't bother with B&M. Plus, Economics applies to everything which makes it much funner :P .

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I had to take B&M because my school did not offer Economics, but go Economics! It's much more preferred by universities and can give you a base to work on once you're in uni.

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I take both business & management and economics HL, and I think that both are equally hard.

Basically if you take economics, you will have to be very logical because you will deal with such things as graphs. You will also have to read and watch a lot of news, because you will understand the subject a lot more. The advantage is that the materials are much less than business. However, you must remember that economics is very theoretical, so the things that are taught are mostly not applicable in the real world.

If you take business, the materials will be a lot, but the subject is very easy and general (a lot of people should basically know the things that are discussed in this subject), and the subject is very applicable in the real world.

So in conclusion, its all up to you and your way of seeing the two subjects, but personally I think you should take business because its more realistic.

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I take both business and economics HL, and both of them are equally hard, but in a different way.

Business has a lot of materials to cover, but the topics are very general (most people should already know the answer), and the maths are very easy. The subject is also very applicable to the real world.

Economics does not have as much materials, but you have to be very logical and know a lot about the world economic, cos that would really help a lot (you should read and watch a lot of news). You will mostly deal with graphs and you will have to practice a lot on wring long essays, because, in the test, even the things that are not mentioned in the questions must be included. The subject is very theoretical, so most of the materials are not applicable in the real world.

I would say that business is better because its more general and applicable in the real world, but of economics matter more in university applications then u should probably take econ. :punish:

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B&M is supposedly easier but I took Economics HL and found that pretty easy as well...definitely one of the easier subjects I took.

Economics looks better for uni.

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Compared to A-levels, IB Business & Management HL is easier than A-level Business Studies. However, A-level Economics is less intense than IB Economics HL. Consequently, if you would obtain high grade, do B&M HL.

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economics is a lot more related to critical thinking and common sense... plus its easy =) not to mention more practical for uni!

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I would also say economics. Even if you don't want to go into the field afterward, I think it's good to have an overview of what's happening around us (especially now with all the financial crises).

I also like it because our classes are pretty interactive. The teacher doesn't really teach...we discuss until we figure out the theory ourselves. But I guess that depends on the teacher...

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i agree with all of you guys..

Economics contains harder math materials so it is considered harder than business. So universities value economics more than business.

But since business is easier than economics, it will be easier to get a higher grade too.

So it really depends on what you want to study.. i think either taking economics or business is okay..

I personally wanted to take economics, but then my school didn't offer economics so i'm taking business.. i wish i could have chosen between economics and business too~ :yahoo:

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To stress what everyone else has been saying, I would choose economy. As long as you are willing to put some effort in it is not a hard class, and probably a lot more useful than business would be.

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