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4 at HL vs 7 at SL

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Hello,

I wonder wheter it is easier to get 7 at Physics SL or 4 at HL. I have still the time for changes my subjects, so I need your help :)

It would be great if I got the answer from sb who graduated from IB.

 

Cheers ;)

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I would say a 4 at HL is easier than a 7 in SL. Some people might disagree with me, but in my opinion a 7 at anything will require quite a bit of work. I also think that the differences between HL and SL physics aren't too significant, in that there are many harder concepts at HL, but you don't need to know them all very well as in section B of paper 2 you can chose which questions to answer (although I'm not sure that's still the case for you). Also digital technology as an HL addition really makes HL a bit more manageable. Furthermore the difference between HL and SL options is pretty insignificant, I think. 

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Getting a 4 at HL is definitely easier. And the additional concepts for HL isn't that hard in my opinion. Many of the concepts that are for both SL/HL is harder than the ones that are for HL alone. 

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The effort you would need to put in to get a 7 in SL could probably get you even higher than a 4 at HL. It also depends on what you want to do when you finish school.. If you are not planning on doing maths or science maybe consider doing SL as it is less work so you'll be able to put more time into your other subjects. Anyway, to answer your question, I think a 4 at HL is easier to get.

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The Grade Boundaries for SL are slightly smaller than the grade boundaries for HL. With this being said, a 7 in SL would be 69-100% (Final including Internal Assesment, P1 and P2) While a 7 in HL would be 70-100% for TZ1, and 72-100% for TZ2 according to the May 2014 Grade Boundaries. However, for HL you do have the additional P3 on one of the options. 

 

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4 at HL, if u could completely understand all the concepts in SL it wouldn't take u that much more effort in understanding the HL concepts to a level of 4. 

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