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Do you know anyone that's taking/going to be taking 6 HLs?

I have a friend that's had straight 4.0s and is an IB student, next year he'll be taking Math HL, Spanish HL, English HL, Bio HL, Chem HL, and History HL. @________@

Do you know anyone like this?

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I'm actually pretty sure that the IBO doesn't allow students to register for more than four HL courses/exams. I tried to be registered for five, but wasn't allowed. Do make sure your friend knows about this and makes sure that things are going to work out?

And anyway, I don't think it's a very good idea. People may be intelligent, but they're still human. In order to get good grades in the end, you can't be spending 240*6 hours in class over a two-year period PLUS do all the required homework for the courses PLUS complete CAS, ToK and the EE. It's insane to think that you're going to make it! (Been there, done that: I took three languages at HL plus Chemistry and History. It certainly didn't make me happy! It's only after dropping two of those to SL that I've been able to feel really good at anything, rather than just being shattered.)

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I think you can take an extra HL as a 7th subject outside the others and get a certificate for that. But I'm pretty certain, you definitely can't take 6. Your friend can perhaps go to all the HL classes but not get any credit for at least one of his HL classes.

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He knows he's not getting credit for all 6 courses but he's taking Chem HL while taking the SL exam. It's still insane though.

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He knows he's not getting credit for all 6 courses but he's taking Chem HL while taking the SL exam. It's still insane though.

Not so much, my school is kind of weird so I have to take all those courses at HL, except for Math. It´s hard but I guess your friend is a genius or something.

By the way, I´m also taking chemistry in HL but going for the SL exam.

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Hm, I guess this way you'll get more practice. The problem, however, is that Chemistry SL is insanely easy compared to Chemistry HL, you learn so much more to the extent that I think you will be confused as to what to revise for the SL exam, having gone much more in depth. And I have no idea how the predicted grades will be calculated.

Mostly people do benefit taking subjects at HL and then doing the SL exam, but mostly the effort is too large and mostly unnecessary in my opinion. However, should you like to kill yourself, you're better to take HLs in the conceptual subjects such as Maths or Physics where the extra hours and work will prepare you much better for the exams when you come down to SL level.

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You can take the 6 HL's no worries. IB has no restrictions, just guidelines.

I have a friend who is taking 5 HL, well online pal, and he is doing fine.

You can take any combination of courses you'd like for IB. There are no restrictions people.

However, I personally feel like having a 4.0 is not enough to take all 6 subjects. I think people should have a 95% in class or higher for their classes in order ot take them at HL. especially if u have 6 you'd like to take.

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You can take 6 HLs as certificate courses, but only a maximum of 4 HLs if you're a diploma student.

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If your friend is sitting on straight 4's and is going to try and take 6 HL's (which I agree with the others: the IBO won't let you do) he has to re-evaluate what he is doing. A 4 is boarderline number, so if they're going to step it up to HL they had better work a lot harder: especially in the Group 4 subjects.

Like I have been saying all along, more HL's might look good, but if you don't pass them well they won't help and iwll stress you out more. As well as causing less time to be available for things like EE and TOK. You have to balance yourself...oveloading because it looks good on applications is stupid.

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Our school doesn't grade on the 1-7 scale, it's on an American A-F/0-100 scale. The kid's an absolute genius and devotes virtually all of his time to studying, and although I suggested he dips down to SL for a class it'll be interesting to see how it pans out for him.

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A genius does not devote all of his time to studying. A genius is intelligent enough to leave space for some free time. Also, IB grades on the 1-7 scale, and that is how he will be evaluated in the end.

You can take the 6 HL's no worries. IB has no restrictions, just guidelines.

I have a friend who is taking 5 HL, well online pal, and he is doing fine.

You can take any combination of courses you'd like for IB. There are no restrictions people.

However, I personally feel like having a 4.0 is not enough to take all 6 subjects. I think people should have a 95% in class or higher for their classes in order ot take them at HL. especially if u have 6 you'd like to take.

There are no restrictions for IB certificates but for the diploma you have to have two languages, math and all that stuff. IB actually has lots of restrictions regarding diploma candidates when you come to think of it.

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Very true. I was mainly referring to individual restrictions which the school sets. I had to literary go to the office everyday to get both of my HL sciences. Another thing, my school has restrictions on scheduling with HL math. They wont (try) to keep students from taking a core science + math at HL. Which I think is completely stupid. None of these restrictions are written in the IB guide, or exist out of my school.

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I talked about a teacher about that once and he told me that there is no real point in taking more higher levels than it is required, as it makes your work just way harder. Anyway if poeple are really up for that, they are no restrictions why you couldnt do it thpough.

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If your friend is sitting on straight 4's and is going to try and take 6 HL's (which I agree with the others: the IBO won't let you do) he has to re-evaluate what he is doing. A 4 is boarderline number, so if they're going to step it up to HL they had better work a lot harder: especially in the Group 4 subjects.

Like I have been saying all along, more HL's might look good, but if you don't pass them well they won't help and iwll stress you out more. As well as causing less time to be available for things like EE and TOK. You have to balance yourself...oveloading because it looks good on applications is stupid.

By 4.0 he means the GPA scale not the IB scale :)

And a 4.0 is the highest you can get on that scale.

I did 4 HL subjects and I REALLY didn't find it that much of a hassle... but I'm not sure you can take 6 HL courses unless its all certificates?

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... I thought this was impossible. At my school, the most HL classes you can take is four, and even then you have to get recommended by teachers, friends, and your parents for it. I thought the IB diploma was killing everyone enough already with just 3 HL classes... I absolutely cannot imagine taking six, or anyone taking that number. So no, I don't know anyone who takes 6 HLs. There are only four people in my grade taking four HL classes, too...

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I still can't understand the hype in taking 4 HL subjects haha. Honestly, it's not that bad, I swear! I lived!

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I'm not sure, but up to five HLs will be still ok, but really... Wow! He must have then something like 32 hours per week without any break in between and all the homeworks.... But I don't think either that they will all write higher level exams, some have to be SL. Else, it doesn't fit in the schedule.

Our school doesn't grade on the 1-7 scale, it's on an American A-F/0-100 scale. The kid's an absolute genius and devotes virtually all of his time to studying, and although I suggested he dips down to SL for a class it'll be interesting to see how it pans out for him.

Hmmm.... How does the american system work by the way? I can't really imagine that... (I mean a '7' is normally above 80%, but if it says 80 out of 100, it sounds a lot worse than a '7')

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Hmmm.... How does the american system work by the way? I can't really imagine that... (I mean a '7' is normally above 80%, but if it says 80 out of 100, it sounds a lot worse than a '7')

But that's according to the IB system. The American system is much easier than the IB, as I've seen so far, so I'm guessing a 7 in IB is above 90% in an American education system.

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I'm very confused with all the different policies in different schools. Many people on this forum are taking more than three HLs and according to my school we are only allowed to take 3 HLs. But then my school is kind of weird... it doesn't even offer IB psychology.

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generally for ib you are allowed to take three or HL subjects but i think schools regulate this because of the difficulty level of handling four HLs.. the time you would need for the assessments and all would be a lot more.. it could be very stressful.. so thats why i think. its always advisable to take three but it depends on how challenging your three higher levels really are... ^_^

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there really is no correlation between the two systems. 1-7 scale caters towards the IB scale, which is made up of different aspects.

However, the teachers make up or use the American system in order to make SOME prediction for universities. that's why mocks are horrible at predicting the actual grades.

It gets even more confusing, since the European system in most countries is 1-5. Which the same basically from A-F.

However, some schools use the IB 1-7 system all throughout in order to show kids what they would get, as a reminder from the start.

Since we all come from different systems, its very confusing.

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I have a friend that's had straight 4.0s and is an IB student, next year he'll be taking Math HL, Spanish HL, English HL, Bio HL, Chem HL, and History HL. @________@

Do you know anyone like this?

I don't think you can take 6 HL subjects. The explanation I got was that the most you can do is 4 HL subjects and even then you have to make sure it's within the criteria of two languages, maths, etc. You can choose to do 7 subjects, with the one extra subject done as a certificate. Maybe this is only for diploma students, but i'm not sure. Maybe he'll be able to do all the 6 HL subjects if he does them all for certificates and not a diploma.

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The OP is asking if anybody knows anybody that takes 6 HL subjects, not whether if you are able to take them or not. Since no one can take 6 HLs, apart from Certificate students, this thread has no need to exist.

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