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  1. Regarding university requirements, it largely depends on where the universities are located. For example, for the US, I know that all business majors (so that includes marketing) tend to have to take a maths course or too so you'd be putting yourself at a disadvantage by taking maths studies (maybe not admissions wise but in terms of finding the required uni maths classes difficult because maths studies didn't prepare you for them). Just to be sure, check the websites of the unis you're interested, if maths isn't a requirement for the course(s) you're interested in then perhaps take maths s
  2. If you're considering doing something that is medicine related then definitely take chemistry. But if its very unlikely that you'll go for it then consider psychology. Psychology is conceptually not a difficult subject but what people struggle with is memorizing all the information you need for all the essays you have to write in exams. On that note, psychology is all about writing essays that relate to the learning outcomes in the syllabus. So if you don't like/aren't good at memorizing tons of information and/or hate/suck at writing essays don't take psychology. Can't say anything about ch
  3. I responded to a similar topic here: http://www.ibsurvival.com/topic/35407-psychology-vs-economics/ I'll add on to that response, I'd recommend you stick w/economics. Theory of the firm really isn't all that tricky - in fact I feel that it is one of the easier paper 1 part B questions in terms of evaluation (which you need to do to get a 6 or 7), it's just about comparing and contrasting different market structures (this is very straight forward and is written out in the textbook) and evaluating different policies to control monopolies/oligopolies, etc. But I will agree w/you that the P3 the
  4. I take both subjects at higher level. Economics is easier and has a lower workload IMO. It's a more conceptual subject so you don't need to memorize everything where as you have to memorize so much information for biology HL (definitely way more than economics). If you're a good maths students or are good with basic maths, the economics paper 3 (calculation based - only higher level students take it) will be very easy, it's definitely a grade booster. However if you're more interested in biology, take it as your third higher level subject; having interest in a subject will make the workload
  5. I took the ACT. The different sections (in order): English (45 minutes) - 75 questions , maths (60 minutes) - 60 questions, reading (35 minutes) - 40 minutes, science (35 minutes) - 40 minutes [optional section: essay - 30 minutes/ the format of the essay has changed for the upcoming tests, see: http://www.act.org/actnext/faq.html#Enhancements) 1) Reading: This section comprises of two components - usage/mechanics and rhetorical skills. It's basically tests your English grammar - you'll do well if you know the grammar rules the ACT tests you on (you can find them in the real ACT prep book).
  6. There aren't any specific subject requirements for courses in universities in the USA. With that being said, it is logical to take subjects that are related to your intended major (and particularly as a higher level subject) - it'll provide you with solid base to build upon when you take your major specific classes in college. So you definitely should take higher level maths and physics if you intend to major in computer science - the maths classes you'll take as a computer science major will be far more challenging then maths HL so it's in your favour to take it so you're prepared for the int
  7. Food (drink, sandwich, a fruit), pencil case (ruler, pens/pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener, highlighters, sticky notes), laptop, lip balm/hand cream, notebooks and sometimes my textbooks (usually don't need them, there are extras in my classes) and folders to keep my homework and handouts in.
  8. It's already out: http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/foss/IB%20Guides/IB-May-2016-ExamSchedule.pdf
  9. Well, they're allowed to read through it and give feedback Only once though. @Lovelife Just make sure your teacher passes on your final IA pieces - remind him multiple times especially towards the deadline (ask your IB coordinator when you're final pieces are being sent to the IBO).
  10. What you need to do is find a relevant article - for microeconomics, market failures tends to be the easiest topic. Steps: *The first few sentences of your IA should briefly explain what the article is talking about, make it VERY brief (no more than two-three sentences) *Start defining key terms, so for example if you're article is about the government imposing a tax to reduce the negative externality of consuming a de-merit good, you'd define market failure/negative externality of consumption/de-merit good (WARNING: don't go overboard with defining economic terms, interweave them into you
  11. I'm not sure about Canadian universities but for American universities you usually need to submit your high school transcript (typically four years, 9-12 grade or year 10-13), SAT I or ACT score (don't need to submit if you choose to apply to a score optional school), SAT Subject tests (not always, depends on the colleges you're applying to), recommendation letters from your guidance counselor + academic teachers (some require them, some don't), common app essay (if you're applying to colleges who use the common app)/supplementary essays (some colleges on the common app require extra supplemen
  12. @FreakinOut You honestly don't need to have a great maths teacher to do well in SL maths, my teacher sucks and most of my class is doing fine. Just do the practice problems in your textbook on a regular basis, make notes on the main concepts w/a few sample worked out problems and do some past paper questions on each topic before you start the next chapter in class. If you put in some effort, you'll be fine! Sort of, but not really. You need to be able to evaluate the study and related theory/theories really well to get into the highest mark band. You can't evaluate effectively if you don't h
  13. I take both economics and psychology HL - I personally would choose economics if I had to pick between them. They are both really interesting courses (IMO at least) so I can understand why it might be difficult to choose between them. Both of them are content heavy courses but economics is less taxing in that it's a quite conceptual subject so you don't need to rote memorize everything like you do for psychology- if you understand the concepts/graphs, you can figure out what to write in an exam if you haven't studied properly. You can't really do that in psychology if you're aiming for a 7 -
  14. Neither routes are easy. You need to be a stellar student to have a chance at Ivy league colleges - great grades and test scores, excellent extracurriculars, really good recommendations, excellent essays etc. With that being said, many applicants with such a profile get rejected every year. You need have a bit of luck on your side and more importantly, you must fit the profile the university is looking for in that particular year - if you aren't what they're looking for then you'll get rejected even if you're a great applicant on paper. Do you realise that Ivy league universities aren't the
  15. I personally don't think SL maths is hard. If you do practice questions on a regular basis and pay attention in class, you should be able to do well. However don't just assume that you'll get a 7 in SL maths if you drop down from HL - a girl in my year group was getting 5s and 6s in HL maths for the first two terms and then dropped to SL and didn't get a 7 in the third term. If you maintain a good work ethic, you'll be fine and should be able to get a 6 or 7.
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