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  1. Well I know people who have gotten in with much worse; just last year a guy from my school got into Stern with the same predicted grade (on 42), 1710 in the SAT. NYU CAS isn't impossible, provided you aren't applying for aid and don't have any major problems in your app (discipline, very low semester grades, screwups in exams etc). In any case NYU is test-optional so your SAT score shouldn't bring you down much. If your essays are good you /should/ be through, although with the States you can never really predict with absolute accuracy. Also yeah, they will look mainly at predicted grades an
  2. For the UK, I applied for English and Modern Languages (English + A different language at each place). Predicted: 42/45 with 777 in top 3 HLs (screw you math) Merton College, Oxford: English and Beginners' Modern Greek: Rejected [email protected] St Andrews: Persian, Russian and English: Accepted, 38 with 6 in English King's College London: German with English: Accepted, 35 with 665 in top 3 HLs SOAS: Turkish with English: Accepted, 35 with 665 in top 3 HLs Edinburgh: Persian and English Literature: Accepted, 37 with 6 in English
  3. I also have both subjects (but Psych SL, which honestly isn't wildly different from Psych HL) and my personal recommendation is Psych. It's so much more interesting (and all the people in my school with both Econ and Psych agree with me). It is more difficult but that's because IB economics is fairly easy, the only real challenge you have in it is getting everything on paper within the allotted time. Psych isn't terribly difficult either; once you figure out the format in which to write the essays it becomes a question of making sure you know the content reasonably well. It's worth noting that
  4. The Siege, by Ismail Kadare. One of the best books I have ever read, and I have read a lot. It's not a very hard book to grasp in terms of language, but the storytelling is just hypnotic. It draws you in, and by the end of the book, even though many, many details of the siege (such as the exact location) are left out you get this intense feeling of having been there and having lived the conflict. Lots of underrated books but none in my opinion more than this one.
  5. Hi everyone. I am posting this on the forum to gain an outside appraisal of my situation, I will be applying to colleges predominantly in the States, with max 2-3 outside (Ireland and Hong Kong). My dream college is Georgetown, which mandates 3 SAT II subject tests on top of the traditional SAT. I plan to take the Math II, Chemistry and Literature tests. I took the SAT I in Jan and got 2120, which is lower than what I'd like and so I have to retake. Here is where I currently face a dilemma: Between now and November 1 (the due date of Georgetown's EA application) there are 3 test dates: M
  6. I personally don't think any amount of 'vulgarity' is too much; everything is fair game in comedy. But it depends on the execution and the nature of the joke itself. Something by Jimmy Carr would be perfect, because he actually brings out humour in his 'offensive' jokes, but some jokes are just not funny, irrespective of at whom they poke fun.
  7. I use an Alienware M14X and it is brilliant (once everyone in your class stops freaking out about the colours). Extremely powerful, nothing ever lags and though I found it heavy at first (it weighs roughly 3 kg) I got used to it (and more muscular) quickly. No software compatibility issues, everything is there when I need it, and most funnily of all, a Macbook with the same specs would cost roughly 140,000 rupees more at the time (my laptop cost 87,000). I wouldn't go for a Mac for well anything; then again I don't like Macs at all. If money is no object I would recommend the Alienware 14 o
  8. So today, I had a meeting with my school's principal because the accounting department of another school to whose MUN we had sent a delegation lost their cheques and decided the best course of action was to blame me personally. I then received the following tasks over the course of the day to complete today: 1. Contact that school and find out what went wrong. 2. Force an apology from their principal in writing. 3. 39 math questions due tomorrow 4. A surprise chemistry lab report 5. 4 Psych short answers 6. 2 economics data response questions 7. 3 resolution drafts for an upcoming MUN 8. C
  9. Math HL is the type of subject where you really need to get the concept ingrained and drilled into your skull. I did extended math at IGCSE, and I found it ridiculously easy; I actually didn't study math at ALL for a 7 month period (except during tests) but really struggled with HL at the start. The problem with HL is the 'simple' questions are fairly all-or-nothing in terms of marks; either you get all the marks possible or basically nothing, and the 'tough' questions are just really tough. The concepts aren't too difficult; the workload on the other hand...... In my own case, my first ever
  10. At my school, the kids who want to do Law in college usually have English HL and 2 of the following 3 at HL: Economics History Psychology I have Economics HL and Psychology SL, and my own opinion is that since essay-based subjects are considered better preparation for law, you'd benefit more from Psych than economics or BM. Keep psych, and take economics is my recommendation; economics and BM are fairly similar but economics seems to get more 'respect' at least from British, european and Southeast Asian universities (though it becomes an irrelevant consideration if you're applying to colle
  11. I'd say go with Chem HL. It's honestly tough at the start of each topic, but with a bit of work it becomes very easy. You find that things you learned in previous units help out and though it's tough at first things eventually start to synthesize and become fairly simple (though practicing past paper questions is needed). Bio HL I'm given to understand is just a lot of memorization and apparently what I described for Chem (everything eventually coming together and making sense) doesn't happen in Bio (according to the kids taking both at HL). Also, with Chem, there's scope for error; if you do
  12. Most certainly not an impossible combination, don't worry. Well if you want to do engineering then you will need Physics HL. If you're set on Medicine, Biology may be helpful but isn't always essential, while Chemistry HL is. If you're interested in medicine with certainty then you should keep Chem HL and take Bio HL instead of Physics. If you aren't sure about medicine it may be useful to keep physics, you'd have to look at which scientific fields you're specifically interested in and decide between Physics and Bio based on that but Chemistry HL is essential for medicine.
  13. Either is enough for a 7, but the Cambridge one is better honestly; it has more information than the Oxford one and has better (and more) examples and diagrams. The Oxford one gives you exactly what you need and nothing more, which is good if you detest the subject and just want to get it done (like me ) but if you want to really understand the subject and find it interesting I think the Cambridge book would be better.
  14. 45 ideally, but anything above: 7 in English, Chem, Math, Economics and Psych and an A in my EE is acceptable by me.
  15. English LangLit HL BM HL Economics HL ESS SL Math Studies Hindi B SL This only applies for someone who lives in India but yeah this is the de facto easy way out of the diploma in my school.
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