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  1. My chemistry teacher told us that anything not written in the box or on the separate booklets will not be counted, and our test moderator (I forget the official word for it) continuously told us beforehand to write all answers inside the box. So, unfortunately, I wouldn't count on getting the marks for writing outside the boxes.
  2. Thank you all! I do have a generally good understanding of the language, I just struggle with preterite/imperfect and other grammar specifics. I always write my Paper 2s in present tense unless I absolutely have to switch to past, and it works fine because I usually get a good grade on them. I really don't have a clue what kinds of IB grades I get on the practice papers we do, since the teacher doesn't tell us the markschemes and also for some reason he takes the square root of the decimal of whatever grade we get, so it looks like we're doing much better than we are (which is fine for my GPA)
  3. Thanks! I'm nowhere near fully fluent but with the IB standards I do fine and can understand what's going on. Do you know of any online resources for IB Spanish B HL? My teacher is, let's just say, easily distracted when it comes to actually teaching.
  4. The title is probably a bit confusing, but basically I'm wondering if it's possible to succeed in Spanish HL without being a native speaker or speaking the language at home? My teacher said all his past HL students spoke Spanish at home. I'm not so good at grammar, but I can generally understand what's going on in a sentence without getting every single word of it, and at the SL level I do very well on my practice paper 1s and 2s (we haven't done a lot of oral practice yet). Is it possible for me to succeed with study at home, or should I ask now to switch back down?
  5. Some teachers choose to allow us to use their class time as a free period depending on the due dates of other assignments, especially for the three weeks of school after exams, but it isn't a dependable thing.
  6. For Chem SL, I did a lot of practice on Kognity, which helped a lot, but I'm not sure if your school has to sign up for that.
  7. I'm gonna avoid talking about Paper 3 for now because the 24 hour rule confuses me based on time zones, but I found paper 1 and 2 easier than I thought they would be. Obviously not easy, I had to just throw random guesses down for questions on both of them, but based on how my classmates reacted it seemed easier for me than for many of them. Then again, half of my class took a nap half an hour into paper 2 because they just had no idea what to write, so I guess that's not too good of a comparison. Oh, and Kognity was a godsend for studying in the days leading up to the exam. My teacher h
  8. I have a related question... how do I know which class I'm taking? It sounds more like Lang + Lit, but my school has a tiny IB program and only one English A option is offered, which every IB student takes. I know that it's HL and that we do a lot of commentaries about poems and passages and that my teacher is always telling us to memorize our literary techniques (which I can't do to save my life).
  9. I'm taking Option C, but we've studied it for about a week in class... we had some curriculum time planning issues this year because it's the first year my school has offered IB Chem. I have absolutely no clue what I'm saying when I answer any of the practice things we've done in class.
  10. Are you talking about molar ratios? Like an equation with coefficients in front of the different molecules? Also, some advice - skip questions while taking the exam. I forget how much time we have for Paper 1 (I'm taking the exam this year too), but we've been doing Paper 1s in class with about 50 minutes for all 30 or so questions. So figure out how much time that is per question, and if you feel like a question is taking you too long, skip over to the next one. It sounds like perhaps you're getting stuck on a single question and insisting on being confident in your answer before you go
  11. I believe it is, I'm taking chemistry SL this year and my teacher made sure we learned it - it's also been on several practice exams I took and I believe it was on the 2016 exam paper 2. Do you have access to Kognity? It's a specific online textbook for IB students, and I find it extremely helpful when I'm confused about a topic. But otherwise, maybe try this?
  12. If you can, do as much physical activity as you can tolerate - I started running track and cross country this year (though I suppose school sports are more of an American thing?) and practice is every day after school. The great thing about it is that not only do I get that physical activity in, I get a break from everything IB. No exams, no homework, no IAs, none of it exists for the hour and a half or so that I'm at practice. Also, eat healthy stuff rather than junk food, stretch a lot, and get up and do something else when you're experiencing that mental fatigue.
  13. I go to a public high school where all I had to do was walk in and say "I want to be in the IB program." We pay about half of our exam fees, so it's $55/exam (USD) and the school board covers the rest. However, if we choose not to do an IA for a class or somehow don't show up on the day of the exam, we have to pay the school board back for the exam we didn't take. (I've never done that, but it's our policy). We have a pretty small IB program, about 40ish students per grade, because a lot of US universities don't do a lot of credit for IB classes and AP exams are cheaper ($45/exam).
  14. So I took the Paper 1 of the May 2017 computer science SL exam today, and I heard a lot of chatter after the exam about our option for Monday morning (May 8). My teacher said we're going to be doing the Java option (I think it's Option D), but a lot of kids in my class want to switch to Option B (the mathematical modelling and simulations). So I have a few questions: 1) Can my class even switch at this point? How is the option determined? 2) What the heck is mathematical modelling and simulations? My teacher has never had any IB training except for a weeklong session ten year
  15. I did a Java program for my IA, but my teacher showed us a ton of different kinds of IAs before we started ours, so here is a flowchart example I found for a Java game design.
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