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  1. I did HL English B, History and Psychology, SL Maths, Polish Lit and Chemistry. I initially went to Oxford for Law, but it didn't work for me, and I ended up doing Business Studies at City, University of London, and that's the degree i completed.
  2. 2 hours per HL subject is 6h. 1h per SL subject is 3h. Are you actually suggesting someone does 9h per day of extra study in addition to school? Are you doing it? If so, good lord, please stop. This is not healthy or sustainable. I never did anywhere near that much - it's been almost a decade since I finished IB but I'd say it's never been more than 3-4h a day. Sometimes weekends would get busy, and I did my EE over the summer, so at some point it was 4 days solid of writing, but even then I doubt I did 9h in one day. Hell, I work full time now and that's 7.5h. Btw, I got 39 points, got
  3. That's a quick google - just put in 'UK universities ranking by subject'. Looking at it yourself will be more valuable. Although it's worth remembering that ranking are just part of the picture, and shouldn't be the sole reason for picking a university. Once you've got the ranking, you can visit the university website, go to the subject page, and the entry requirements will be there for you to check. Then, I'd recommend making a list of the universities for which you meet the entry requirements, and research them more to pick the 5 you want to apply to. If you can, visiting them ca
  4. Yup, you're correct, UK universities care primarily about your higher level subjects. Sometimes they'll specify also that they want no grade lower than X (e.g. 5). KCL lowered their entry requirements for IB the year I was applying for uni (2012), and they've stayed like that ever since. This is in recognition of the difficulty of the IB.
  5. So, Bayes Business School is just part of City, University of London, it's not a separate university. It used to be called Cass Business School up until last year, so if you want to do a bit more research, it might be worth typing Cass into google instead, as that'll have more hits. I went to Oxford for Law, but only very briefly - it truly didn't suit me, and I left during my 1st year. As such, I did my undergrad in Business Studies at City. The degrees got a slight revamp since I graduated, but I believe most of the modules are the same, just organised differently. Re. 1 - I got
  6. So I've not done it recently (sat it in 2012) - but I got 30/42, which I think was the highest score in my college group at Oxford. And I was the only non-native speaker. LNAT is basically a reading comprehension test. So after I ran out of the sample test (there were so few of them it didn't take long to run out), I just did C2 level reading comprehension tests e.g. from the Cambridge CPE level - there are faaaar more resources available for those. So I think I took a book out of the library or found some online and got through as many as I could find time for. Basically, any advanced l
  7. I personally went with City, University of London, and what was then called Cass Business School (and has now been renamed Bayes). There are a number of business degree options, and I was very happy studying there. Most of the lecturers were really great, there's a separate business school library, and generally great resources (Bloomberg terminals, Reuters terminals, etc). Would definitely recommend - I went there after a brief stint of studying Law at Oxford, and, frankly, the focus on the student teaching was much better at City than Oxford (at least in my experience, though, of course, the
  8. This is dependent on your school, IBO itself does not require you to take any pre-IB course. I have done a pre-IB year, purely because high school in Poland is 3 years (or used to be when I went), so they had to do something with us in that first year. We had people move in straight into year 2 (IB1), without having done a pre-IB year. My boyfriend has also done IB in the UK, and went straight in from GCSEs, without having done any prep years. The pre-IB year in my case was a regular Polish curriculum, with some of it done in English, and an increased number of English language lessons, but no
  9. They do not. They will look at your final grade where available, and predicted score if you've not sat the exam yet. If your mocks affect your predicted scores for exams you haven't sat yet, then that is what the UK universities will see, but they won't ask for mock results themselves. With the US, I believe they look at your GPA, so again, if your mocks affect your GPA, then that's the only way they will 'see' your mocks.
  10. Psychology is definitely a lot of memorisation with all the researcher names and dates.
  11. I had offers from both Oxford and UCL with English B HL. My LNAT was 30, I think, and I had similar ECs. I don't think it matters whether you do Lit or Lang and Lit, there are no required subjects for law. People get into law with maths and sciences at HL. It is, still, a bit of a lottery with Oxbridge, so no one will guarantee you'll get in, but you appear to be a strong candidate.
  12. You can search all UK university courses on the UCAS website (https://www.ucas.com), which is the system via which you apply to UK universities. This will tell you whether such courses exist and what the entry requirements are. As for Astrobiology as a career, I can't offer any insights I'm afraid. Best of luck
  13. This depends on a university, and varies greatly - could be as early as 1 September, could be mid October (Oxbridge). So you need to check with individual universities, and can also vary year to year (my university shifted the whole year one week forward in my final year).
  14. It is definitely possible - had students from my school get their IB diploma, then do a degree, realise they want to study something else (always medicine, for some reason), then come back to school to do the extra subjects they needed to get in. The way my school did it is made them attend both IB1 and IB2 classes for a year, then sit the exam at the end (they did Its and all that during that time). Not sure how other schools deal with it, especially if you're retaking exams rather than taking new subjects altogether, but your first point of call should probably be the school where you
  15. Personally, I would start by looking at their annual reports for the last few years, as there's usually a lot of information contained in those and, as they're prepared for shareholders, they're usually pretty easy to read. Also, Amazon/WholeFoods strike me as the sort of companies on which there would be case studies (Harvard Business School does great ones, if you can get your hands on them), so that is also an avenue you could explore. Good luck!
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