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  1. You get in based on your predicted IB score. So work hard from the start itself. You will get a conditional offer of acceptance which will have a minimum score that you have to get in the exams for the acceptance letter to be valid but generally this condition is less than the score with which you applied. Eg: You might get in somewhere with a 35 predicted and the conditional acceptance will require you to maintain something like at least a 29-30 on the actual exams. But don't slack off though because if you don't meet the condition then you aren't going to university and will have to apply ag
  2. Like many have pointed out, IB is a very close-knit community (in most schools at least). It's the same reason why someone would go to an ivy league. Yea, the education is kinda better and the name is good to have, but in the end it's all about the scholastic atmosphere and the ability to make valuable and lifelong friends (and contacts). Many people that I know didn't have friends until they started IB. It's more accepting of who you are. This is especially important in North America, where for some weird reason, being intelligent results in you getting socially ostracized. Yes, you don't par
  3. So IB is making major changes to its computer science syllabus. It's now a part of Group 4 (experimental sciences). As well, learning Java (or any programming language for that matter) is apparently not mandatory. Options have been included (yay) So my question is, If I'm taking the exam in May 2013, does the new curriculum affect me? In my school, we don't do computer science at all in Year 1 (regardless of HL/SL) because our grade 9/10 computer science program is rigorous. So from a teaching standpoint it isn't impossible to teach the new curriculum. http://www.ibo.org/recognition/dpchange
  4. Your predicted score is just as important as your final score, if not more. What use is getting a 43/45(final) if you're only predicted a 30/45 and didn't get into a university that takes 35/45? In fact, the conditional acceptances that you receive after submitting your predicted scores actually allow you 1-2 points worth of slack.
  5. Doesn't matter where you do your undergrad or even in what major. In fact, many people do an easy undergrad at some no-name university like Guelph or York and then make it to the top med schools in the country.
  6. Exactly! There's way too many people in my class who think they need to score a 97 in school work to get a 7, when the highest mark in the class is like a 91.
  7. I've heard that IB is harder than university from a lot of returning students too. Like, not harder in terms of the content (goes w/o saying), but harder in terms of the workload. But it really depends in which school you do the IB. From the perspective of the IBO, IB is just 6 courses with a couple of IAs and an exam each and the EE/CAS thrown in, which really isn't too stressful, but in my school we have like tests/quizzes/presentations/assignments due every day. We were literally given a weekend to read King Lear on our own.
  8. Interesting. I guess it's hard to come up with a conclusion since not only do different universities teach/mark differently, but also that IB high schools have different thresholds for converting a percentage grade into an (predicted) IB grade.
  9. I'm in Grade 11 IB (aka Year 1) in an Ontario public school and my question is, if I'm getting 70s on my report card, is university going to give me higher marks? I know that the general perception is that your marks decrease by 5-15% as you transition from high school to uni but that I think only applies to the Academic (ie regular high school) program. IB is significantly harder than Academic in my school atleast. My coordinator says that IB is harder than anything you will ever do in your future, but he's probably biased. I've heard that IB is just as hard as first year but then university
  10. I once started writing an economics commentary at 2am on the day it was due. I had a month to do it. I got highest marks in the class tho. An integral part of being a successful IB student is to be able to BS and get away with it.
  11. Well unless you're from a private school, you'll get your IB predicted mark and a provincial mark (out of 100) for each Gr.12 level course that you took. Most universities will consider both your top 6 average from this pool of Gr. 12 provincial marks and your IB diploma points. So even if you can't make it in with your IB diploma, you probably can with your provincial one.
  12. Hey guys Is there anyone who bought the OUP French B Study Guide/Course Companion? I'm planning to buy one but I don't know whether I should buy one or both. Also, what's your opinion on the OSC French Study guide?
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