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  1. I'm curious about Perth - why Perth? Despite living in the same country (albeit the opposite side of the country, so very very far away) I've never actually been there myself. I always thought that there was not very much interesting there, but I may be misinformed and biased! I feel ashamed that I haven't visited so many parts of Australia now... So did you get to go to Azerbaijan?I'm curious because that's where I'm from:) No, I still haven't! But I'll make it there one day, I hope.
  2. I think it may have been mentioned before, but Cambridge doesn't place that much of an emphasis on GCSE/IGCSE results - for example, less emphasis than at Oxford. They care more about your predicted grades for IB1. Obviously, having good results is useful - but it would be a small difference, not a big advantage.
  3. I did my Cambridge interview in Australia, and on the whole I don't think it is a disadvantage - although I do regret not having a good excuse for travelling to the UK. In terms of the early deadline, it does put extra pressure on you to finish it quickly - which might be an issue if you have exams/assessments to be handed in at a similar time - but I personally thought that with good 'time management', it didn't make that much difference. In other words, I thought it was a good way to productively procrastinate personally, when I was preparing for my mock exams. Even though it doesn't rea
  4. I have a law exam in under 9 hours time, and I am currently procrastinating. As a general note, I think that most universities really do not care what you study in IB - as long as they are 'rigorous' subjects, though of course if you have essay-based subjects it is a tad easier to prove an interest in law. Having said that, many people I know were nearly all sciences-based and then coming into law at university. Some universities will say that they require an essay-based subject at HL - or recommend it - but I'm fairly sure that there are quite a few universities without that requirement (e.g
  5. I'm not exactly the greatest advertisement for going to an Australian uni from another country (I'm Australian, but now in the UK for university), but Australia can definitely be a good place to study! We have some pretty awesome universities, and the weather is great. As mentioned, you do have to go through UAC or VTAC or whatever (each state/territory in Australia has it's own system) - although honestly I think most international students would be interested in the universities covered by UAC, VTAC and possibly QTAC. As mentioned, uni does start at a weird time for Australia. So, unless
  6. Even though memorising is only one aspect of what you have to do - as mentioned understanding and application are essential - it is still something really important! I didn't like the memorise and repeatedly write down strategy - what I did was memorise by repeatedly reading it out to myself. But I see that these are quite similar strategies. I think that as long as you remember that memorising isn't the only thing you have to do - you still have to practice questions for instance - then it's a fine strategy to adopt. Just try not to spend too much time memorising - though of course some subj
  7. The admissions advice from my Cambridge college is that GCSE results matter less than IB results at Cambridge than Oxford - so, if you were considering between Cambridge and Oxford, that might make a marginal difference. But as Arrowhead has excellently explained, it depends on a variety of other things!
  8. My grades are all A's apart from Photography, but that's a Year 10 elective so no worries. As a ranking, I believe I'm ranked around a 5 out of the 150 cohort - so I'm doing fairly well? Is this good enough for a 45? I don't know! Hmm, it seems like my school isn't too strong in the HSC and our curriculum is based around IB so a large portion of the students take IB for this reason. No one in our school really gets an IB mark under 38. the way nsw schools that offer ib and hsc work is that in general, the top 50% of the grade takes ib while the bottom 50% takes hsc which is completely 3807035%
  9. I didn't do very well on UMAT and to be honest didn't really want to, so I may not be the best person to comment. But, I am desperately looking for something to procrastinate on instead of revising for uni, so I'll post my thoughts on UMAT. 1. I agree - you really should be fine if you have online resources with past papers/answers. Even better if you can find people to help you with questions you don't understand. Having said that, most of my friends did take the course - and they did exceptionally well - but I think they probably could've done as well even without the training, and if they
  10. Hey! I totally understand the feeling of being swamped by SATs and everything else going on, so I'll do my best to try and offer advice. I would personally say that you could probably get away with doing all 3 SAT subject tests in one day (as long as your test centre allows this - which they should). You get breaks in between, so it's really not too bad. As to how to order it, I would personally say that you should do Maths II when you're feeling the most tired, as you can probably get away with not being in optimal form for it. Out of Chemistry and English, pick which you think will be ha
  11. Hey! I actually did apply and get accepted to UPenn (I assume you mean the private, Ivy League University of Pennsylvania rather than Penn State?), but I am a big foggy on details. As far as I know, there is no hard and fast IB requirement. They also don't mind what subjects you take, though I do seem to recall that for Wharton IB Maths HL is looked upon favourably (for economics/business/finance) - though I don't think it was by any means obligatory. It is more about your overall transcript (your high school grades) - & either SAT or ACT. SATs are quite different, but the middle range of
  12. I would agree that Geography should be a pretty easy subject to improve in - know case studies and statistics for each syllabus point (or pretend plausibly that you do) and you should be fine. I honestly think that aside from amount of content that you learn, HL is not much harder than SL at all. Also, the stuff you do in HL (globalisation) helps a lot with understanding SL, and you can repeat case studies. So I think you can definitely lift it to a 7 with some work! As to whether or not to drop it, I would probably suggest that you keep it for now, until you are really sure you can handle y
  13. Alternatively, you can try purchasing exam papers through the IB website if thorough google searching/asking other/older students/begging your school doesn't work!
  14. If you want to drop Chem, then go for it - especially if you don't want to do medicine - though frankly in Australia it makes essentially no difference at all. If you like business, then go for it - Australian universities do not care about 'soft subjects' - indeed, I don't think universities actually know what IB subjects you take at all - so if you want to do that, go ahead. Otherwise, do check out economics - as it is generally seen as more interesting/rigorous (which I think is true!).
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