Thanks guys, this has been helpful. I know 40 is higher than i need but i won't necessarily get in just with the bare minimum so i like to be sure i can do around that well.
A lot of you are saying it depends on me (obviously).
I go to a normal school, you dont have to pay or pass an exam to get in just live close enough to get there on time.
I'm in the top ten percent of my year.
I'm an all rounder, but i can be a tad lazy. But i can crack down on that, and i need to for Uni.
I don't like french but i am halfway through the GCSE of it, and i can do the easier tier of it, "little or no experience".
I want to do PPE at uni, the best place i get into.
If i dont do the IB ill probably do Maths, History, "Theology and Ethics" and some philosophical fourth thing for the first year.
So guys, advise away, but if you have time give it for other circumstances for other people.
Last edited by JakeLucGoodman; 07-09-2009 at 19:16.
No, actually, there was some terrible miscommunication.
(Original post by kuntimagee)
Forgive me from saying so, but to say that getting over 85 is a 6 is quite simply ********. The very highest grade boundary for a 7 for any subject is French B HL and that's only 87%. You're (quite fortunately) misinformed. The general rule is that a 7 = 81%+, 6 = 67 - 80, 5 = 55 - 67, 4 = 45 - 55 and so on and so forth.
When I said "around here", I meant at my school. I'm well aware of the grade boundaries on the actual IB tests.
To clarify, if your report card grade for grade 11, for example, is about 85+ here, that's probably a predicted 6. Like I said, very roughly speaking, and obviously it's different from school to school, but I doubt there's any school who gives out report card grades of 80% and then congratulates the student for outstanding performance and a predicted 7.
If you've got about an 85% standing in the class (which is obviously tougher than regular classes, but not the difficulty of IB exams), that's a 6 (for sciences/math). For history/english, the teachers just go straight by IB marking.
Last edited by fakeplastictrees; 07-09-2009 at 22:17.
IB is very difficult, I'm not kidding. In short, it's because the IB requires you to do 8 subjects including Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay. The other 6 subjects, their types being varied (e.g. maths, humanities, etc) can hinder you from getting a good score if you are bad in one or some of the types of subjects you must do in the IB.
3 of the subjects are HL (Higher Level) which should be what you like most and are relevant to your desired uni course.
The 3 others are SL (Standard Level), those that are studied in less depth than in HL.
But anyway, the fact that you study a large number of subjects also contribute greatly to the difficulty of the IB.
Last edited by talissu160; 08-09-2009 at 14:08.