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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    Where do you want to attend university? Which country/countries will you be applying to? What calibre of universities are you considering (top or middling)? All of these things impact the appropriateness of your subject choices.
    Mainly in the UK, I think. I'd like to apply for the Oxbridge universities and UCL etc. Don't know if I actually have a chance at getting in, but at least I want to try.

    Also, after what I understand the universities look at the GCSE grades as well. I haven't taken the GCSE's because we don't use that system in Norway. Which grades do they look at then?
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    (Original post by star.karee)
    Thanks for the lengthy reply about universities in different locations. I really appreciate it. I'm from Hong Kong, so I'm planning on attending university in HK or the UK. Hopefully the UK, if my scores are good enough. If I do go to the UK, I will be studying abroad and would be looking at the higher level universities such as Imperial College London, University College London, University of Warwick, Durham University etc. So I guess it's only the HLs that matter. I might be looking into Education, Administration, Law (but I need history?), Psychology, Tourism/Hotel Management. Are those options open for me?
    All of these options should, theoretically, be open to you.

    When you have a better idea of which course exactly you'd like to apply for, it would behoove you to look at the university websites and confer with their admission criteria and decide for yourself if you stand a chance. The list of universities you've listed are highly competitive, so I need not tell you that you need amazing grades.

    As far as Education and Administration (what kind?) is concerned, it depends on which specialised courses you want to apply for. There's all sorts of particular courses from Education policy to teaching to different kinds of administration and management and they all have different requirements in different universities. But your subjects choices are fitting for these courses, I would say.

    I'm a law student myself and while I did History HL, I can assure you that you do NOT need History HL to apply for Law. Both my flatmates are fellow Law students and neither of them did History A-Levels. I even know someone on my course who did English, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology as her main A-Levels and still got in for Law. Any combination of subjects will work for law. While doing essay-based subjects is more helpful, they are certainly not mandatory.

    I may be wrong about this, but you probably do need either Chemistry or Biology HL to do Psychology at top universities. I would look into that if I was you because Psychology can be a closed door at top UK universities with your current subject choices.

    Hotel Management/Tourism, I'm not really sure. I think you're better off going to a specialised school for that than attending a university in the UK. Some of the best schools for Hotel Management are in Switzerland, I would look into those if this is what you decide you'd like to do.
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    (Original post by ShawtyyC)
    Is philosophy a bad subject to have at HL?
    Philosophy is a great subject and usually quite respected. I will say though that it is challenging to get a 7 in Philosophy. Chemistry and Biology HL are not easy subjects either. I would encourage you to consider a third HL in place of Philosophy that has a high success rate for 7s in your school because if you plan on applying to top universities such as the ones you've listed, you need a minimum of a 38-42 point prediction in your IB scores. It will be a lot easier if you have one easier HL.

    (Original post by ShawtyyC)
    I'm pretty interested in Bio, but I'm not so sure about the chemistry. Is that a must to study Psych at university? Would it be better to study it at SL? If so, what subject should I change it with? (The school does not offer Psychology.. )
    Look up university websites and what they require.

    According to Oxford, for example:

    (Original post by Oxford Admissions' Website)
    Psychology

    If you wish to study psychology on its own or combined with philosophy or linguistics then it is highly recommended that applicants have studied one or more of the science subjects e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Psychology and Mathematics to A2 Level, Advanced Higher, or Higher Level in the International Baccalaureate (IB) or any other equivalent examination.
    (Original post by ShawtyyC)
    And about the English.. B or A2? What's the difference anyway?
    Read this post to answer your question.

    I will say though that if you take English B, you will have to take the English Language tests as part of your University applications (IELTS or TOEFL).

    (Original post by ShawtyyC)
    At last, I'm not the best at maths, but I should be able to cope with it if I work for it (Not HL), is Maths SL better than Math Studies SL?
    It's always better to take SL over Studies. But if you genuinely have difficulty with Maths and seeing that you're already taking 2 Sciences at HL, evaluate for yourself whether you will be able to cope. It is better to have a 7 in Maths Studies than struggle to get a 5 in SL.

    (Original post by ShawtyyC)
    Also, after what I understand the universities look at the GCSE grades as well. I haven't taken the GCSE's because we don't use that system in Norway. Which grades do they look at then?
    It's GCSE or equivalent So whatever you did prior to the IB in the Norwegian system will be considered. Again, look at specific university websites and find the information out for your country and if all else fails, just ring up the admissions' departments and ask them personally on the phone, they're generally very helpful and informative.
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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    Philosophy is a great subject and usually quite respected. I will say though that it is challenging to get a 7 in Philosophy. Chemistry and Biology HL are not easy subjects either. I would encourage you to consider a third HL in place of Philosophy that has a high success rate for 7s in your school because if you plan on applying to top universities such as the ones you've listed, you need a minimum of a 38-42 point prediction in your IB scores. It will be a lot easier if you have one easier HL.



    Look up university websites and what they require.

    According to Oxford, for example:





    Read this post to answer your question.

    I will say though that if you take English B, you will have to take the English Language tests as part of your University applications (IELTS or TOEFL).



    It's always better to take SL over Studies. But if you genuinely have difficulty with Maths and seeing that you're already taking 2 Sciences at HL, evaluate for yourself whether you will be able to cope. It is better to have a 7 in Maths Studies than struggle to get a 5 in SL.



    It's GCSE or equivalent So whatever you did prior to the IB in the Norwegian system will be considered. Again, look at specific university websites and find the information out for your country and if all else fails, just ring up the admissions' departments and ask them personally on the phone, they're generally very helpful and informative.
    Thanks you for your long reply. I'll check the websites more throughout, and figure out what I'll do with the subjects. Fortunately, I still have some time to decide.
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    Does anyone know which subject is better to take in IB? English Literature or English Lit and Lang? They'd both be at higher level.
    I heard that if you're planning on pursuing a science based career you should do English Lit and Lang. But if you're doing law or business and such, you need to do English Literature. Is this true? Which one is most respected at universities?


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    Does anyone know which subject is better to take in IB? English Literature or English Lit and Lang? They'd both be at higher level.
    I heard that if you're planning on pursuing a science based career you should do English Lit and Lang. But if you're doing law or business and such, you need to do English Literature. Is this true? Which one is most respected at universities?


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    Literature is harder but I'd say the course is better. It'd be easier to get a 7 in LitLang though
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    I'm taking an IB in this September but i'm still confusing about which subjects should i choose, I'm not very sure what I want to study in the uni (I'n thinking about Psychology,International Relations,Education) here is the list of subjects that i have chosen
    Self-Taught Lang A SL
    English B HL
    History HL
    Biology HL
    Math SL
    Visual Arts SL
    The bold subjects are the subjects that i'm not sure about, I heard that EnglishB HL is pretty hard and i don't think my English are very strong though. I also would like to take the ab initio lang, and is it better to change it to ab initio lang SL(my school offer 3, Mandarin Spanish and French which one is most useful? I like all of them) and Visual HL?(I love arts but I have no serious experience before, is it too hard to get 6 or 7 for the person who is in intermediate?)
    btw, I will study uni in the USA, thank you so much.
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    (Original post by khwanhatai)
    I'm taking an IB in this September but i'm still confusing about which subjects should i choose, I'm not very sure what I want to study in the uni (I'n thinking about Psychology,International Relations,Education) here is the list of subjects that i have chosen
    Self-Taught Lang A SL
    English B HL
    History HL
    Biology HL
    Math SL
    Visual Arts SL
    The bold subjects are the subjects that i'm not sure about, I heard that EnglishB HL is pretty hard and i don't think my English are very strong though. I also would like to take the ab initio lang, and is it better to change it to ab initio lang SL(my school offer 3, Mandarin Spanish and French which one is most useful? I like all of them) and Visual HL?(I love arts but I have no serious experience before, is it too hard to get 6 or 7 for the person who is in intermediate?)
    btw, I will study uni in the USA, thank you so much.
    English is a mandatory subject in the IB, and the English B course is the easiest English option available. It cannot get easier than that. The course is designed for people who have been studying the language for 12-24 months. So I would buckle down and work on it.

    Self-taught languages require a lot of effort and motivation since you do all the work yourself. But I will tell you that Ab Initio language classes are only easy for those people who already are somewhat familiar with the language. I did French Ab initio and is was definitely one of the more challenging subjects I pursued in the IB since I had to literally start from the alphabet. Ab Initio language courses are 4-year language courses crammed into 2 years, so think on that before you make a decision.

    Visual Arts takes up a lot of time. I don't think being an intermediate student will hold you back as much as the fact that grading for the subject is extremely subjective. I know people who were predicted 6s and 7s have gotten 3s and 4s and vice versa. It's an unpredictable subject. Seeing as your interests are not even close to Arts, you might as well drop VA in favour of something else, perhaps another social science?
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    (Original post by arrowhead)
    English is a mandatory subject in the IB, and the English B course is the easiest English option available. It cannot get easier than that. The course is designed for people who have been studying the language for 12-24 months. So I would buckle down and work on it.

    Self-taught languages require a lot of effort and motivation since you do all the work yourself. But I will tell you that Ab Initio language classes are only easy for those people who already are somewhat familiar with the language. I did French Ab initio and is was definitely one of the more challenging subjects I pursued in the IB since I had to literally start from the alphabet. Ab Initio language courses are 4-year language courses crammed into 2 years, so think on that before you make a decision.

    Visual Arts takes up a lot of time. I don't think being an intermediate student will hold you back as much as the fact that grading for the subject is extremely subjective. I know people who were predicted 6s and 7s have gotten 3s and 4s and vice versa. It's an unpredictable subject. Seeing as your interests are not even close to Arts, you might as well drop VA in favour of something else, perhaps another social science?
    English is not a mandatory subject! You have to do a first and second language, but these can be whatever you like. And English is available at B SL and Ab Initio, just like every other language.

    That being said, if you want to go to uni in the US, you will need B HL just for day-to-day living even if your uni doesn't say you have to.
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    I have on more question.

    In Group 2, my school offer Japanese B initio and and Spanish B initio. What is the difference between B initio and ab initio? (I'v tried google it, but all that came up were ab initio, which I now means "from the beginning, or something.) It does not say if it's HL or SL either, isn't that an option then? Will it go under SL subjects?
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    (Original post by ShawtyyC)
    I have on more question.

    In Group 2, my school offer Japanese B initio and and Spanish B initio. What is the difference between B initio and ab initio? (I'v tried google it, but all that came up were ab initio, which I now means "from the beginning, or something.) It does not say if it's HL or SL either, isn't that an option then? Will it go under SL subjects?
    Ab initio is a course for beginners. No experience is needed and it can only be taken as an SL course.
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    Hey guys!

    Can you look at my combination and tell me if it's too hard?

    English HL
    History HL
    Biology HL

    Math SL
    Chem SL or Music HL
    Mandarin SL

    I want to study econ or arts in uni, so I'm not sure if I should take 2 sciences...which one is harder: Chem SL or Music HL? I've played piano for 10 years, so i THINK I should be okay for music, but since it's a group 6, it's so subjective, and my main goal is to get a high mark.
    Are my subjects too tough?

    Please help guys!
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    (Original post by midnightgurl12)
    Hey guys!

    Can you look at my combination and tell me if it's too hard?

    English HL
    History HL
    Biology HL

    Math SL
    Chem SL or Music HL
    Mandarin SL

    I want to study econ or arts in uni, so I'm not sure if I should take 2 sciences...which one is harder: Chem SL or Music HL? I've played piano for 10 years, so i THINK I should be okay for music, but since it's a group 6, it's so subjective, and my main goal is to get a high mark.
    Are my subjects too tough?

    Please help guys!
    Well, your subjects are not easy, but I wouldn't say they're unmanageable if you keep yourself organised.

    English HL is all about technique and if you have a decent teacher, it shouldn't pose too much of a problem. While it is difficult to get a 7, 5s and 6s are fairly common enough.

    History HL is notoriously difficult to get a 7 in. It has a lot of content. I did History HL and it was a challenging course. The key is to study past exam paper patterns and predict which questions will come, then study selectively accordingly.

    Biology HL...well. I'm confused? If you want to study Economics/Arts are university, why take Biology at HL? Oughtn't you
    rather benefit from Economics or Maths HL? But from a difficulty perspective, Bio HL has a lot of content to memorise, if you're good with that, you shouldn't struggle in the course.

    Maths and Mandarin SL, both manageable. The level of challenge you face for each of these depends on your own aptitude.

    Chemistry SL - again, why take a Science if you don't want to pursue Sciences? Chem SL is hard, but not impossibly. Again, organisation and staying in top of things is key.

    Music HL, like you said, the grading is extremely subjective. Do it if you want to, but there's a fair amount of music composition in the course (from what I've heard), so if that is something you think you'd be good at, go for it.
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    Well, your subjects are not easy, but I wouldn't say they're unmanageable if you keep yourself organised.

    English HL is all about technique and if you have a decent teacher, it shouldn't pose too much of a problem. While it is difficult to get a 7, 5s and 6s are fairly common enough.

    History HL is notoriously difficult to get a 7 in. It has a lot of content. I did History HL and it was a challenging course. The key is to study past exam paper patterns and predict which questions will come, then study selectively accordingly.

    Biology HL...well. I'm confused? If you want to study Economics/Arts are university, why take Biology at HL? Oughtn't you
    rather benefit from Economics or Maths HL? But from a difficulty perspective, Bio HL has a lot of content to memorise, if you're good with that, you shouldn't struggle in the course.

    Maths and Mandarin SL, both manageable. The level of challenge you face for each of these depends on your own aptitude.

    Chemistry SL - again, why take a Science if you don't want to pursue Sciences? Chem SL is hard, but not impossibly. Again, organisation and staying in top of things is key.

    Music HL, like you said, the grading is extremely subjective. Do it if you want to, but there's a fair amount of music composition in the course (from what I've heard), so if that is something you think you'd be good at, go for it.
    Thanks for your advice! The reason I'm taking Biology HL is because I am somewhat interested in it, but also because my school does not offer economics. We have B&M, but that class is already full.

    And do you know if there's a lot of memorization in chem?

    What courses did you take and which ones did you find the hardest?

    Thanks again!
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    (Original post by midnightgurl12)
    Thanks for your advice! The reason I'm taking Biology HL is because I am somewhat interested in it, but also because my school does not offer economics. We have B&M, but that class is already full.

    And do you know if there's a lot of memorization in chem?

    What courses did you take and which ones did you find the hardest?

    Thanks again!
    I don't know much about Chemistry since most of my IB friends did Biology or Physics. I had one friend in Chemistry HL and he struggled to maintain a 3, then he dropped down to Chemistry SL and he flew by with a 5 with minimal work. So it shouldn't be too bad. From what I've heard, it's the HL options in Chemistry that are really hard. But I would strongly advise you to speak to someone from your school who is already on the course. The relative difficulty or not of a course is often mitigated if you have an experienced IB teacher who knows what she/he is doing (and the opposite is also painfully equally true).

    I did English, History and Economics HL and Maths, French Ab Initio and Environmental Studies SL. None of my courses were particularly hard, but that's in large part due to the fact that I deliberately chose easy ones for my SLs. History was challenging but memorising things has always been my strong point, so I was one of the only few students in that course who didn't constantly struggle. French was really hard for me since I had never studied the subject before in my life and picking up languages is not, as I soon discovered, my greatest skill. Other than that though, nothing in my IB experience particularly stands out as challenging or anything. The IB is a high school programme at the end of the day.
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    Ahhh...I see. How did your friends find Biology? And if you don't mind me asking, how did you study for History? It's rumored to be the hardest course at our school, so I'm kind of scared do you mind sharing some of your study techniques?
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    (Original post by midnightgurl12)
    Ahhh...I see. How did your friends find Biology? And if you don't mind me asking, how did you study for History? It's rumored to be the hardest course at our school, so I'm kind of scared do you mind sharing some of your study techniques?
    As I had said earlier, Biology was mostly memorisation. Once you get the hang of labs, all that you need to worry about is retaining all the information for your exams.

    Well, History was my best subject (I was the first person to get a 7 in a really long time in my school). PM me when you've actually started the course if you feel you're having trouble. History HL was also one of the hardest courses in my school too, but I never really struggled with it because I loved the subject. Difficulty varies from person to person based on their interests.
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    I'll start IB next school year, but now I have to decided subjects.

    I think about studying Business or Law.

    My subject:

    English HL
    History HL
    Math HL

    Physics SL
    German SL
    Polish SL

    Is it good combination or mayby it'll be too hard ?
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    (Original post by LukaLG)
    I'll start IB next school year, but now I have to decided subjects.

    I think about studying Business or Law.

    My subject:

    English HL
    History HL
    Math HL

    Physics SL
    German SL
    Polish SL

    Is it good combination or mayby it'll be too hard ?
    The level of difficulty depends entirely on your aptitude in this case. I'm assuming you have some background in german and Polish? Depending on the level you're taking those subjects, the challenge will vary. Same for English. History HL is time-consuming with a lot of memorisation, so you ought to be prepared for that. Maths HL is considered one of the hardest HL IB subjects, so practice practice practice! Physics SL shouldn't be to bad, especially if you have an aptitude for Maths.

    As for your career aspirations, I would think your subjects should adequately meet university entrance requirements (strictly considering the UK). The rules are, of course, different, for different countries.
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    Arrowhead, I was just wondering which English you did at HL. Lit or Lit and Lang?


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