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    (Original post by Dandoona1998)
    I see what you mean, I searched up a few things about both courses and I suppose that I'm better off with English as my HL . By the way I noticed there is something called a data booklet for some subjects (chem,physics, maths etc…) could you explain that to me ? do you get a copy of it in the exam or what ? Also for the options , do you like study all of them and then choose what to solve in the exam or do you study the options of your choice only ? I know I ask way too many questions and they're rather stupid and useless but I really want to understand the system .
    Yep, you use the data booklet during your exams. Usually the options your class studies is chosen by your teacher well at least that's how it's done at my school according to my IBC. I doubt there's the time to study all the options, that's way too much!
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    Yep, you use the data booklet during your exams. Usually the options your class studies is chosen by your teacher well at least that's how it's done at my school according to my IBC. I doubt there's the time to study all the options, that's way too much!
    Done! I just submit my subject choices . I just really wanted to thank you because other people would just tell me to make up my mind already and to stop asking questions , I really appreciate your support . It means a lot to me . Good night !
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    I will be studying the Ib course and I looking to go into economics at uni, my subjects I have taken are between two choices:

    HL
    Maths
    Physics
    Economics

    SL
    English
    Chemistry
    Chinese Ab initio

    or
    HL
    Maths
    Economics
    Chemistry

    SL
    English
    History
    Chinese Ab initio

    However I have heard that maths higher level is really hard and goes into almost university level, is this true? Also I have been told that both combinations would be really hard to cope with due to the work load but these are my best subjects. But which one would be better for economics, does it matter if I do history or physics as long as I do maths and economics?
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    (Original post by lynxxx)
    I will be studying the Ib course and I looking to go into economics at uni, my subjects I have taken are between two choices:

    HL
    Maths
    Physics
    Economics

    SL
    English
    Chemistry
    Chinese Ab initio

    or
    HL
    Maths
    Economics
    Chemistry

    SL
    English
    History
    Chinese Ab initio

    However I have heard that maths higher level is really hard and goes into almost university level, is this true? Also I have been told that both combinations would be really hard to cope with due to the work load but these are my best subjects. But which one would be better for economics, does it matter if I do history or physics as long as I do maths and economics?
    Both combinations are absolutely perfect! You've got HL Maths which is the only requirement since taking economics isn't actually required but it's obviously good to take to obtain background information. Yes, Maths HL is extremely hard but there is no way around it as it is a requirement to get into the course you'd like to study unless you'll settle for taking an economics course at a much less reputable university. Just practice and work consistently daily and keep your mind on your goal and I'm sure you'll do great.

    Regarding the history and physics dilemma: Are you more of a science person or do you prefer humanities? History involves a crazy amount of memorising where as physics involves understanding and applying really hard concepts - take your pick. I personally think the second subject combination is easier because HL Maths + Physics is really hard although they complement each other really well. However, if your not fully decided on studying economics and would like to keep the option of studying engineering open then definitely go with the first combination.
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    (Original post by Dandoona1998)
    Done! I just submit my subject choices . I just really wanted to thank you because other people would just tell me to make up my mind already and to stop asking questions , I really appreciate your support . It means a lot to me . Good night !
    Haha, no worries. I'm glad to help!
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    (Original post by pbunny)
    Both combinations are absolutely perfect! You've got HL Maths which is the only requirement since taking economics isn't actually required but it's obviously good to take to obtain background information. Yes, Maths HL is extremely hard but there is no way around it as it is a requirement to get into the course you'd like to study unless you'll settle for taking an economics course at a much less reputable university. Just practice and work consistently daily and keep your mind on your goal and I'm sure you'll do great.

    Regarding the history and physics dilemma: Are you more of a science person or do you prefer humanities? History involves a crazy amount of memorising where as physics involves understanding and applying really hard concepts - take your pick. I personally think the second subject combination is easier because HL Maths + Physics is really hard although they complement each other really well. However, if your not fully decided on studying economics and would like to keep the option of studying engineering open then definitely go with the first combination.
    I think I may go for the second option even though I'm more of a science person I think I am better at history than physics, and since I don't really want to go into the engineering I might as well go for the second option, thanks for the advice
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    (Original post by lynxxx)
    I think I may go for the second option even though I'm more of a science person I think I am better at history than physics, and since I don't really want to go into the engineering I might as well go for the second option, thanks for the advice
    No problem One thing IB students at my school have said is to take the subject you enjoy more over the subject you *think* you'll do better in and also factor in what the teacher is like. Taking a subject you enjoy less with prove difficult to get through at such depth for 2 years. Keep that in mind!
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    hello, I'm new here so sorry if I'm doing this forum thing wrong haha

    I'm currently yr 10 and will take IB next year, the current subjects I've picked are
    HL Eng Lit
    HL History
    HL Geography
    Math Studies
    SL Chinese Language & Literature
    SL Biology

    I'm just worried about what to take at University and what sort of career path there are, and if I should change one of my subjects. A lot of careers I googled are oral-oriented (I'm not good at public speaking) or otherwise is so competitive they need some ridiculously high qualification like masters or something.

    Also, I'm wondering how hard the subjects are, particularly History, Geo & Chinese? Because
    1. everyone says history and geo in IB is really hard and it's really really hard to get a 7
    2. I'm a native Chinese speaker so i'm not allowed to pick Language B, but I really suck at Chinese writing, I can't remember enough characters. With reading, I can understand well enough, it's the writing part I struggle with. Is there anything I can do or do I just have to study Chinese like crazy? I'm worried I'll get a 2 or something and affecting my entrance to uni especially since people say UK universities require very high IB marks, and ideally I want to study eng lit in UK (though again, for what reason other than interest, I have no idea)
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    (Original post by PumpkinNox13009)
    hello, I'm new here so sorry if I'm doing this forum thing wrong haha

    I'm currently yr 10 and will take IB next year, the current subjects I've picked are
    HL Eng Lit
    HL History
    HL Geography
    Math Studies
    SL Chinese Language & Literature
    SL Biology

    I'm just worried about what to take at University and what sort of career path there are, and if I should change one of my subjects. A lot of careers I googled are oral-oriented (I'm not good at public speaking) or otherwise is so competitive they need some ridiculously high qualification like masters or something.

    Also, I'm wondering how hard the subjects are, particularly History, Geo & Chinese? Because
    1. everyone says history and geo in IB is really hard and it's really really hard to get a 7
    2. I'm a native Chinese speaker so i'm not allowed to pick Language B, but I really suck at Chinese writing, I can't remember enough characters. With reading, I can understand well enough, it's the writing part I struggle with. Is there anything I can do or do I just have to study Chinese like crazy? I'm worried I'll get a 2 or something and affecting my entrance to uni especially since people say UK universities require very high IB marks, and ideally I want to study eng lit in UK (though again, for what reason other than interest, I have no idea)
    Well I am not really in the best position to help people with subjects since I was lost myself for the past 3 months but finally figured it out last week though I will just tell you what I know from the research I have done while looking for my suitable subjects .
    Taking geography and history for HL is not exactly the best idea unless your desired career path is based on them , although from what you wrote you want to study English literature in the UK so I think taking history as well as English literature at HL is fully justified because as far as I know history is a very essay and writing based subject and will be quite useful for you since you will learn quite a lot of analysis which is also used in English literature if that makes sense . I don't know much about geography because I never really considered taking it though some people say its really easy and others struggle with it so I suppose you're either really good and natural at it or just not at all, I also know that a few universities actually view it as a science subject ( not that many though ). Math studies is basically an easy 6 or even 7 so that's a mark booster unless you are really horrible at Maths . Too bad about the Chinese but on the bright side you'll get a bilingual diploma if I'm right ( not so sure though ) , people say its really hard even at B but then again you are a native speaker though you should practice a lot considering you said you're not so good at writing but I reckon you can get through with a good grade if you put the right amount of effort in . Rarely do people end up with a 7 in HL history and English lit ( though more get a 7 in geography ) because its a writing and opinion based subject though on average people get 5 or 6 which is good enough for many great universities . Biology SL is said to be quite easy because apparently all you need to do is memorise but I don't really know as I haven't done IB yet though I applied for biology HL so we'll see. You also asked what university degrees these subjects open you up to , I think you have a strong chance of getting into some leading UK English lit universities as all they require for the course is a relatively high score ( about 38 would be ideal ) and with your subjects I don't think it would be that much of challenge to get at least a 35 . I also think you can do law because history and english literature are the usual HL combination for law students but law requires really high scores and is very competitive . You could also study history or archaeology or geography with those subjects . You could get into many fields though here are a few of the exceptions : medicine is basically impossible with that type of combination , same goes for engineering , psychology , and any of the sciences including maths . So I guess if you are not planning to get into any of these fields or anything similar to them you will fine if you work hard and achieve a high score . If you would like to get into any of these fields then feel free to post back and let me know which one of them you like or want and I could tell you the usual requirements from what I know . Sorry this is a long post and I know its not very helpful but its just what I know from loads of research and I hope it helped even a little bit .
    Good luck !
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    Thanks Dandoona! it's quite helpful actually you said some stuff i didn't know. if math studies is THAT easy to get high marks that can probably make up for my chinese marks. i've considered law, but i'm not sure i want to make it a life profession if i can help it, it sounds really boring, plus if its really competitive then i probably cant get in...but then again people says (?) it pays alot XD yeah, i picked biology because some year 12s at our school said that biology is basically memorizing a lot of stuff. good luck to you too and thanks again

    at the moment geography seems like the odd one out . . . my school have a one week trail period this year before we official start IB in Sept but my time table crash, so i won't be able to try out geography lessons :/
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    (Original post by PumpkinNox13009)
    Thanks Dandoona! it's quite helpful actually you said some stuff i didn't know. if math studies is THAT easy to get high marks that can probably make up for my chinese marks. i've considered law, but i'm not sure i want to make it a life profession if i can help it, it sounds really boring, plus if its really competitive then i probably cant get in...but then again people says (?) it pays alot XD yeah, i picked biology because some year 12s at our school said that biology is basically memorizing a lot of stuff. good luck to you too and thanks again

    at the moment geography seems like the odd one out . . . my school have a one week trail period this year before we official start IB in Sept but my time table crash, so i won't be able to try out geography lessons :/
    Glad to help , and if you are decent at maths you will end up getting quite high grades ( have you done IGCSE maths ? or any equivalent ? if so what grade did you get ? ) . Maybe you could search up a few geography internal assessments and read them to give you an idea of whether you'd enjoy it or even search some revision notes to see what its like since you can't attend the trial class another option could be visiting a bookshop or library and you could read some of the IB geography book maybe that could help you make up your mind .
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    - i just finished my igcse exams a few weeks back and we haven't gotten the grades back yet.
    - great idea! i've got a good friend who's in geography HL trail lessons but I should probably find some first hand information about the course
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    (Original post by PumpkinNox13009)
    - i just finished my igcse exams a few weeks back and we haven't gotten the grades back yet.
    - great idea! i've got a good friend who's in geography HL trail lessons but I should probably find some first hand information about the course

    Same about the IGCSE exams but what I meant was what do you predict ?
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    probably C or B?
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    (Original post by PumpkinNox13009)
    hello, I'm new here so sorry if I'm doing this forum thing wrong haha

    I'm currently yr 10 and will take IB next year, the current subjects I've picked are
    HL Eng Lit
    HL History
    HL Geography
    Math Studies
    SL Chinese Language & Literature
    SL Biology

    I'm just worried about what to take at University and what sort of career path there are, and if I should change one of my subjects. A lot of careers I googled are oral-oriented (I'm not good at public speaking) or otherwise is so competitive they need some ridiculously high qualification like masters or something.

    Also, I'm wondering how hard the subjects are, particularly History, Geo & Chinese? Because
    1. everyone says history and geo in IB is really hard and it's really really hard to get a 7
    2. I'm a native Chinese speaker so i'm not allowed to pick Language B, but I really suck at Chinese writing, I can't remember enough characters. With reading, I can understand well enough, it's the writing part I struggle with. Is there anything I can do or do I just have to study Chinese like crazy? I'm worried I'll get a 2 or something and affecting my entrance to uni especially since people say UK universities require very high IB marks, and ideally I want to study eng lit in UK (though again, for what reason other than interest, I have no idea)

    That combination is fine, it's basically the same as mine except I did SL French instead of Chinese. History I got a 7 in and I got a 6 in Geography, and that was with minimal effort. I'd recommend doing them both, along with English lit.
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    thanks Calllu-m!

    wow how did you get a 7 in history? :eek: i heard its near impossible to achieve
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    (Original post by Calllu-m)
    That combination is fine, it's basically the same as mine except I did SL French instead of Chinese. History I got a 7 in and I got a 6 in Geography, and that was with minimal effort. I'd recommend doing them both, along with English lit.
    Wow a 7 in HL history , that's amazing !! If you don't mind me asking what was your total score ? and what are you studying at uni ?
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    (Original post by PumpkinNox13009)
    probably C or B?
    I once read an article that said if you get an A* in IGCSE math then go for HL and if you get A/B then go for SL and if you get C or less then go for studies so I guess you will be more than fine in studies if you're between a C and B .
    Good luck
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    (Original post by Dandoona1998)
    Wow a 7 in HL history , that's amazing !! If you don't mind me asking what was your total score ? and what are you studying at uni ?
    Thanks! I got 776 (English lit, history, geography) 665 (French, Biology, Maths Studies) + 2 (A in EE, C in ToK) so 39 overall.

    I study Arabic and International Relations with Persian and history modules as extras.
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    (Original post by Calllu-m)
    Thanks! I got 776 (English lit, history, geography) 665 (French, Biology, Maths Studies) + 2 (A in EE, C in ToK) so 39 overall.

    I study Arabic and International Relations with Persian and history modules as extras.
    That's amazing a 7 in English lit and history , wow I'm seriously amazed . Oh that's nice , I'm fluent in Arabic . Good luck
 
 
 
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