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    So I'm done with my IGCSEs and I got:
    A* in English as a First Language,
    B in Economics,
    A in Chemistry,
    A in Biology,
    A in Physics,
    B in Mathematics,
    A in ICT
    and B in Hindi as a Second Language.

    Now I'm continuing with IB and I'm considering the following subjects:
    English Language and Literature- HL
    French ab initio- SL
    Business Management- HL
    Psychology- SL
    Chemistry- HL
    Mathematical Studies- SL

    I'm unsure of doing Psychology and wouldn't mind swapping it with ITGS or Economics as a SL subject. Also, I'd considered doing Math SL before, but after receiving just a 'B' in my IGCSE exam, I'm not sure I'd be able to do it.

    I'm not sure of what I want to do after IB, or where I want to go - I live in India and am most probably sticking to my hometown colleges - but career-wise, I'm planning something business-y along with having an occupation as a beta reader/ book editor/ maybe writer.

    Are my subject choices alright?
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    (Original post by Bude8)
    Some universities are really starting to like the IB, and it's great preparation for university. It's a fair bit of work and it'll keep you busy, but a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.

    I think the IB HL science subjects are great courses, and that's probably the only bit that matters for Medicine.
    Oh cool thanks
    So what should I take for HL?
    What do u think will be the best combination for oxbridge?
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    (Original post by diana99)
    Oh cool thanks
    So what should I take for HL?
    What do u think will be the best combination?
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    HL Chemistry and Bio, rest are entirely up to you.
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    (Original post by Bude8)
    HL Chemistry and Bio, rest are entirely up to you.
    What about oxbridge in particular? The same?:yes:

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    (Original post by diana99)
    What about oxbridge in particular? The same?:yes:

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    Check their websites. Though I am pretty sure HL Bio and Chem is all you need.
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    (Original post by gkkiller)
    Oh really? I actually heard that there was a huge difference between HL and SL Art. I'm fairly good at sketching, but otherwise not that much into art, so I think I'll be average-ish. On the other hand, I quite like Economics after studying it in IGCSE for the past three years, and from what I've seen of the class, it's not that much of a jump between IGCSE Economics and IB Economics. If what you say is true, I may decide after a few weeks of class to switch Eco down to SL and Art up to HL.
    Well that's what my friend's art teacher told her, I recommend you ask your too just to be on the safe side!

    As someone that has also done IGCSE economics and is taking HL economics I can confidently say that there is a HUGE difference between IGCSE and IB economics (more similar at SL but barely, HL is a completely different matter!). Trust me, doing IGCSE will only help you at the beginning of each topic as you already know the basics but that's the only way it'll give you a one up. But nonetheless, its a pretty easy subject so you should be fine if you enjoy it and did well in IGCSE economics.
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    Hello guys, I am in grade 11 and I am currently in the first year of IB diploma. I live in Canada.
    I am looking forward studying medicine in University, and I understand that the best combination of subjects is chem, bio, math in HL. However, my school only allows students to take either Chem HL or Bio HL, and English HL is MANDATORY (strange rule). Now I am taking Chem HL, English HL, Math HL, physics SL, History HL and Mandarin SL. I am thinking about taking Biology 11 or 12(in regular BC school system) in summer school, do you guys think that would help? Also what is good to do for CAS(extra corriculum)?
    Thanks so much if anyone can help ^^
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    Hello everyone! I'm starting the IB this year in February and still can't decide on the subjects I would like to take...
    Currently, my choices are:
    English Language & Literature HL
    Spanish B SL
    Economics HL
    Maths SL
    Physics HL
    Chemistry SL
    I would love to study Computer Science at University, however, the school doesn't offer Maths HL so I'm stuck on SL. With that said, I'm still very much unsure about my choices, what I want to do in the future. I could study something like International Relations, Law or perhaps... biotechnology? Since I am still making decisions, I want to keep my options as open as possible. Which science subjects would you suggest? Physics is the only one I like out of Physics, Chemistry and Biology so I would want to include that. Economics is a sure choice as well. I'm deciding on the last subject, wondering if I should take Chemistry, Biology or some humanities subject like Geography. I would like the take that subject at HL if possible because language is not a strong point for me.
    I would very much appreciate any opinions, advices. Thanks a lot for reading this and for any help received!
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    Hi What are the books you recommend for IB mathematics (SL)?
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    (Original post by BigFudamental)
    Yea definitely. If you think there's no way you'll do well at maths hl then clearly do sl instead. But be sure about it, there's some pretty good books for IB mathematics out there and you can teach yourself a lot of it if your teacher is crap.
    Which books do you recommend for IB mathematics?
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    (Original post by floraljade)
    Hello everyone! I'm starting the IB this year in February and still can't decide on the subjects I would like to take...
    Currently, my choices are:
    English Language & Literature HL
    Spanish B SL
    Economics HL
    Maths SL
    Physics HL
    Chemistry SL
    I would love to study Computer Science at University, however, the school doesn't offer Maths HL so I'm stuck on SL. With that said, I'm still very much unsure about my choices, what I want to do in the future. I could study something like International Relations, Law or perhaps... biotechnology? Since I am still making decisions, I want to keep my options as open as possible. Which science subjects would you suggest? Physics is the only one I like out of Physics, Chemistry and Biology so I would want to include that. Economics is a sure choice as well. I'm deciding on the last subject, wondering if I should take Chemistry, Biology or some humanities subject like Geography. I would like the take that subject at HL if possible because language is not a strong point for me.
    I would very much appreciate any opinions, advices. Thanks a lot for reading this and for any help received!
    Hello there!

    I'm currently in my 2nd year of IB (exams in May) so I'll get you clued up.

    The first thing I'd say is not to do chemistry unless universities specifically require it or you are good at maths. It's just a lot of learning, that if you don't need, don't take it (this is me speaking from personal experience). I also take SL Geography and I love it. It's quite an easy course (depending on the options taken) and its easy points in the bag. Biology HL isn't too bad but there's a lot to learn and 7s don't come without work! Spanish at SL is very nice and so is English at HL. Depending on the works you study, its quite easy to get 5s and 6s.

    Hope this helps!
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    Hello everybody,

    I am thinking of studying law somewhere in England, possibly applying to some selective Unis, and I have these subjects:

    Bio HL
    Psychology HL
    English HL
    History HL

    Math SL
    French B SL

    I'm just wondering whether these classes will prepare me well for the demands of law school, and also if I should keep on going with 4 HLs or drop one down?

    Thank you
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    (Original post by goschowo)
    Hello everybody,

    I am thinking of studying law somewhere in England, possibly applying to some selective Unis, and I have these subjects:

    Bio HL
    Psychology HL
    English HL
    History HL

    Math SL
    French B SL

    I'm just wondering whether these classes will prepare me well for the demands of law school, and also if I should keep on going with 4 HLs or drop one down?

    Thank you
    Although I cannot speak from personal experience, I think that English, Psychology and History at higher level will certainly equip you with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary to study Law, as well as look good on your university application.

    Oxbridge, for instance, do not have any subject-specific requirements (unless you want to do French Law, in which case you should take HL French), yet I would say that the only HL subject you could possibly drop is Biology. For a Law applicant, Biology HL or SL will not really make a difference.

    To decide, you should consider the opportunity cost, in terms of time management, of doing Biology at higher level. In other words, whether the time spent learning plant science and the details of spermatogenesis will not impede scoring 7 in the more important subjects. If you have no problems memorizing some additional terminology and if you (at least moderately) enjoy Biology, I think you should be fine taking it at HL. However, if you do not really care about the biological processes, having to know all the additional stuff might become a burden.
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    Which subjects should I pick for group 3? Psychology or ITGS?
    NB: I am planning to take engineering or business majors for university...



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    I've only done GCSE equivalent Biology, Physics & Combined Science. I've never studied Chemistry on its own, however, I'd like to pursue HL Chemistry & Biology because I hope to study biomedical sciences. Am I at a big disadvantage in pursuing HL Chemistry?
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    Hi guys! Sorry to bother you. I'm a Y11 student and I made my IB choices in February but I can still change them. I really want to study the psychology course at Cambridge and because the website said Biology and/or Maths, and I didn't want to do HL Biology because my school had already chosen ecology as the option topic, and I love Maths, these were my choices:

    HL Maths
    HL Physics
    HL History

    SL English Lit
    SL Spanish B
    SL Economics

    But now the website has changed so that there aren't any "highly desirable" subjects, only "useful preparation", and those subjects are Biology, Chemistry, Maths and a humanity. I don't really like Chemistry that much at the moment because I have a really boring teacher, but I'm in the top science set in my school and predicted A* for the GCSE. (I know about HL Maths, by the way, and I love it and I'm fairly sure I can do it.) So now I'm thinking of changing it to:

    HL Maths
    HL Chemistry
    HL History

    SL English
    SL Spanish
    SL Physics

    But the college I want to apply to, Sidney Sussex, hasn't changed its website, which still says Biology and/or Maths. I'd rather study the first set of options than the second, but I really don't want to do Biology and I want to improve my chances of getting in.

    Should I change? (Also, would doing HL Physics and SL Chemistry do anything for my chances...?)

    Thanks so much.
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    I'm starting DP in September and I have some doubts about my subjects. Long story short, I am from Bosnia but I got an offer from Brentwood school and I plan on finishing DP there.
    At this point I have already decided three subjects that I am going to study.
    HL Math
    SL English Literature
    Ab initio Italian
    Now the problem is that I need three more subjects from which two of them must be on HL. I would like to do something math-oriented in my future so I ask you which subjects should I take?
    Physics, Computer Science, Buissnes, Economics...?
    Heeelp
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    (Original post by DzanYNWA)
    I'm starting DP in September and I have some doubts about my subjects. Long story short, I am from Bosnia but I got an offer from Brentwood school and I plan on finishing DP there.
    At this point I have already decided three subjects that I am going to study.
    HL Math
    SL English Literature
    Ab initio Italian
    Now the problem is that I need three more subjects from which two of them must be on HL. I would like to do something math-oriented in my future so I ask you which subjects should I take?
    Physics, Computer Science, Buissnes, Economics...?
    Heeelp
    If you're choosing three of those four, I would choose Physics, Computer Science and Economics. Universities don't like Economics and Business when taken together, and Economics, rightly or not, is more highly regarded. Doing Physics HL would probably increase your chances of admission for something maths-y. Apart from that, I don't think it matters.

    Hope that helps!

    (Please will someone answer my q on the last page?)
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    What about chemistry SL? So the final choice would be something like this:
    HL Math
    HL Physics
    HL Eco/Buisness

    SL English
    SL ab initio Italian
    SL Chemistry

    Do you reckon it will be hard?
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    (Original post by DzanYNWA)
    What about chemistry SL? So the final choice would be something like this:
    HL Math
    HL Physics
    HL Eco/Buisness

    SL English
    SL ab initio Italian
    SL Chemistry

    Do you reckon it will be hard?
    HL Maths is hard, but if you're mathsy enough for that you should be able to manage everything else. Ab initio language courses are apparently quite difficult- I wouldn't choose it as an easy option. But you'd have to talk to someone more experienced than me- I did a lot of research for my own choices, but I'm still only in Y11.

    Good luck!
 
 
 
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