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Top 10 Tips to Get a 45 in the IB

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  1. Focus on understanding and learning, not grades

This might seem counterintuitive, but the best way to get a great score is to focus less on the numbers and more on whether you’re actually learning everything. This should be the priority—the grades will follow.

  1. Choose subjects you enjoy

Pick your classes carefully, especially your higher-level courses—choosing ones you are genuinely interested in will definitely motivate you to go the extra mile for them. If you happen to score well then that would mean high chances of getting into your dream college!

  1. Plan ahead

The key to managing the workload of this program is to think ahead. You should have a plan to balance your internal assessments, coursework, test preparation, and college applications to make sure you aren’t overwhelmed with work senior year. Try making a to-do list or calendar for each month to keep you on track.

  1. Pace yourself

Your school will probably have plenty of midterms or internal examinations before you sit for the actual IB tests. You will do well on some of them and not-so-well on others. Remember that you’re in it for the long haul and you have two years to work out any issues and do your best on the finals. But make sure to not make a mistake twice, analyze yourself and your works, keep a journal to track your progress.

  1. Maximize your internal assessments

The internal assessments are your opportunity to boost your grades even before taking the exams. Do not consider it to be small like others, that would already put you in a top position. It’s worth putting in some effort here since you have much more control over how you perform and score than you do under examination conditions.

  1. Don’t neglect the Extended Essay

The EE takes a fair bit of time, and getting it right is trickier than it seems at first. Start on it relatively early—you may find you need more time than you expect. Practice! Practice and Practice!

  1. Don’t be afraid of switching directions

Whether it’s switching courses, swapping between Standard Level and Higher Level, or changing your internal assessment or Extended Essay topics, you will definitely encounter at least one situation where the path you’re on is a dead end and you change tracks. This is okay—don’t be afraid of change if it is what makes the most sense.

  1. Don’t be afraid to ask your teachers for help

This is really important in the IB because there is so much more to it than examinations. You need to be willing to reach out to your teachers for help, whether it is with understanding something from class or with an internal assessment or project. Communicate with them as much as possible, their feedbacks could be the most valuable asset you can have for this exam.

  1. Practice with real tests

Once you’ve completed the course material and feel confident that you understand it, spend some time practicing with past IB examinations under exam conditions. Make sure to keep a separate time for revisions and practice papers. Try to get hands-on almost all possible previous tests or mock tests as possible.

  1. Prioritize your mental health

You should never get stressed out about any academic achievement, including trying to score a 45. You’ll do much better on your tests if you are in a good frame of mind. So remember to take care of yourself, and give yourself room to breathe where you need it. Check on your sleeping pattern, have a better diet, make time for yourself and your close ones.

It all comes down to how you want to live your future, there is no need for regret if you make it right the first time. All the best and make sure to follow these tips.

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