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Sun Jul 3,2016 11:40 PM

I'm starting IB this year and kinda have no idea subjects wise what I've got myself into :)

I've finished my GCSE exams and I'm pretty sure I've got an A/ maybe A* in Spanish but idk how much that means when the level of Spanish is much higher in the IB. I'm by no means fluent and will definitely not be close to fluent anytime soon :/

I really enjoy Spanish, and it seems like a decent course but the syllabus has really been no help for me deciding whether my Spanish is good enough to do it HL haha. Will it still be improving my grammar, vocabulary as well as studying Spanish books and culture.. Ect?

Any help would be muchly appreciated <3
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Mon Jul 4,2016 03:10 AM

If you are no where close to fluent, don't do HL. It would be best if you would do ab intio. However if you would like you could try SL. But if you really believe that you are not that fluent, ab intio would be the best choice.
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Mon Jul 4,2016 07:28 AM

I'm not even close to be to fluent but my teacher recommended me to take Spanish SL so ahah you don't have to be fluent, but yeah I would recommend SL and not hl although according to my teacher hl papers were easier this year than SL
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Mon Jul 4,2016 02:47 PM

in reply to the people above, if you have a previous qualification such as a GCSE, you unfortunately cannot take ab initio spanish.
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Fri May 11,2018 07:37 AM

Probably super late, but anyways... I took Spanish B HL and my Spanish wasn’t fluent, not even close to fluent. And it’s actually not that hard to score good grades when your Spanish isn’t fluent. All you gotta do is past papers, and you will notice that with every past paper I got between grades everytime.
For paper 1(comprehension) there is a pattern: Question 1 is at the very beginning of the given text, the last question at the bottom of the text. What I recommend for paper 1 is looking for the words used in the question in the text. And for synonyms: Start with the ones you know for sure, and then do the ones you don’t know for sure. If they ask you to “plug in” missing words just go with each word and see which one makes sense the most (if you don’t know what word to plug in). Also pay attention to the articles.
For paper 2 (composition): look at the formats for a text type, because it will unfortunately affect your grade if you don’t have the right format. And look at vocabulary!!
Also when choosing between SL and Hl: There is not a big difference between SL and HL. SL papers are supposed to be easier. However, I did a SL past paper (paper 1) once, and I found it harder than HL....

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