Article by: Emmy Nam
Photography by: Maxine Alindogan
At last, the extremely anticipated, yet dreaded, IB predicted scores will finally come out this week. For seniors, IB predicted grades are seen as one of the largest factors for college admissions, so they are willing to work tirelessly in hopes of good outcomes. Due to this, seniors are overloaded with anxiety and stress as they await what may or may not determine which college they are admitted to. A prime example of seniors in distress is Danielle Limcaoco, president of her senior batch, who stated, “I once had a mental breakdown over IB predicted scores. I am a piece of paper and IB is tearing me apart.” Although many seniors have similar feelings toward IB scores, some are not as worried over it. Tomas Matias voiced, “IB predicted scores are no big deal; we already have a good idea of what our scores will be from last year’s grades.”
To ease the minds of many apprehensive upperclassmen, BT conducted an interview with one of the junior and senior counselors, Mr. Doug Mcqueen, for a more accurate view on the weight of IB predicted scores in college applications. Firstly, Mr. Mcqueen wanted to make the point that IB predicted scores may play a large or small role in the application process depending on where a student is applying to. Secondly, “college application is a holistic process. Universities look at many other things besides academics and predicted IB scores, such as letters of recommendation, college essays, and extracurriculars.” Mr. Mcqueen emphasized that IB predicted grades are not the end of the world if they do not meet one’s expectations, as various factors and other aspects weigh into college applications. Lastly, after predicted scores are distributed, a student should not be intimidated or pressured to do more, but rather, should “trust and have confidence in the given predicted grades from ISM teachers, as they are very accurate and reliant in their predictions.”
Overall, some words of wisdom from Mr. Mcqueen are that there will always be a college fit for each student despite their predicted score. Also, if students are unhappy with their predicted grades, there is always time to improve them after reflecting on what they’ve done in the past. Thus, seniors should try not to get discouraged by them or worry immensely over these predicted scores, but should instead focus on other aspects of their application to become motivated, well rounded, and unique students that colleges seek.