A Note on Class Allocations

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No doubt many of you (especially those in IP) would have friends who you would very much like to have in your class through the next two years in IB. In which case, you’re probably trying to maximise your chances of getting into the same class by coordinating your subject selection with your friend. Your seniors have been through the same experience, and have tried many different ways of trying to end up in the same class together. Here’s a guide to what has worked and what hasn’t:

  • The order of your subjects does not matter. i.e if you put Biology, Chemistry and then Mathematics HL, you’re equally likely to end up in the same class if your friend put Math, Chem, Bio HL.
  • The time at which you submit your form does not matter. Seniors in previous batches have submitted the exact same subject combinations in the exact same order at the exact same time and still ended up in different classes.
  • Your best bet of ending up in the same class is to choose a standard science combination and (hopefully, but not definitely) ending up in the same class together. Such subject combinations would include BCM with Econs and Langlit at SL (for which there are 2 intact classes in the Year 6 batch), or PCM with Econs and Langlit at SL.
    (For more information on the difference between Intact and Non-intact classes, see here)
  • Your SLs matter in determining whether you’re in an intact class, particularly for Econs and B&M. In terms of second languages, you could still end up in an intact class if you take Spanish ab initio, but not if you take French or another third language.
  • Regardless of everything that has been said about subject combinations for intact classes: there are people who have these very subject combinations and still end up in non-intact classes, e.g. PCM as HL and Econs, Chinese and Langlit as SL.
  • For non-intact combinations, it really depends on how the classes are split. Those taking ab initio and those taking second languages with small cohorts tend to be grouped together. Similar combinations have a higher chance of being in the same class. Identical combinations should be placed in the same class.
  • Or you could vie for the Humanities Scholarship Programme (HSP) and be immediately drafted into a class of HSP students.

And finally, most importantly of all, if you are planning to change your subject combination just to be in the same class as a friend, just don’t. Like, just don’t. It will be the first mistake you will ever make in your IB journey, and a horrible one at that. Changing subjects halfway is not a wise decision either: intact students have to move to a new class, and non-intact students may get stuck in a class with classmates they share few to no classes with. It’s definitely not worth jeopardising your future just to be in the same class as your friend (plus, you’ll still see each other in school anyway). All that said, have fun selecting your subjects!

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