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IB vs AP

FrenchSilkPieFrenchSilkPie Posts: 368Registered User Member
edited January 2007 in Prep School Admissions
I just went to the IB website, and I noticed that schools like Andover, Exeter, Choate, etc. do not offer the IB.

Is everyone here just doing AP? What is the main difference between the two?

I am looking for IB schools, because it is international and *so* many more colleges and universities accept it worldwide, and I believe the AP is more accepted here.

Is that why everyone is taking the AP? Going to US universities? Which is better?
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  • PurpoisePalPurpoisePal Posts: 1,644Registered User Member
    IB is harder but boarding schools generally go past AP.

    IB is internationally accepted, but unless you're not applying to American universities, you don't have to worry about it.
  • bearcatsbearcats Posts: 4,316Registered User Senior Member
    "IB is harder"
    completely biased statement

    for example, AP Physics C is considerably harder than IB physics - known fact

    AP is almost more widely accepted by east coast colleges
  • PurpoisePalPurpoisePal Posts: 1,644Registered User Member
    I'm on the AP system, and my school is better than probably most IB schools, but I'm saying that in general, as a whole, the IB system is regarded as more rigorous than AP.

    But that's just because a lot of bad schools have AP and the international schools have IB, and they're better than inner-city public schools.
  • bearcatsbearcats Posts: 4,316Registered User Senior Member
    all the top BS go on the AP system...AP is more broad, about 30 subjects...my school offers 26
  • sugerkimsugerkim Posts: 388Registered User Member
    The IB program spans over many more years. It can be started in elementary school, but is generally started in the middle years program which ends in 10th grade. IB requires you to take 5 academic subjects, while AP lets you chose which courses you want to take the test in. IB also requires community service.
    Both can be equally challenging depending on the school. International universities will often list requirements for both for foreign applicants. One is not better than the other, just different
  • sabregiel121sabregiel121 Posts: 346Registered User Member
    coming from a school w/ one of north america's highest pass rates, IB can be veryvery stressful at times, but alot of it depends on whether or not you choose to do full diploma- cuz thats liek taking 6 AP classes at once, and you CANT miss an IB deadline. basically if u miss it then u loose the chance to test in that class cuz its alll internationally based. the fees can be pretty high too. >.<
    overall idk it can be a very good program, u just have to go to a good one. cuz not all of them are good. like iknow where ilive in sacramento theres been a few attempts to sort of copy the IB program, but :D course no one has come even close to our pass rates.
    -the teachers can be a little snotty tho, think theyre on top of everything just cuz theyve got all these smart students sucking up to them... our school had alot of languages- chinese, japanese, spanish, french, german, and russian. (well.. russian doesnt really count cuz its not an IB testing class but w/e)
  • sabregiel121sabregiel121 Posts: 346Registered User Member
    oh and idk it is more prominent in the uk just cuz the whole two yr thing happens to fit in w/ their standard education program thing- also it would allow students to be more well rounded as opposed to just having an A level in physics or maths or something.

    Woot! go mira loma hs!! (hehe but then again ileft like 3 months ago and now im going ot idyllwild... :D)
  • bearcatsbearcats Posts: 4,316Registered User Senior Member
    APs allow students to be more well-rounded than IBs do if a student genuinely want to... there are so many more subjects you can choose from
  • ChunkyTChunkyT Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    You know you're in IB when......

    -You can see individual air molecules vibrating.
    -While writing a TOK paper, you begin to actually understand the material.
    -You begin speaking in a language that only you and fellow IB-ers can understand.
    -You discover the aesthetic beauty of school supplies.
    -You begin to talk to yourself, then disagree about the subject, get into a nasty row about it, lose, and refuse to talk to yourself for the rest of the day.
    -You can spell "Baccalaureate".
    -"Friends" and "fellow IBers" are interchangeable.
    -You go to bed at 3AM and think, "Oh, it's an early night!"
    -Your favorite saying is "If I get a hundred on every test for the rest of the year..."
    -You've fooled yourself into believing that colleges actually care whether you're in IB or not.
    -You write sentences on multiple choice tests.
    -It's okay to fail, so long as you are not alone.
    -You frequently catch yourself saying "What?? We had homework??"
    -You manage to complete a semesters worth of homework the day before the term ends.
    -Your idea of impure thoughts is whether or not to copy math homework.
    -You have the library on speed dial.
    -You've developed an imprint of your book bag in your back.
    -Your books weigh more than you do.
    -You do your essays on the plane ride to school.
    -You consider giving up going to the bathroom permanently to give you more time to study.
    -You skip breakfast so you can get to school early to get in some extra cramming time to gain that "upper edge" on the rest of the class.
    -Pressed for time, you conclude a history essay with, "And they lived happily every after. Amen."
    -You actually worry about the 105% you have in math.
    -You find that you overreact when you get 2 points marked off on your homework.
    -The simplest words you know are at least 10 letters long.
    -When you are home sick, you can't help but wonder what work you're missing and what your homework is.
    -When you're watching TV, you feel guilty because not all of your homework is done.
    -You hyperventilate every time you see a traditional student, praying that you'll never become like them.
    -You actually put the apostrophe in front of the word "'cause."
    -You still gets kicks saying "Your epidermis is showing."
    -You think "getting high" is a reference to grades.
    -You think Saved By The Bell was a documentary.
    -Your idea of watching TV is the morning announcements.
    -You're one of the few people who realizes that Catcher in the Rye isn't about baseball.
    -You think MTV is a formula for mass, temperature and volume.
    -You worry about hyphens.
    -Free time?
    -You've mastered the art of procrastination so well that your research paper finishes printing just seconds before you have to leave for school.
    -You come 20 mins early to class hoping to get the best seats

    whats the message im trying to get across, IB is very tough, espcially math and languages and the fact that you have to do all these other things to get the diploma (CAS, Theory of Knowledge) It was hard for me to adapt but the worst has yet to come..
  • tommeistertommeister Posts: 1,295Registered User Member
    ^^Sounds fun!
  • Jonathan1Jonathan1 Posts: 5,744Registered User Senior Member
    It does, actually. lol.

    nice post, chunkyt
  • ChunkyTChunkyT Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    *takes a bow*

    thank you Jonathan

    call me chunky instead, its my actual nickname
  • sabregiel121sabregiel121 Posts: 346Registered User Member
    lol great post chunkyT- btw what year r u? did u do the middle years project? lol i started on it, was almost finished, then my retarded mentor lost it, ugh i was soo mad.
    for some reason, i seem to find that ib students tend to have super time management skills- like they can do thing like procrastinate on a term paper and do it ALL in one night. :D
  • ChunkyTChunkyT Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    im in 9th grade...pre ib....it was pretty tough for me to adapt in math because they dont just focus on the arithmetic, they require you to think a lot as well as write written answers...something i sucked at...

    yes, time management, self disicpline is kinda a key to success...i procrastinate so much that i should deserve a medal...but people still manage to get great marks
  • M4gici4nM4gici4n Posts: 255- Junior Member
    Hey Frenchsilkpie: You'll find lots of good information in the link below. This thread, although dormant currently, has become huge and debates IB vs. AP. Every1 from both sides (those that support AP and those that support IB) just started arguing and the posts started getting long and the debate went on for a loooong time. You'll find opinions on the nature of each courses, syllabus details and course toughness for e.g. I'm not gonna state my opinion on this, b/c I already posted a couple of long posts in the other thread.

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=281035
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