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ajbananacatfishajbananacatfish 5 replies5 threads New Member
Is IB worth it? Or will it benefit my applications since I'm in the program, taking AP's, and honors?
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 84666 replies752 threads Senior Member
    It really depends on how well it fits you.

    Broadly speaking, IB is a very structured curriculum (rather than an a-la-carte selection of courses) with specific offerings of higher versus standard level course options (HL and SL, determined by your school). IB courses are generally regarded as a lot of work.

    If you are willing to do a lot of work, want a well rounded curriculum, your school offers HL in your best subjects, and you are not super-advanced in any subject (e.g. math, such as taking calculus in 10th grade or earlier), then IB may be a good option for you.
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  • ajbananacatfishajbananacatfish 5 replies5 threads New Member
    Will it help me more into any Ivy's? Also I'm becoming a sophomore in high school and in my freshmen year I've gotten only one B. Will that affect my gpa by a lot. Also, how is your gpa seen by colleges. Do they look at only your first semester of junior year or?
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  • tkoparenttkoparent 521 replies11 threads Member
    If you are talking about the IB Diploma program, you need to look at the program carefully and see whether it works for you. It is highly-structured and a lot of work. Schools do like the IB Diploma program because it is rigorous and provides good preparation for college, but, basically, schools want to see that you are taking the most rigorous courses available at your school, so AP and honors are also good. It's not really a "which one will help me get into X school" kind of question.
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