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How do colleges evaluate AP and IB courses?

Hey! I'm taking a mix of AP and IB courses, and I'm wondering how colleges evaluate these classes. Do they view them as equally rigorous? Is one more impressive than the other to admissions officers? Thanks for any guidance!

11 months ago

Hello! It's great to hear that you're taking a mix of AP and IB courses. Both Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are recognized by colleges as challenging and rigorous options for high school students. When colleges evaluate these courses, they typically consider the overall academic rigor of your schedule, as well as how you perform in these courses. They may also look at how other students from your school perform in these courses to get an idea of the difficulty level.

It's important to remember that there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer for how colleges view AP and IB courses. Some colleges may have a preference for one program over the other, while others view them as equally impressive. It's a good idea to research the specific colleges you're interested in to see how they treat AP and IB classes in the admissions process.

In general, though, the fact that you're taking a mix of AP and IB courses shows that you're challenging yourself academically, which is always a positive in the eyes of college admissions officers. Good luck with your college applications!

11 months ago

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