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How many HL courses do I need for the IB diploma?

I'm starting the IB program next year, and I'm not sure how many HL courses I need for the diploma. I've heard different numbers from a variety of sources, so I thought I'd ask here. What's the minimum number of HL courses required for the diploma? Thank you!

9 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're considering the IB diploma program. My child went through the program a couple of years back, so I've got some knowledge on this. To answer your question, you will need to take a minimum of 3 HL (Higher Level) courses and a maximum of 4 for the IB diploma program. On the other hand, you'll be taking SL (Standard Level) courses for the remaining subjects.

Remember, the overall requirement for the IB diploma program is to study 6 subjects, which include Language A, Language B, Individuals & Societies, Sciences, Mathematics, and The Arts (or a sixth subject from any of the other groups). Your choice of HL subjects can influence your acceptance into certain highly competitive programs in college, so choose wisely!

Good luck with your selections and I hope this clears up any confusion!

9 months ago

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