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Are IB courses really harder than AP courses?

Hey! I'm trying to decide between taking AP and IB courses, and I've heard that IB courses are more challenging than AP courses. Is this true or just a myth? Thanks for your input!

9 months ago

Hi there! The decision between AP and IB courses can be a difficult one, so I'm glad you're seeking input. The perceived difficulty of both can vary depending on the specific subject and teacher, but in general, they do have different structures and expectations.

AP courses focus primarily on teaching you a specific subject at a college-level, and success is determined by your performance on the year-end AP exam. IB courses, on the other hand, are part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which is a comprehensive curriculum encompassing six subjects, as well as additional components like Theory of Knowledge and CAS hours. IB courses often emphasize critical thinking, global perspective, and the connections between different subjects. As a result, some students may find the IB curriculum more demanding or time-consuming due to its broader scope.

In the end, the best choice for you will depend on your individual strengths, interests, and academic goals. Best of luck with your decision!

9 months ago

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