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Taking the IB Exam without the course: Is it possible?

Hi there! I've heard about people taking AP exams without taking the course, and I was wondering if it's possible to do the same for IB exams. Can anyone here provide some insight on whether this is allowed, and if so, how to go about it? Thanks in advance!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're exploring different academic opportunities. While it's true that you can take AP exams without taking the actual AP course, taking IB exams without enrolling in the Diploma Programme (DP) or the Career-related Programme (CP) is typically not possible or recommended.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) exam is designed to assess your understanding of the comprehensive curriculum taught in the DP or CP. These courses involve both internal and external assessments, as well as in-depth project work and the Extended Essay, which are crucial components of the IB system. Therefore, it is immensely challenging to prepare for IB exams without taking the course.

However, you can try talking to your school's IB coordinator about your options. They might be able to guide you on whether it's possible at your school or recommend alternatives. For more information on the IB program, you can check out this CollegeVine blog post: https://blog.collegevine.com/what-is-an-ib-certificate/. I hope this helps!

9 months ago

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