Is the IB Programme really beneficial? - FAQ for Parents and Students

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Is the IB Programme really beneficial? - FAQ for Parents and Students

Date posted: Jun 14, 2017 11:43:50       Posted by: Teachers-to-GO!

Is the IB Programme really beneficial? - FAQ for Parents and Students

Written by: Beulah Joy Lejano


What is the IB Programme?

The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme originated from Geneva, Switzerland in 1968.

It is an intense curriculum for high school juniors and seniors with much emphasis on the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills development of students to equip for post-secondary education and beyond.

The IB diploma is an internationally-recognized entry requirement used by most universities around the world.


What are the IB diploma’s subject groups and course offerings?


The IB has six main areas of study:

Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature

Group 2: Language Acquisition (a foreign language course)

Group 3: Individuals and Societies (History, Economics, Geography, other social sciences)

Group 4: Experimental Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, other sciences)

Group 5: Mathematics

Group 6: The Arts (Dance, Theater, Visual Arts, etc.)

You are required to enroll in one course from Groups 1-5, and either one from Group 6 or an additional course from the other groups.

The three other core requirements for IB programme include:

·         Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course

·         Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) – learning outside the classroom

·         Extended Essay (EE) – 4,000 words


How does a student earn an IB diploma?

To earn an IB diploma, you have to enroll at an IB-approved school and take courses from the six subjects. You need to successfully comply with the requirements, pass the exams, and complete three additional core requirements.

During assessment period, a student can get a maximum score of 7 points for each of the six main subjects; thus, the total highest score for all six subjects is 42 points.

Depending on the TOK and EE grades, a maximum 3 bonus points can be added, which brings the total maximum IB score to 45 points.


Is the IB Diploma Programme enough to meet the national requirements for the completion of a secondary or high school degree?

The IB Diploma Programme is currently being offered in almost 150 countries around the world, making it an internationally-recognized national qualification for university entry.


How successful are IBDP students in applying to their university of choice?

Students with an IB diploma have the privilege of being accepted to their university of choice. There are even academic institutions that completely waive general education requirements for students who have completed the full IB diploma.

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