Is AP or IB better?
I have the option of taking AP or IB classes or full IB diploma at my high school. Is there a reason whether to take one over the other? Does full IB diploma look good on a college application (better than lots of AP classes)? #ap #ib #high-school
I personally took both AP and IB in high school and participated in both end-of-the year tests. To be as direct as possible, if you plan to attend a university after high school, then AP is the way to go. You will earn more credit through AP classes which will not only save you money in the long run, but also time that you would have spent on required general education classes. IB is accepted globally, hence the name, but from my own experiences (as an IB diploma holder) it doesn't differentiate you from the AP crowd. IB is generally more for the experience while AP is more of a head-start on college. Good luck!
Sheryl T. Smikle,’s Answer
Hello, thanks for your question. AP refers to specific courses you can take while a high school junior or senior. IB refers to an entire course of study (usually within an IB school but not always). So, it really depends on what you have available. AP is certainly more common and familiar to US college admissions reps. However, IB is not unfamiliar to them. .
Sheryl T. Smikle, recommends the following next steps:
- You might want to reach out to refer to the FAQs of colleges you are interested to see if this topic is addressed. At any rate, both paths demonstrate academic rigor