A Comparison of the IB and AP Programs
|ADVANCED PLACEMENT||INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
|National Standard of Excellence||International Standard of Excellence
|College level courses||Comprehensive curriculum of college-level work
|Encourages academically talented students||Encourages academically talented and highly motivated students|
|Courses and Exams|
|Students generally take AP exams in areas of strength.||Six exams in six subject areas are required for the IB Diploma.
Students must prepare in all areas: strengths as well as weaknesses.
|Students do not have to be enrolled in an authorized school.||Students must be enrolled in an authorized I.B. school.
|Exams are graded externally through ETS and student marks assigned.||Scores include teacher assessments as well as external assessments constructed and graded by educators from throughout the world.
|Exams based on specific content of courses.
Emphasis is on multiple choice.
|Exams based on broad, general understanding of concepts and fundamental themes. Exam questions emphasize essay writing.
|Oral exam in foreign language.||Oral assessment in language A & B and other disciplines.
Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge, Creativity, Action and Service.
|Policies are determined by national educators.||Policies are determined by international educators.|