• Similarities of AP and IB


    l     Both are rigorous programs devoted to educational experience with high performance expectations for students and faculty

    l     Both attract highly motivated students who wish to excel academically

    l     Both receive additional weight in calculating GPA

    l     Both involve highly dedicated and creative teachers committed to their students, disciplines, and profession

    l     Both use external assessments and evaluators to score assessments

    l     Both offer extensive professional development opportunities for teachers and administrators

    l     Both are recognized by most US universities for consideration for college credit or advanced standing

    l     Both rely on objectivity and fairness in scoring assessments, removing personality and personal influence from the assessment system. Scores are based on the quality of wok evaluated against a set criteria or standard.


    Differences between AP and IB


    Advanced Placement Program

    International Baccalaureate Program

    l     National standard of excellence

    l     AP consists of independent courses for students who may excel in only one or two academic disciplines

    l     College level courses


    l     AP scores are based solely on the AP exam

    l     AP exams are multiple choice and short-answer or essay exams

    l     Exams are based on in-depth mastery of specific concepts within a given subject

    l     Any student may take AP exams; IB students may take AP exams

    l     AP teachers work within their discipline; independent of other academic areas

    l     AP students form peer groups within individual classes

    l     AP recognizes high achievement on AP exams through the AP scholars program

    l     Policies are determined by national educators


    l     International standard of excellence

    l     IB is a 2 yr well-rounded education program with 6 areas of study, an extended essay, TOK and CAS

    l     Comprehensive curriculum of college level work

    l     IB scores are based on classroom work and on IB exams

    l     IB exams are all short answer or essay exams

    l     Exams are based on broad general understanding of concepts and fundamental themes

    l     Only IB students enrolled in IB courses may take IB exams and receive IB credit

    l     IB teachers work as a team to connect curriculum across the disciplines


    l     IB seeks to create a cohort or peer group around all academics

    l     Successful IB candidates receive an IB diploma for the full program or IB certificate for individual courses taken

    l     Opportunities exist for the participation of the teacher and local school in shaping curriculum and international policies

Last Modified on November 25, 2019