The IB Program
Pros and Cons
The International Baccalaureate is one of the most well-known educational programme, which is taught in three different languages, English, French and Spanish. The International Baccalaureate is based on practices from national systems of education around the world. It was originally designed to help students from different countries an education credential, so that universities in any country would easily understand it. The IB diploma was reportedly first developed in an international school in Geneva. The program still maintains a similar structure from the early twenty-first century. It requires students to take six subjects write an extended essay, participation in the theory of knowledge, and have at least 50 hours of creative, action, and service (CAS). IB exams are graded from numbers 1-7, 1 being the lowest and 7 being the highest. The students’ work is looked over by several examiners, whose assessments are moderated by an international examining board.
For a student to receive an International Baccalaureate Diploma students must receive at least 24 points, if a student fails to receive 24 points the candidate does not receive a diploma, instead receiving only a certificate. The IB program is a conscientious two-year program and it is all about excellence. There fore it is not a stress free program. I can guarantee that you will endure many over nighters. Most IB coordinators will recommend students to have a strong passion in work, good time management and strong study skills.
The IB program most definitely has its pros and cons. To take the IB diploma is a choice, therefore when you enter the IB programs you should know what you’re in for, work, work, work, and more work but it all pays off in the end. An IB graduate student said, “Taking the IB program, was the hardest two years in [her] life, but after graduating everything was so much easier.” It is also said that the IB program is first year college level, therefore in the United States when you enter a college you’ll be considered a sophomore, and not freshman. IB students also finish high school earlier than others. The IB diploma is steadily being viewed as a strong ‘indicator of academic promise and achievement.’ It has been said that colleges readily accept students with an IB background.
The question remains why would anybody torture himself or herself and go through with the rigorous two years of IB. For one, you receive a high level of recognition in 102 countries. Universities welcome the IB diplomas, because it presents students academic discipline.