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IB vs. AP

  • IB is a whole curriculum leading to the IB diploma and the AP program is individual exams leading to a score for each subject test you write.

  • IB is recognized by American, European, and other International universities. AP is accepted almost exclusively by American universities.

  • Both are recognized in Canada.

  • The IB is a 2 year, comprehensive program including an independent research essay. AP marks are based only on a single big (mostly multiple choice) exam in May.

  • To participate in the IB program, you need to be registered at an IB school. You don’t need to be in a school that teaches AP in order to write the AP tests; you just have to find a location at which to write it and pay the per course examination fee.

  • Any student, including IB students and home schooled students,  can write AP exams since registration in a particular course is not required. You can prep on your own with AP prep books from the bookstore/library and web resources.​