AP vs. Honors vs. IB Article Type: Fight Club
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Big pro here if you are in a high school outside of the United States, as an IB diploma is considered by most colleges as a standard, rigorous curriculum. In fact, most colleges consider success in any IB program a good indicator that you will succeed in college, as the curriculum is designed to develop the critical-thinking skills needed to do well.
Apart from the fact that some schools don’t offer AP courses, which could limit your options… the cons are about the same as Honors courses. Make sure you can deal with the load so they won’t bog you down. If you are up for it, though, take as many AP’s as you can handle… without going certifiably insane.
Honors courses will be, well… harder. More… honor-y. There is more material to cover and more work. While all students, not just the top bananas, should consider honors classes, try to find a balance so you can build a solid transcript without getting overwhelmed by your coursework. You don’t want to put your brain on overload, have it crash and wind up in… Honors Psychotherapy.
No floating allowed here. The curriculum is rigorous, and requires a great deal of student motivation and independence Assessments are graded by outside, IB evaluators, with points awarded for quality (so sucking up to your teacher won’t help.) You may also consider it a con that the IB program is not available in most high schools, although the number is growing.
Bet on AP Courses If: you are up for the challenge, your school offers the courses that match your interests and skills, and you like to save time and money. Or if you think it will help you get Jenny Hoover’s phone number (it won’t).
Bet on Honors Courses If: There are subjects that interest you and match your skills, and you are willing to take on the additional content and work. And if three witches said you could become king by taking them. It’s worth a shot.
Bet on IB if... The program is offered at your high school, and you are a motivated student up for the course load.