Is the IB or University Harder? An Expert's Perspective

Graduating from the International Baccalaureate (IB) program and now studying at a prestigious university, I can confidently say that the IB is slightly easier than university. This is due to several reasons, which I will discuss in this article. The essential requirement for graduating with an IB diploma is that the student must take at least six subjects. This is one of the most crucial aspects in determining how difficult your journey to the IB will be.

It is known that the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is the connecting rope that highlights the interdisciplinary nature of all IB subjects. According to UNIS, “less than 1% of students who receive the IB diploma score 45 points and “only 7% receive the maximum grade of 7 in each subject, so all students have done phenomenally well.” If you score a 7 according to those IB standards, the grade of that subject on your Ontario diploma becomes more than 96%. You get a 7 if you get a score of more than 80% or whatever the grade limit for that subject, as established by the IB. Research led by the University of South Florida suggests that IB students are more susceptible to the negative effects of stress.

My coordinator says that the IB is more difficult than anything you can do in the future, but it's probably biased. My brother completed the IB and goes to ASU in Arizona and says that classes like Chemistry are pretty easy since he took IB Chem SL. I heard that people find it easier in the first year because the workload on the IB and the first year is practically the same or less. I mean, obviously, the IB prepares you for academic and critical thinking that you won't necessarily include in the normal high school curriculum, which has definitely been useful to me, but the amount of work still doesn't match what I'm doing here. IB students tend to perform better and develop strong academic, social and emotional characteristics. To conclude, after having taken a rather tough combination of subjects in the Diploma program and now studying Chemical Engineering at a highly respected technical university, I can confidently say that the IB is definitely a little easier than university.

Lucy Tittle
Lucy Tittle

"Lucy Tittle is a seasoned marketing professional and online tutor, recognised for her expertise in driving marketing success across diverse industries. She holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Art History from the University of St. Andrews, where she actively contributed as an art and photography editor for The Tribe Magazine, among other notable roles. Lucy's educational journey also includes A-Levels from Caterham School.With a passion for both education and marketing, Lucy has built a remarkable career. She currently serves as a key member of the Senior Team at The Profs. Additionally, Lucy has held significant roles at The Progressive Technology Centre, Vardags, Dukes Education, and Prior to that Lucy was a professional Tutor, working with Secondary School age students following 11+, GCSE, IB and A-level courses. "

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