Dear Parents and Guardians of BIHS Juniors and Seniors,
International Baccalaureate (IB) exam registration is now open until November 5.
The web address for signing up is: www.TotalRegistration.net/IB/
If you are wondering if your student should take any IB exams or which exams to take, read on for some information to consider:
1. A student can gain college credit at most universities if s/he has scored a 5 or higher on an exam at HL level, and some at SL level (a list of universities worldwide and their policies for accepting IB exam scores as credit can be found at: http://ibo.org/globalassets/
“Students completing the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a score of 30 or above will receive 30 quarter units (20 semester units) total toward their UC undergraduate degree. Students completing only IB certificates will be awarded 8 quarter units (5.3 semester units) for each IB Higher Level examination passed with a score of 5 or above. The University does not grant credit for certificates in Standard Level examinations. Higher Level examinations may be used by UC campuses to satisfy local general education or other major requirements. Students are advised to check with the individual UC campus to determine how general education and/or major requirements may be granted.”
2. Strengthening of a student’s application to college. The top factors almost all universities consider are the level of challenge of a student’s schedule and her/his GPA given that schedule at the school s/he attends. Fortunately, BHS and BIHS are well-respected and tend to be weighted favorably. They do like to see students taking the challenge and having the experience of at least a few IB or AP tests as well, but it is certainly not necessary to be admitted to a great school. A student has the option to report scores or not, so scoring poorly is not a major risk.
3. IB versus AP, FYI: University admissions officers favorably view the IB diploma program, though it is clearly not the only factor they see towards “preparation to thrive at university.” The following data is from a 2015 ACS International Schools report based on a survey of university of admissions officers in the UK and US. The full report can be found by clicking on this link.
Overall which qualification would you say is a better preparation to thrive at university – the High School Diploma, the IB Diploma Program, Advanced Placement courses – or would you say they are all equal?
With any questions please don’t hesitate to email Chris Young, IB Coordinator and BIHS Community Development Director, at email@example.com.