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Acing the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program

Updated: May 14, 2022

With over 5000 IB accredited schools across the globe, the IB Diploma Program is an important pre-university course. This two-year curriculum for students aged 16 to 19 is an internationally standardized course for IB school students. It is regarded as an alternative to high school programs such as A-levels or the Advanced Placement program. There are many reasons why the IB Diploma Program could be the ideal course for you.

  • It focuses on the student’s wholesome, rounded development while enhancing their critical thinking

  • In-depth grooming in a variety of subjects, including languages, humanities, sciences, and mathematics

  • It also offers experiential learning with a focus on creativity, activity, and service so that students learn to implement their learning in the service of society

  • IB Diploma Program believes in the freedom of thoughts, actions, and expressions.

  • It is internationally recognized by universities in almost 90 countries, including the Ivy Leagues

With so many advantages, the IB Diploma Program is one of the most aspired courses, especially for undergraduates looking to study abroad. However, one of the per-requisites of participating in an IB Diploma Course is that you should have attended an IB accredited school.

It’s also important to note that an IB Diploma is one of the most academically rigorous and stimulating courses in the world. It keeps the students on their toes. It prepares you theoretically and helps you implement the theoretical knowledge on the field, contribute to the community, give back to society, and even support pro-planet initiatives. This becomes a great addition to your portfolio while applying for leading undergraduate universities.

So, what does it take to ace the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program? Let’s have a look at some infallible ways to prepare, appear and excel in this course:

1. Get to know the course well

To win any battle, first, you need to know who you are facing. Start by understanding the objective, structure, and strategy of the exam. The course comprises six academic subject groups and the Diploma Program (DP) Core. The subjects include literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts. The DP core had three essential components Theory of Knowledge (ToK), extended essay, and Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).

Invest a good amount of time

2. Invest a good amount of time

If you are a last-minute cramming champion, IB Diploma might come as a bit of an unpleasant surprise for you because projects in this course require enough time and thorough concept clarity. So, keep enough time in your hands while preparing for this course.

3. Stretch

As mentioned earlier, this course is not just a theoretical preparation. So, stretch a little bit to utilize all the resources available to you and not just your course books. Use your school library as much and possible. Read a lot on various subjects. Expand your knowledge. Use the internet to strengthen your hold on the concepts mentioned in your books.

4. Collaborate with mentors

Your teachers have been there and done that. Make the most of their experience. Discuss with them about not just the course curriculum but also your plans and your vision for your career.

5. Revise. Revise. Revise.

It may sound like an overused piece of advice. Still, it always helps to revise your concepts daily instead of just before your exams. Keep aside 30 minutes every day for revisions. Start maintaining (handwritten) notes. This will also help you during the exam because you will write your answers (not type them).

6. Stay interested

It’s natural to feel bored, overwhelmed, and sometimes confused while preparing. But it’s essential to keep up your interest to give your best every day. Team up with your friends for a group study. Try listening to audiobooks if you are tired of reading. Attempt quizzes, play educational games, or do something as simple as changing the place where you study.

At the end of the IB Diploma Programme, you receive a final score of a maximum of 45 points. The minimum score required for an IB Diploma is 24. Your final scores will be a combination of both internal and external assessments. The beauty of getting an IB diploma is that your future university will know that you can handle the demands of a high-level undergraduate course.

Book a consultation with us to discuss the IB Diploma curriculum, assessments, preparation strategy, and more.

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