Difference Between AP and IB Courses? What's Better for You.

International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are similar to Advanced Placement (AP) programs, in the sense both offer a rigorous set of courses. Despite all their similarities there is a stark difference between them. Read on to know the difference between IB and AP courses.

Updated by Kunal Mishra on 15th February 2020

What is AP?

Propelled/Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States made by the College Board which offers a school level educational program and examinations to secondary school students.

Also, the students who scored high checks in the examination may concede for position and course credits by American Colleges and Universities.


AP tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale as follows: 

  • Extremely well qualified

  • Well qualified

  • Qualified

  • Possibly qualified

  • No recommendation

The computer scored the multiple-choice components of the exam, while the free response and essay portion are scored by trained readers. And in next step, the scores are combined with raw materials.

Advanced Placement courses

Several advanced placement courses are mentioned below:

  • AP Biology

  • AP Computer Science Principles

  • AP English Language and Composition

  • AP English Literature and Composition

  • AP European History.

Benefits of Taking AP

Advanced Placement courses regularly accompany a typical confusion that they are just accessible to high accomplishing students. Actually, any student can enlist in an AP course paying little mind to physical or psychological barriers that the student may believe might keep them from taking AP. 


  • Decreasing school's education quality

  • It is found that after completing AP courses some students failed in an exam of their respective subjects which devalued their academic achievement

  • And there are some students who pass there AP test but they are still not ready for college-level work

What is IB?

The IB offers training and education for students in the age group of 3 to 19, involving four projects which focus on instructing students to think according to the basics and act freely.

The IB prepares students to prevail in reality as we know it where actualities and fiction converge in the news and were asking the correct inquiries are a vital aptitude that will enable them to thrive long after they've left their projects.

They are upheld by IB instructors and facilitators who create and advance the IB's educational modules in about 5,000 schools all-inclusive consistently, in more than 150 nations around the globe.

How is IB unique

The IB programmes  are unique as they:

  • Energize students of any age to think fundamentally and challenge presumptions.

  • Grow freely of government and national frameworks, fusing quality practice from a look into and our worldwide group of schools.

  • Empower students of any age to think about both neighborhood and worldwide settings.

  • Create multilingual students.

Key Difference between AP & IB

  • AP is more popular than IB.

  • They both have different program goals:

The projects have diverse objectives, too. IB has more accentuation on composing and creating basic reasoning aptitudes and not simply on the exams themselves. The IB certificate likewise requires the expanded exposition, a long, college style examine paper. The IB program additionally has an extracurricular requirement.

Interestingly, the AP is a program is centred around showing students particular substance and testing their insight on the exams. There are progressively various decision and accentuation on meeting certain substance objectives.

  • IB is more expensive than AP

  • To enrol in classes IB is required

You can take AP exams without being selected in a class, yet you must be enlisted in an IB class to take an IB exam. On the off chance that you have the capability in a dialect not offered by your school, or on the off chance that you need to self-consider for a speciality subject like Art History, the AP program gives you greater adaptability.


As you consider secondary school arranging choices, ensure you comprehend the scholastic program, and in addition the extracurricular open doors you can get to. Since universities don't have an inclination between the projects, and it's possible that the university credit and propelled situation you gain will be comparative paying little heed to the program you seek after, this is a choice to make in light of your learning inclinations and your instructive theory.

Blogs you might be interested in