Actually I prefer school's own honor courses. IB is too hard and has so many unessesary things(writing essay for PE? fr?), and AP is now so unfriendly to normal students like me, who's not smart enough to study 12 AP courses in 4 years and get all 5. Honor is much better cuz it's easy and relate to your school GPA. NO MORE WORRIES FOR OFFSCHOOL EFFORTS!
AP is actually the friendliest of the bunch here. Compare that to A-Level please, where losing 20 points gets you off of an A*, meaning that you'd be doomed for Oxbridge.
And Compare that to IB please. We all know what it is like.
Actually A-level provide more falut-tolerence than AP
I am a IB lover tho
Definitely choose ap. As an ib student, ib requires you to write a lot of things including ia, ee tok. And it's very restrictive in terms of course selection, for example, you can only take a maximum of two science courses. And for me, a student who wants to take both chemistry physics and biology is very unfriendly. You also have to take a second foreign language.
Yet you take APs.
That might be a choice but an obligation
What do you mean?
I heard that in most U.S schools APs are not compulsory. It is in my school though. Luckily I can pass the classes.
AP. I think it is among the community that it is possible to take 12 AP exams the same year if you study hard enough. (definitely to show that it is possible and not to brag). It is entirely possible to build well-roundedness (or whatever you call it, lol) arming yourself with AP classes, including such as AP Calculus, Physics C:EM, Language Arts, World History, and Seminar. Except this time well-roundedness is voluntary rather than compulsory, meaning that I have the right to not get even more bored with learning a foreign language when I know all I want to do is research in Physics. For that case, one is entirely open to spend all one's academic attention onto STEM-related subjects rather than being forced to juggle several subjects that one may or may not be interested in.
Plus, we all would eventually apply to colleges. The due date for IB's "EE" (or whatever it is called) overlaps significantly with the timeframe of when you should be writing your college essays! (This is the primary reason that I eventually gave up on IB).
Edit(is it? Glad that I almost clicked but didn't): AP also allows one to pace one's speed of studying, while for IB, even dropping a few homeworks that do not directly correlate with the final test itself would also one's grades for a subject, making one procrastinate not regarding the test itself but on school itself. There are existing cases of people studying for a single AP subjects 1~3 weeks before the test and getting a 5. That kind of pacing that may work will not work for IB grade-wise even if you have acquired all information the syllabus tells you about. That is why.
I understand that for incredibly intelligent minds like Mr. Reid Tang below IB is not a problem and probably never was and never will be, but the thing is that: IB suits less than AP for most people and for the average person. Yeah, I will end my argument here. Is it even an argument? IDK. Either way, that is how I truly think and feel on this exact matter, and thank you for making it to the end.
(Note: All info on IB was acquired via various students who are formerly or currently attending IB schools. They may be biased and inaccurate. If something is, feel free to correct me.)
EE deadline depends on schools. We submitted to the school in June so we don't have to worry about it. IB resembles university curriculum the most from my opinion and has definitely solidified my interdisplinary perspective.
Wow. I guess it is because of the schools I looked into, not the system. I guess it would indeed be MUCH better if it is in June and not later.
Still, I have no regrets taking lots of APs. eh.
Aps are more popular tho.
Definitely IB because I think it really builds well-roundedness and cross-subject thinking.