How do colleges weight IB courses?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered a year ago

This differs by college. Most colleges will take your transcript and redo the GPA based on their standards. The University of California, for example, will give you one extra GPA point for every IB class. For instance, if you get an 80%, which is the equivalent of a 3.0, or B, in an IB class, the UC system will factor this into your GPA as a 4.0, which is equivalent to a score of 100. So you can see that the difficulty of your curriculum is extremely important, not only in a qualitative way, but quantitatively in terms of your....View More

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Hi, My daughter just started the 11th grade in the IB curriculum in India. We would like to talk to you if you offer guidance/counseling starting now or is it after she reaches the 12th grade? Is there a phone no. we can reach you on? Thanks, - Balaji (r_balaji69@hotmail.com)

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    Judith Winters
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Judith Winters Answered 8 months ago

Some families prefer to start working with an educational  consultant earlier than other families. The important aspect of working with 11th grades is the balance between the CAS requirements, standardized testing, the extended essay and achieving top grades on each IB course. I will send contact info to your email.

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Is it better to get a B in and IB course or an A in a regular course? Which do the colleges prefer?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered a year ago

Colleges are asked this question a lot during information sessions, and they almost always answer that it is better to get an A in an IB class. Thanks a lot. So this is a tough one, and the answer is again, “It depends.” In most cases, however, colleges want to see that you are stretching yourself. When our ChanceMe counselors were working in admissions, they preferred seeing a B in an IB class because it showed that you were not afraid to challenge yourself. Getting all Bs, however, even in IB courses, is not a good strategy. You definitely want....View More

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    Harshavardhan Haribhaskar

I'm an Indian citizen, but I've only lived in India for the first year of my life. After that, I've lived in Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia and now China. I have been taught in English all my life in all the schools I have been to. I am taking the IBDP, and I am predicted a 7 in English Standard Level, and I have a 720 on my SAT Reading. I will be a high school senior after summer, and I plan on applying to American colleges (some T20 schools, some less selective ones) for my undergraduate program. Do I still have to take the TOEFL? I live in Beijing, and there are no TOEFL centres here (some people were caught cheating, so the test centres have been closed down). Also, if I have been speaking English fluently all my life, do I need to prepare for the TOEFL at all?

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    Saugat Pandey
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Saugat Pandey Answered a year ago

Hi, That's a great question. It looks like you are fluent in English. However, you have to appear for TOEFL no matter how long you have lived outside your country of birth or nation. It looks like you will be fine in TOEFL since you have a pretty good score in SAT and IBDP and you won't have to study a lot for it. Just go through some videos and sample TOEFL tests so you can have an idea what kind of questions you will face. 

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Which Syllabus – CBSE vs. ISC vs. IBDP – has a higher chance of success for getting into US colleges?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered a year ago

IBDP is a standard, well understood curriculum internationally. Because US colleges are so used to reading IB transcripts, and the IB diploma is the gold standard, considered more difficult than even a heavy AP curriculum, it would be easy to say that this curriculum has the higher chance of success for US colleges. As with most things however, the true answer is “it depends.” If you are only able to take a CBSE curriculum, the college will evaluate you in that context. Students in rural areas of the U.S., are often not exposed to difficult curricula such as AP and....View More

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