IB and AP Comparison

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The College Board has created a document comparing the Advanced Placement Program and The International Baccalaureate Program.


Comparison of AP and IB Exams

English Literature Exams

AP

IB at Standard Level (SL)

IB at Higher Level (HL)


A written task of 1000-1500 words graded externally

A written task and reflection on one work studied 2000 words

60 minutes, 55 multiple choice questions based on literary text excerpts

90 minutes, 1 essay from choice of two text excerpts

Same as SL with same criteria but 120 minutes

120 minutes, 3 essays, 2 on text excerpts, one from a general prompt

90 minutes, 1 essay chosen from sixteen general prompts.

Same as SL with same criteria but 120 minutes.


30 minute oral commentary based on texts studied and 1 oral presentation based on texts studied

Same task as SL



History Exams

AP

IB at Standard Level (SL)

IB at Higher Level

55 minutes; 55 multiple choice question

60 minutes, 4 short-answer/structured document based question

Same task as SL

50 minutes; 4 Short answer questions

90 minutes; 2 essays from choice of 24 general prompts (2 prompts from 12 different subjects)

Same task as SL1

40 minutes (+15 for reading), 1 document based question

N/A

150 minutes; 3 essays from choice of twenty-four general prompts.

35 minutes; 1 essay

Historical Investigation; 1500-2000 words. Estimated time for Investigation: 20 hours.

Same as SL



Chemistry Exams

AP

IB at Standard Level (SL)

IB at Higher Level (HL)

90 minutes; 60 multiple choice questions.

45 minutes; 30 multiple choice questions;

60 minutes; 40 multiple choice questions.

105 minutes; 3 long and 4 short answer questions.

75 minutes; Short answer and extended response questions

135 minutes; Short answer and extended response questions.


60 minutes; Data- and practical-based questions, plus short answer and extended response questions

75 minutes; Data- and practical-based questions, plus short answer and extended response questions


Individual investigation of 6-12 pages

Same as SL



Mathematics Exams

AP

IB at Standard Level (SL)

IB at Higher Level (HL)

105 minutes; 45 questions

90 minutes; short response and extended response questions

120 minutes; short and extended responses

90 minutes; 6 questions

90 minutes; short and extended response questions

120 minutes; short and extended responses


N/A

60 minutes; Extended response options based on chosen area of concentration


20 hours; Exploration involving an investigation into an area of mathematics.

30 hours; Exploration of an area of mathematical investigation and an area of mathematical modeling.