What is the International Baccalaureate Program?

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The International Baccalaureate program is a comprehensive and fully developed curriculum with an international focus. Highly motivated, self-disciplined, and committed students who have the academic potential to complete a challenging course are encouraged to participate in the program. Students can choose to participate in the IB program in one of two ways: IB Diploma or IB Certificate. The IB Diploma Program involves six areas of study that lead to IB examinations. All IB Diploma candidates are required to complete at least three higher-level (two-year) courses and three standard-level (one-year) courses during the junior and senior years. In addition to completing these courses, Diploma candidates must also successfully complete the core components of the IB program, including Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service). IB Certificate candidates may select one or more IB courses in the junior or senior year that lead to IB examinations. These students do not complete Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, or CAS.

Colleges and universities internationally recognize the efforts and achievements of IB students, and successful IB Diploma and Certificate candidates are often given special consideration by university admissions or credit transfer offices. Many universities have learned that the successful IB student will be a successful college student. Additionally, the IB curriculum provides students with an opportunity to earn college credit for coursework completed in high school. For the most current information regarding university recognition of IB coursework, go to www.ibo.org/country/US and look for IB Diploma Program Recognition.

Want to learn more? This link will help to explain more about the IB Program.

IB and AP Test Registration is open from Thursday, October 1st, and will run through October 31st.  

The PC IB & AP testing schedule and registration pages are located on our registration website at www.portagecentralexams.com.  Payment is expected at the time of registration.

For IB test registrations, please go to the 2021 IB Test Registration tab on www.portagecentralexams.com.  Click the button for IB Test Registration and then fill out the google form and identify which IB tests you are registering for.  Read all the directions before submitting, please.  IB Tests are $119 per test. Your confirmation page will have a link to Revtrak to pay.

For AP test registration, you will need a class join code for each AP test you are taking.  These are located on the 2021 AP test registration tab at www.portagecentralexams.com, and you will need to enter this join code on the College Board website linked to the registration page. You will need your College Board login information to register for AP tests. Follow the directions on the AP Test Registration page to register and pay for AP tests.  AP Tests are $95 per test.  You will find a link to directions for AP test registration here.

If you have questions about registration, please email Mr. Lancaster at [email protected]

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