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Abdul Aziz

IB Certificate

Hi Guys,

Recently, my brother decided to pursue IB certificate with economics HL, Physics HL, Math SL, Chemistry SL, and English Lang and Lit SL.

I was wondering if he is doing the right thing. It is of any use to take certificate? Will he be disregarded by colleges?

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Well, i have seen some universities in the UK asking for candidates who are taking the "IB Diploma Program".

As for universities in the US, it is really hard to tell. They are very vague when it comes to requirements..

Being a Diploma candidate is really a big plus, i really would encourage him to pursue the Diploma and make advantage of the IB accreditation.

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Depends where he wants to go to University. Without the full diploma he'll not really be able to apply to the UK and be seriously considered as a candidate. Seems a shame to do just certificates for the sake of 1 HL! It's obviously better to do certificates than nothing, but the entire diploma is worth a lot more than a collection of certificates.

Outside of the UK, I can't speak for other countries. However he can more or less strike British universities off the list.

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Taking 2 HL certificates and 3 SL certificates, missing out on the IB Diploma just to avoid one HL subject, is a bit like having a Lamborghini without a steering wheel.

The IB Diploma is not seen as 6 certificates plus ToK, CAS and EE by universities. It is accorded its own prestige and is viewed as a separate qualification, unlike the A levels, which is the sum of its parts. If your brother can do one more HL, it is definitely worth doing so and getting the diploma, because IB certificates are just not taken seriously by universities.

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It is okay to apply to the US with just certificates, but your brother better have taken some other sort of curriculum or diploma because applying with JUST certificates is not going to work. You have to have something to send US schools, and only certificates isn't indicative that you completed a secondary school program.

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