IB vs. AP
Many students wonder whether taking AP classes is better than doing the entire IB program (although they should note that individual IB classes can be taken for certificates- for more about this, ask the guidance office). These FAQs address similarities and differences between these two classes, as objectively as possible:

I’ve heard that many AP and IB classes are co-seated. Is this true? And, if so, what is the result of taking that class?

YES, there are definitely some co-seated IB and AP classes at Bloomfield, although most Higher Level classes are only IB. Being in a co-seated class means that you’re learning material for both tests, and will have the option of taking both tests at the end of the year.

Will I get college credit for IB?

IB college credit is very similar to the system of AP credit. For all schools, the grade on the test at the end of the year is very important. For AP a 3 (of 5) is considered passing, and may get credit at some schools, and for IB a 4 (of 7) is passing, and will possibly get credit. It is true that some schools do not currently recognize IB classes or give credit for them, but many do. Likewise, for almost all IB classes, a corresponding AP test can be taken.

Which do colleges like better?

There is no honest or clear answer for this question. Mainly, it depends on which colleges you’re considering, but many colleges recognize both AP and IB classes as rigorous programs.

What about class size?

IB classes at Bloomfield tend to have a smaller enrollment, and thus smaller class size. Whether this is an advantage is mainly up to the student; it does afford more individual time for each student with the teacher and more individualized lesson plans for each class, yet some students prefer a larger classroom.

Which test is harder?

Again, this is mainly up to the student. IB exams have few or no multiple choice, while up to half of AP exams focus on this type of question. IB exams are more objective and focus more on analysis of knowledge than AP.


National Standard of Excellence Policies are determined by national educators


College Level Courses


Students generally take AP exams in areas of strength


Students do not have to be enrolled in an authorized school


Exams are graded externally through ETS and student marks assigned


Exams based on specific content of courses


Oral exam in foreign language


All teachers are specially trained


College credit possible





International Standard of Excellence Policies are determined by internal educators


Comprehensive curriculum of college level work


Six exams in six subjects are required for the IB Diploma


Students must prepare in all areas: strengths as well as weaknesses


Students must be enrolled in an authorized IB School


Scores include teacher assessments as well as external assessments constructed and graded by educators from throughout the world


Exams based on broad general understanding of concepts and fundamental themes. Exam questions emphasize essay writing


Oral assessments in Languages A and B and other disciplines


All teachers are specially trained


College credit possible