Consists of 6 chosen topics from groups, along with the compulsory 150+ hours of CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), 4000 word Extended Essay and a Theory of Knowledge essay and presentation.
Each topic is marked from 1 - 7, with an extra 3 points being added for performance in CAS, TOK and EE, with a total of 45 points achievable.
Considered Hellish and extremely difficult for some, others (myself included) really appreciate it. It Challenges you, and can either encourage you to become really organised or really lazy. May lead to extensive Procrastination (world of warcraft in extreme cases) and lack of a social life. Or alcohol abuse, depending on how you cope with stress.
Good points are that it is an internationally recognised qualification, and is equivalent to up to 7 'A' Grades at A level, and some higher level subjects (Sciences and Maths for example) are considered so advanced, that certain University's view them as almost degree level.
Another good point is that it can give you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world (especially at international schools) and can definately broaden your horizons. And it teaches you bullshit oh so effectively.
Lying becomes a way of life, sleeping becomes a luxury, Relentless and Pro Plus become your Gods, and eating just isn't necessary.
Kid: hey fancy going out tonight?
IB Kid: I dont know, I still have 3999 words to write for my EE, I haven't even started my TOK presentation, I need to make up 139 hours of CAS, I've lost my GDC so i cant do this Chi Squared table for biology, I haven't eaten in 3 days, I can't remember the last time I slept and I have my Russian Oral tomorrow..
Kid: that was your excuse last week, what have you been doing??
IB Kid: I made a new rogue on a PVP server and pwnd some n00bs.
ib student 1: extrmely slowly
ib student 1:i bet by senior year im gonna be on drugs.
ib student 2:lol
ib student 2:awh
ib student 2: its okay
ib student 3: lol awh billy
ib student 1: im gonna run to ms.dubya's office tomorrow and like collapse on her floor and beg for mercy
Phil: The International Baccalaureate happened to Alex. May God be mercy full...
Also where over 65-70% of students who start out as pre-IB in freshman year either drop out or fail out by end of senior year.
The best part about it is that everybody in IB agrees with the above two statement. (Note that this does not include the arrogant pre-IB smart asses who think IB is gonna be easy due to their ten times easier course loads)
I'll take an IB student with 3.9 GPA any day over a fucking idiot from Honors/AP with 4.7 who thinks his grades are so high when in reality it's inflated to stinkin' heaven.
IB Student: Yes, I'm going into my junior year with 4.1.
Non-IB Idiot: Haha you SUCK!
IB Student: So why don't you join IB your junior year? It's not too late.
Non-IB Idiot: Okay, then, lol, it can't be THAT hard. Bring it on!
IB Student: *Evil smile*
<Junior year passes by>
IB-Screwed-Over Idiot: FUCK! I got 3 C's, 2 A's, and 2 B's my junior year! How is this possible!? I worked three times harder than my previous two years!
IB Student: Oh, well, too bad. I made it out with 5 A's and 2 B's. Oh, wait, colleges look at your junior grades the most....
Guy 2: I'm in International Baccalaureate man! I don't have that kind of time.