Is International Baccalaureate right for you? This will help you decide!


International Baccalaureate – a mouthful to pronounce and a nightmare to spell but a great pre-university choice.

The IB program originated from Geneva, Switzerland is becoming an increasingly popular pre-university choice for students in Malaysia.

The basics of International Baccalaureate

International Baccalaureate

It is typically only offered at private institutions and is known to be quite challenging (millions of IB students around the world are protesting at that blatant understatement).

IB is recognized locally and internationally in top universities and generally has intakes in June, July and August.

How is International Baccalaureate structured?

International Baccalaureate

  • Students are required to take 3 standard level subjects (SL) coupled with 3 higher level subjects (HL)
  • They are also asked to complete an extended essay of 4,000 words based on independent research, 150 hours of creative, action and service activities (CAS) and a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course which involves critical thinking and creativity
  • IB has a coursework to final exam ratio of 50:50

Why should you take International Baccalaureate?

International Baccalaureate

  • IB has a broad coverage and there is more breadth versus depth in terms of subject coverage
  • Students are put into an intensive program that not only trains critical thinking but interpersonal skills
  • The program also provides a holistic education with the inclusion of the CAS component

Who is International Baccalaureate for?

International Baccalaureate

You should consider taking International Baccalaureate if:

  • You have a strong sense of responsibility and is academically motivated in both science and art subjects
  • You are able to study independently and conduct research with the guidance of their teachers

International Baccalaureate

You should NOT consider taking International Baccalaureate if:

  • You prefer in-depth studying on a certain subject rather than covering a broader scope
  • You think reports and assignments are a waste of time
  • Although some may view IB’s wide scope of subject a plus, it may be hard for students with no aptitude or interest in that subject
  • Mom and Dad think the most relatable song is “Money, Money, Money” by ABBA

Looking for other Pre-U courses? Click on the link below:


Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)

Canadian International Matriculation Programme (CIMP)

Foundation course


Nadhirah Rafidz


Nadhirah Rafidz

In a perfect world, Nadhirah would spend her days travelling with her full-frame DSLR in search of adventure and excitement to blog about. Aside from being diagnosed with chronic wanderlust, Nadhirah enjoys playing sports, reading fantasy-fiction, drinking freshly squeezed juice and playing with cats.

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