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Important Updates to the AP & IB Curriculums

High school curriculums are constantly changing and adapting to better align with university practices. Recently, the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculums both underwent important changes and updates that could affect your child.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP curriculum has been updating their previous courses and exams as well as adding new courses. Exams have undergone heavy redesign in order to increase the relevance and value of exam materials. The changes hope to encourage better understanding and retention of subject material through a more precise and constrained approach to exam content. These changes have already been implemented in AP History and AP Calculus courses.

Other courses that have changed or been introduced in the past two years include:

  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP World History: Modern
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC

For a full overview of the new changes please click here, and if you would like some assistance navigating these changes so that your child is well-prepared for success then please reach out to one of AP tutors today.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The IBDP is an ever-changing curriculum due to the DP curriculum review. The curriculum is reviewed on a seven year basis to ensure the curriculum material is reflective of the latest educational research and resources. The review is an important process that aims to create effective and cultured curriculums that allow students to better understand and experience the IB mission.As a result of this review a number of IB courses have changed this year or are scheduled to change in the next 2-3 years. For an overview of these changes please click here. The courses that have most recently undergone a review are listed below:

  • IB Economics (2020)
  • IB Music (2020)
  • IB Theory of Knowledge (2020)
  • IB Mathematics (2019)
  • IB Language and Literature (2019)

Be on the lookout for changes to other courses like IB Physics, IB Chemistry, IB Biology, and IB Computer Science in the coming years. If you would like further guidance on how to navigate these changes and maximize your child’s score then please reach out to one of our IB tutors today.

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