# Is IB maths harder than a level maths?

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A-level Maths: **A level Maths is considered to be more difficult than IB Math** SL.

## Is a level maths or IB maths harder?

Thanks Bondgirl, His Maths teacher has now confirmed that the **IB higher Maths is harder than A level Maths**.

## Is a level further maths harder than IB?

A-level Maths: **A level Maths is considered to be more difficult than IB Math SL**.

## Is a level further maths harder than IB HL maths?

In terms of how difficult they are, my school did both and I think the general consensus was that further maths a level is harder in the sense that you cover more content, but easier in that you have more time to learn it and its one of 3 or 4 subjects rather than 6.

## Is IB math hard?

Originally Answered: How hard is higher maths on the International Baccalaureate (IB)? Relatively, HL math is **less "difficult" than a traditional Calculus course** because it does not go into as much depth as would the traditional course.

## IB VS A Levels - Which Is Harder And Which Is Better? ? The Debate ft BZBroke | Mahel Khan

**19 related questions found**

### Why is IB so hard?

**The intensity of IB is one of the factors which makes it appear 'difficult'**. Students, to a large extent, have to perform as all-rounders. With the help of CAS, IB ensures that student's education is not only limited to their classrooms.

### What are the easiest IB subjects?

**Which Courses Should You Take for the EASIEST IB Diploma?**

- Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature. English A Language & Literature SL - Average Score: 5.09. ...
- Group 2: Language Acquisition. ...
- Group 3: Individuals and Societies. ...
- Group 4: Experimental Sciences. ...
- Group 5: Mathematics. ...
- Extended Essay: ...
- TOK:

### Is IB math SL equivalent to calculus?

IB Math courses, much like European and UK Commonwealth schools' math courses, integrate multiple fields of mathematics. Thus, **IB Math SL covers the entirety of the AP Calculus AB curriculum** as well as relevant content from the fields of algebra, geometry, statistics, and number theory.

### What is further mathematics IB?

Further Mathematics, as studied within the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, is **a Higher Level (HL) course** that can be taken in conjunction with Mathematics HL or on its own. It consists of studying all four of the options in Mathematics HL, plus two additional topics.

### Is IB HL the same as a level?

It was designed specifically to provide an internationally recognised qualification that universities across the world can view to assess a student's potential for further study. Unlike A Levels, **which are UK specific**, the IB is recognised in many other countries in Europe, Asia and the USA.

### Is IB harder than GCSE?

The myth probably comes from the fact that many students feel they absolutely must get an A* for every subject at GCSE, or at least most of them – only the top grade will do! **A Level and IB are both clearly a lot harder than GCSEs** – aim high by all means but do realise what it all means!

### Which is harder IB or IGCSE?

To conclude; **IB is much harder than IGCSE** (since one is for Grades 9 & 10 while the other is for Grades 11 & 12). If you want to compare IB with a British curriculum, A levels would be more appropriate. IB is more challenging than that too, but that is another discussion altogether.

### Is IB better or IGCSE?

To summarize, we at Uwezo feel, **IGCSE is the best option for students upto the 10th grade**. And, IB a better option if they are pursuing their degrees in any of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, which will give them a competitive advantage during college.

### Is a level maths hard?

**A Level Maths is not harder than other subjects at A Level** – however this doesn't mean you won't have to work hard – of course you will. There might be times when you feel overwhelmed or confused, just like you would when trying to write an extended A Level essay on Shakespeare.

### What is the highest level math class?

**There is no “highest” level**. In addition to undergraduate courses there are also courses for graduate students. That includes those working on their PhD's. Then there are assorted seminars and colloquiums that focus on current research topics.

### Is Further Maths A level worth it?

Further Maths is also **highly desirable, if not required, by many top universities for Mathematics, Science and Engineering courses, as well as Computing and Economics**. It may be studied alongside, or after, A level Mathematics.

### What kind of math is IB math?

Mathematics Higher Level (HL) is a two-year course offered by the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is **one of the Group 5 (Mathematics and Computer Science) courses for the IB Diploma Programme**. The Standard Level (SL) mathematics courses are Mathematical Studies SL, Mathematics SL, and Further Mathematics SL.

### What IB math should I take?

**Maths AI**students have 150 hours of teaching time to cover the course material, with HL students doing an additional 90 hours on top of this.

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**Both levels cover the following five areas:**

- Number and Algebra.
- Functions.
- Geometry and Trigonometry.
- Probability and Statistics.
- Calculus.

### Is IB math calculus?

Students complete most of the topics, including **introductory Calculus, the first year and then focus on a more intense Calculus driven curriculum the second year**. Most colleges will not award college credit for the IB Mathematics SL exam.

### What is the hardest IB class?

It is often mistaken, but **Computer Science HL** is again the hardest subject in the IB, having the lowest pass rate. It is directly followed by Math HL and Physics HL. There are nothing like that, tough or easy.

### What is the hardest IB combination?

**Which Courses Make the HARDEST IB Diploma?**

- English A Literature HL - Average Score: 4.67.
- Spanish AB. ...
- History HL - Average Score: 4.29.
- Chemistry SL - Average Score: 4.01.
- Math Studies SL - Average Score: 4.17.
- Visual Arts HL - Average Score: 4.26.
- Individuals and Societies - Average Score: C.
- Average Score: C.

### What are the 5 hardest IB subjects?

**Top 5 Most Difficult IB Subjects**

- Further Maths HL. The Further Maths HL course in IB is easily one of the hardest subjects to nail from the lot. ...
- Maths HL. ...
- Chemistry HL. ...
- Physics HL. ...
- History HL.

### Is IB a waste of time?

With the certain amount of higher level and standard level IB classes that need to be taken, it is almost impossible to take classes you actually want to take. **The IB Diploma is a colossal waste of time** and causes extreme unnecessary stress that disrupts your years as a teenager.

### Is IB harder than ICSE?

Which is the most difficult board amongst CBSE/ICSE/IB? Ans. On a whole, **the IB curriculum is more challenging than the CBSE and ICSE board**. After IB next is ICSE and then comes CBSE.

### Is IB stressful?

The answer is simple. Although **IB students aren't put under any extra stress**, we tend to feel like we are. Research led by the University of South Florida suggests that IB students are more susceptible to the negative effects of stress. This include mental disorders and reduced academic performance.