Originally Posted by leemeiying
I'm graduating with an IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma, and I've heard rumours that IB doesn't actually help you when you get to uni. Is that true?
And, what transfer credits am I eligible for if I took HL Business, Visual Art and English? (Assuming that McMaster only takes transfer credits from HL courses with a level of 5 or more)
It doesn't help you in Ontario. You have to do equally well in IB (ie. >36) as in straight OSS to be considered for competitive programs. Considering IB is a much more rigorous and difficult program, it was not worth it when I went through.
It depends on what program you can get credits in towards your degree. If you earn a degree in the faculty of business, maybe your HL Business will count towards your first year requirement. Check the international students page.
Does IB help? I wouldn't say so. Then again, I was smart enough to do ok (33) in it, but not smart enough as the rest of the class. So I've been pulling off all nighters since grade 12 on my EE. I used to think that IB taught me to at least effectively speak in public presentations, but the amount of technical ones that I've had to present (Engineering) were so different from English HL, that I now feel that it no longer helps anymore.