The Hardest and Easiest IB Subjects

Definitely interesting – I will post an updated number-crunching version soon!

P.S. the photo is from


The International Baccalaureate Diploma is not an easy course. However, it can be made easier by choosing the best combination of subjects based on their difficulty and your strengths.

There are four main factors influencing IB subject choices:
1. Quality of tuition available
2. Importance for future career
3. Personal strengths and preferences
4. Difficulty

Obviously, the ideal subject choice is one that has the best teachers available, is in line with the student’s future career choices and interests, and one where a 7 is achievable.

The IB aim to make subjects within groups equally challenging and vary the cut-offs accordingly. However, statistical trends suggest that this process is imperfect and there is a degree of variation regarding difficulty of subjects.

For the purposes of this discussion, the “difficulty” of a subject will be gauged by how likely it is to achieve a 7 in the subject.

Our analysis will…

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    • Yes the stock photos are really high quality! Although I usually like taking my photos myself, sometimes I don’t have the right photo so I like to search it on Stocksnap 🙂


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