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IB Question of the Week: Courses Candidate vs Full Diploma Candidate?

Students can choose to be a Full International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate or a Courses Candidate.

A Full Diploma Candidate is a candidate who attempts to earn the IB Diploma in addition to the SGS diploma. A Full Diploma Candidate takes six IB courses, three at the higher level (HL) and three at the standard level (SL,) along with the IB exams in May of senior year. This candidate is also enrolled in the IB CORE, completing a 4,000-word Extended Essay (EE), completing an 18-month CAS (Community, Activity and Service) portfolio, and taking the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course.

A Courses Candidate is a student who is enrolled in IB courses, but not the IB CORE. The Courses Candidate has reduced CAS requirements and does not take TOK or complete the EE. The Courses Candidate takes the IB exams in May of senior year and, like Full Diploma Candidates, can earn college credits for specific courses based on their scores in the course. Learn more at the IB World School webpage.