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International Baccalaureate (IB)

What is International Baccalaureate?

International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognized credit-by-examination program. IB exams are only available to students who have successfully completed high school IB courses. By taking an IB high school course and passing an IB exam, students have the opportunity to earn college credit at many colleges, including College of Lake County.

For more information about specific exams available, go to the International Baccalaureate website:

How Do I Earn College Credit with IB?

Each college/university has its own policy regarding which IB exams will be accepted for credit, as well as how much credit will be awarded for an IB exam.

CLC grants CLC course credit for IB exams only to students enrolled at CLC. Students hoping to transfer credit earned through IB to another school should check with the transfer school to determine its policy toward earning credit-by-exam. Results of IB exams may be sent to another school at which a student is enrolled for the purposes of credit recognition. Information regarding how to obtain/send official IB scores and transcripts can be found at the International Baccalaureate website.

Which IB Exams Will CLC Accept for Credit?

The College of Lake County offers its students the opportunity to earn college credit for a variety of IB exams.

View information on specific IB exams accepted for credit at the College of Lake County

Where Can I Take an IB Exam and How Can I Prepare?

Registration information for IB classes and exams, as well as test preparation and study help may be found at the International Baccalaureate website.

Is There Anything Else I Need to Know About How CLC Handles IB Credit?

College of Lake County Board Policy states that earning credit-by-exam is:

  • Not to exceed a total of thirty (30) semester hours required toward the completion of an Associate degree
  • Not to exceed one-half (½) of the semester hours required toward completion of a certificate
  • Not to count toward satisfying fifteen (15) semester hours general residency requirement for the Associate degree

Please note:  Earning credit-by-exam through IB has no effect on a student’s grade point average (GPA) at CLC.