If you reduce the International Baccalaureate to the number of subjects, you quickly recognise parallels to the Abitur in Germany. It quickly becomes obvious that both – the Abitur and the IB – seem a bit ‘large and big’. For the IB, there are usually six exam subjects that must be chosen and taken according to a predefined grid. For example, the IB organisation specifies fixed subject groups – studies in language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, (Experimental) sciences, mathematics, arts. A corresponding subject must be taken from each subject group. Three to four subjects can or ‘must’ be taken at an higher level. This is why the International Baccalaureate is said to be particularly demanding. To ensure recognition as a university entrance qualification, the choice of subjects or the combination of subjects must also meet certain requirements (in Germany).