As students enter high school, they are bombarded with information about all of the classes they should take and ways to become more desirable to colleges. However, most students aren’t aware of the variety of classes available to them, nor do they know the differences between AP level and dual-enrollment courses. So hopefully after reading this, you can feel more comfortable with how these classes work and possibly participate in them.
What are dual enrollment classes?
Dual enrollment courses are college-level classes open to high school students. They can be offered at a local high school, but more often than not, are available at a community college campus or even online. These are actual college courses, and you are technically enrolled in high school and college at the same time. This can seem intimidating to many, but dual enrolling reaps a multitude of benefits.
How does dual enrollment work?
In most states, students must be 16 or older to take a dual-enrollment course and they must meet GPA and standardized test score requirements. Additionally, students must attain guardian and guidance counselor approval before enrolling. Upon approval, a student can choose what course(s) they’d like to take either at their school, at a local community college, or online. At the end of the term, all the student needs to do is pass the class and they are granted both high school and college credit on their transcripts.
Important things to know about dual enrollment courses
Dual enrollment classes are offered at a greatly reduced cost or can even be free to take depending on what state you reside in. Dual enrollment students have access to their professors, research databases, college libraries, and other various resources that colleges provide. Additionally, there is a wide variety of classes to choose from compared to the standard subjects (math, science, English, and reading) that are offered in high school. These array of classes can help students to discover passions or areas of interest they might want to pursue as a career.
What are AP classes?
Advanced Placement classes are available at most high schools and offer students a chance to take college-level courses while still in a high school setting. There are nearly 40 different AP classes to choose from, ranging from AP Music Theory to AP Calculus AB – needless to say, there is something for everyone. Not only do these classes help to prepare students for the rigors of a college course, but students can receive college credit and in some states, GPA enhancement for enrolling in AP classes.
How do AP classes work?
AP classes are offered on high school campuses and can be used as a substitute for core classes and even some graduation requirements. For example, many students must take U.S Government to graduate and instead they can take AP U.S. Government and possibly earn college credit and fulfill a graduation requirement simultaneously. AP classes are fast-paced and can cover difficult topics and ideas depending on the subject. Lastly, the most notable difference is that when you take an AP class, you will work the entire year to prepare for the AP examinations which take place in May. Most teachers use content that has shown up on prior exams to expose their students to things they should expect on test day. Once you get the hang of how AP classes function, it will start to feel like a normal class.
Important things to know about AP classes
The only cost associated with AP classes is the final exam. In most U.S. territories and Canada, College Board’s standard AP exam fee is $93. The good news is that depending on which state and county you live in, this cost might be covered and you can take AP classes free of charge. Taking AP classes can provide valuable insight as to what college classes are like such as pacing and level of difficulty.
Many schools throughout the U.S. provide college equivalent credit for passing a dual enrollment class or getting a 3,4 or 5 on your AP exam. However, taking an AP/ dual enrollment class doesn’t necessarily mean the university you choose to attend will allow you to transfer all your credits. Why is this? Some reasons include courses not meeting a university’s standards for college-level work, the college where you dual enrolled wasn’t accredited, or the credits simply can’t be applied towards your major. Research before signing up for these classes to ensure you’re not spending time and money just to have your credits denied.
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