AP vs. Dual Enrollment: Which is Better?

School is starting up again across the country, and many high school students are faced with the opportunity (and dilemma) of choosing whether to take an AP or dual enrollment class. Achat chaussure Puma doudoune moncler soldes Both could earn a student college credit, which might mean big savings on a college degree. doudoune moncler moncler But is one better than the other? The short answer is that both are good options that show a willingness to take on challenging coursework and potentially earn college credit. moncler jacket soldes As to which is better, it really does depend on individual circumstances and there is no one-size fits all answer, but there are some important differences. moncler soldes ugg pas cher To better answer this question, let’s start by understanding the two options: AP stands for Advanced Placement, a program created by the College Board in 1955 offering college-level courses and end of course examinations for high school students. ugg australia ugg classic Basse There are currently over 30 AP courses to choose from, and the fee for each AP exam is $94 (there are fee reductions and subsidies for students with financial need). puma chaussure ugg france timberland U.S. bottes timberland pas cher doudoune femme moncler moncler paris colleges may offer placement and course credit to students who score well on the AP exams (use this tool to find which schools offer placement or credit). Timberland pour hommes soldes puma chaussure Soldes Timberland Placement means that a good AP score might allow a student to bypass introductory courses, such as Spanish 101. The AP exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 5, and usually a score of 3 or higher is required to earn college credit (note that a grade is not assigned or counted towards the college GPA if the credits transfer). Baskets homme Puma Also, while many U.S. high schools offer AP courses, ANY student may take an AP exam, regardless of whether they participated in the associated AP course. Baskets Puma This means that home-schooled students and students at schools that do not offer AP courses have the same opportunity to take the exams. basket timberland ugg australia pas cher Achat chaussure Puma moncler Dual enrollment, also referred to as dual credit, allows high school students to take classes at a local college and potentially earn both high school and college credit. moncler homme soldes chaussures puma ugg pas cher Colleges vary in whether they accept dual enrollment credit, so your best bet is to research a school’s credit policy beforehand. bottes ugg Dual enrollment courses represent real college credit, so the grades earned will be part of a student’s academic record. moncler pas cher soldes puma bottes ugg This college credit doesn’t come for a single exam at the end of the school year (like with AP courses), rather a student needs to earn a grade of C or higher in the class. Timberland pour hommes ugg australia pas cher chaussure timberland homme The dual enrollment course itself may be taken physically at a local college with classmates who are college students, or it may be conducted online or right at a student’s high school with other high school students. chaussures puma ugg pas cher femme So, which is better? A student who takes either AP or dual enrollment courses (and even both!) show a willingness to take on rigorous curriculum, which is a plus for college admissions if you do well. moncler femme puma en ligne moncler If you are deciding between the two, here are some important distinctions: The Case for AP: AP courses and exams are standardized (meaning the courses meet certain academic criteria and everyone takes an exam of equal rigor), while dual enrollment courses do not follow standard curriculum. 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The Case for Dual Enrollment: Dual enrollment course can be well regarded when of a higher level than that offered by AP courses in the high school, such as courses in upper level mathematics. ugg australia pas cher femme soldes puma Also, dual enrollment can offer a unique opportunity to take a college level course, with all the benefits that this type of academic challenge entails. ugg femme Timberland Femme Dual enrollment credits are likely to transfer to in-state colleges (though not guaranteed), and can transfer to outside colleges on a case-by-case basis. timberland femme pas cher Dual enrollment can also be a good option for those students who don’t perform well or feel comfortable with success hinging on a single high-stakes test. Another overall consideration for students at schools with weighted GPAs is whether an A in an AP course is the same as an A in a dual enrollment course. moncler soldes We’ve created a summary chart of the different features here.

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