Advanced Placement vs. Dual Credit

Difference Between AP and Dual Credit

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AP Courses

Dual Credit Courses

What is the course like?

Advanced Placement (AP) is college level work. Students are expected to read, write, and reason at a college level. All curriculum for these courses are certified to be college level and by the college board.

Dual Credit (DC) courses are college level. These DC courses are the same classes that you would take if you were in the college giving the credit. Students are expected to read, write, and reason at a college level.

How will I receive credit?

AP credit is given to students based on their score on the AP test at the end of the course. The test is scored on a scale of 1-5. A score 3 and above is passing.

In DC, you are a student of the college that is certifying the class. You pay the college for the credit at the beginning of the class. You will receive both high school credit and college credit.

How much does it cost?

AP tests are a one time fee of $91.00 for each exam ($52.00 for students that qualify for free/reduced lunch)

Costs vary depending on the class and the college you are earning credit from. Most of the time, taking a DC class through high school is roughly a 1/3 cheaper than taking a class as a college student.

Will the credit earned from this course transfer to the college I would like to attend?

You must check college admissions websites to find out what score you need on the AP tests to receive college credit.

You will need to check with your college to see if the DC is a requirement. Most colleges do accept DC like you were transferring from another college.

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