Advantages to Dual Enrollment and AP Courses

One of the most prominent factors in high school is your grade point average. This is an average accumulation of your grades from the courses you have taken. It determines your class rank, you educational success rate in school to colleges, and what will make or break you towards graduating. To ensure a better and brighter future for yourself is either through Advanced Placement courses or Dual Enrollment. Both of which boost your GPA a significant amount.

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AP Courses

These courses are essentially rigorous and more fast paced than regular or honor classes. They go beyond the curriculum in the those classes and present topics that require deeper thought and evaluating abilities. The teachers’ expectations are high and usually present additional homework along with projects and group work. Although it may seem like a bit of a hassle to take on these courses, they present a substantial advantage. Advanced Placement courses are offered to high school students as an early gateway to college classes. They are usually general education classes you take in college but if you pass the AP exams later in the year, you can earn early credit for them. Most schools allow students to take these exams for free but if not, they are usually around $75 as opposed to paying for them in college that totals up to $300+ dollars including textbooks. These courses range from AP U.S. History to critical thinking in AP Calculus.

These exams are given on a 5-point scale with 5 being the highest grade.

Score breakdown:

5 – Extremely Well Qualified

4 – Well Qualified

3 – Qualified

2 – Possibly Qualified

1 – No Recommendation

In essence, to pass, you need a 3 or higher. Most colleges accept the 3 but more prestigious colleges will require the 4 or higher. With more credits entering college, it allows you to quicken your time towards graduating. Nonetheless, AP classes also raise your weighted GPA. It depends upon what grade you earn but this is what sets the Valedictorian apart from students in the honor court.

To increase your chances at passing these exams, it is advised to seek out local bookstores for prep guides like Five Steps to a 5, Princeton Review, or anything to your preference.  If you are not well accustomed to books, you may also find more resources online and seek tutoring from your peers.

Dual Enrollment

These classes are slightly different from AP courses. There are often less offered at schools but these courses ensure credit to colleges as long as at least a C is earned. They do not require an exam at the end of the year. Dual Enrollment classes commonly last a semester and are fairly easier opposed to taking it in college.

Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment classes are both an advantage to students. They can easily be signed up for in your school’s guidance counselor’s office.  Both will raise your GPA, a huge deciding factor for colleges. They will not settle for a student that does the bare minimum to get by. They want the student that goes beyond and is not afraid to challenge themselves.

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