AP v. Dual Credit: It’s Your Choice

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It’s February so scheduling is around the corner and many students are still unsure of which route to take: AP or Dual Credit. So on behalf of The Rosette staff—which consists of a mix of AP and Dual Credit students—here’s what we know and can tell you about AP/Dual Credit classes.

 

AP:

  • Passing The AP test=college credit*

*Depending on the college it can either apply to your major or as an elective

  • You get scholarships to pay for the AP tests (if you’re taking 3 or more)
  • The grade points are 2x+1 per letter grade
  • Expected (not required) to take the AP test
  • The AP tests cost $93

*You can do a $15 down payment

  • AP Super Saturday*

*Teacher policy varies

“AP classes have always worked for me as a GT kid. The classes are straight-forward and clicked for me instantly, so I was always confident about taking the AP tests. If you’re a student who picks up on things easily and is capable of handling a heavy workload, then AP classes are definitely for you. They’re meant to expose you to an atmosphere similar to college.” Beverly Popoola, AP Student

 

Dual Credit:

  • Dual Credit is for DUAL credit for high school BUT regular credit for college
  • Dual Credit in the summer doesn’t go towards GPA points*

*However, you still gain high school and college credit

  • The grade points are 2x per a letter grade*
  • Final grades appear on your Eastfield college transcripts because it’s a college class taught by a college professor
  • Because dual credit classes are college classes they transfer to MOST state colleges and universities, as well as private schools in Texas

*On a very limited basis they might transfer differently such as an elective

  • Dual Credit is free*
    • *However you have to pay for your own books during the summer
    • If the students take Spanish 3 dual credit then they are receiving credit for college Spanish 1411 & 1412. One class at Eastfield is $177—so it’s saving the student $354 at Eastfield. Most university classes are between $650-$1100 per class. So, Spanish 3 DC would save the student between $1300-$2200 in college tuition—for ONE class.
  • We offer 8 dual credit classes on campus during the school day
    • English 3* (2 college class credits)
    • English 4* (2 college class credits)
    • Spanish 3 (2 college class credits)
    • US History* (2 college class credits)
    • Government*
    • Texas Government
    • Speech*

Classes with * are REQUIRED to graduate

  • There are several other classes, including economics & psychology taught at Eastfield
  • If a student takes full advantage of all of the dual credit classes we offer on campus, they could walk out of John Horn with 43 college hours; which is 13 college classes.

 

“Dual Credit is really hard, yet accessible to the high school student who wants a different challenge. For me, it was about taking the class to avoid having expenses that weren’t necessary in college, and I feel with these classes I’ve learned time management. This skill transfers over to being a successful college student.”- Scotlin Francis, Dual Credit Student

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