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Question Im not sure which would be better? - March 20th 2010, 01:17 AM

Well for high school i have to choose bewteen taking AP classes or Dual enrollement classes and ive heard mixxed things about both from most of my teachers.Im not sure which to take, if one is better then the other or such
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Re: Im not sure which would be better? - March 31st 2010, 02:07 PM

Hey Lil!
I can't personally say I've ever had any experience with either AP or Duel Enrollment classes, but it might help to talk to past students who have taken either, if possible! It might be better than talking to the teachers, since the students will have actually taken the classes and will be able to tell you how they handled them and such.
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Re: Im not sure which would be better? - March 31st 2010, 02:26 PM

From my understanding, AP is what allows you to get actual college credits and you stay in your high school, where as dual enrollment you are going to your high school for class AND a college campus. This also depends on how your school handles dual enrollment.

Find out the facts about each option, weigh the pro/con, and go with what feels best to you.
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Re: Im not sure which would be better? - April 12th 2010, 10:25 PM

I know that at my school dual enrollment was simply all about paperwork and you KNEW that the credits transfered. If this is the case with you, I would highly recommend trying it. But APs also give you good experiences for college, but all in all it's up to you Best of luck!
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Re: Im not sure which would be better? - April 13th 2010, 04:08 AM

I did some AP courses in high-school and some were pretty helpful for university, even though I'm not currently pursuing some of the courses that some of the AP courses were (i.e. AP physics and AP calculus), it helped with showing the amount of work I'd need to put in for university. It also looks quite good on the transcript, especially when you have fairly high marks in them but even if you don't, it's understood the course will be harder so getting lower marks is more reasonable.

I never did dual-enrollment and the main reason was, other than my school not offering it, I'd have to commute to two campuses. With AP courses, I could do the university material at the high-school campus without needing to commute back and forth. At the place where the high-school was, traffic could get pretty busy and so I would need to schedule the classes properly and may have a weird schedule.

The disadvantage about AP courses is for the credit to be transferred, you'd need to do an additional exam that's standardized for that particular AP course. You'd then need to get a score high enough to be transferred, otherwise the credit isn't transferred. You still learn the content and have it taught at a higher level but on paper, it doesn't show that. For dual-enrollment, this is not a problem, providing of course you don't fail the course. But this is actually kind of good because this exam is optional and if you don't write it, no harm done, you can still use that knowledge and experience in university.

Also, I'm not sure on this but the cost for dual-enrollment may exceed that of the AP course although I suppose this depends on the college/university.
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