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College Courses in High School and CLEP Tests

AP (Advanced Placement) Classes

Through AP's college-level courses and exams, you can earn college credit and advanced placement. AP courses can help you acquire the skills and habits you'll need to be successful in college. AP courses may help you improve your writing skills, sharpen your problem-solving abilities, and develop time management skills, discipline, and study habits. Most four-year colleges in the United States give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. Check with an AP teacher or the AP Coordinator at your high school about AP course workload and any preparation you might need.

College Courses in High School

Many colleges and universities allow high school students to simultaneously enroll in college courses for credit. In dual enrollment, high school students are permitted to take college courses and earn college credit for successfully completed courses. In most cases, students earn both college and high school credit for the same course. Dual enrollment has typically been targeted towards more advanced students, and some high schools have policies that limit student participation based on grade point average. 

Students dually enrolled in high school may be required to submit an application, application fee, ACT or SAT test scores, high school transcripts, letter of intent regarding in which courses the student wishes to enroll, and/or a letter of recommendation from the high school principal or counselor.  Check with your high school principal or guidance counselor before you begin the process of college admission. 


CLEP Tests

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways — through general academic instructions, significant independent study or extracurricular work. CLEP exam-takers include adults just entering or returning to school, military service members and traditional college students.
Many colleges will grant credit to students that meet their minimum qualifying score, which varies by school. There are approximately 2,900 colleges and universities that will grant college credit for a passing CLEP score. 
The CLEP offers 33 exams in five subject areas, covering material taught in courses that you may generally take in your first two years of college. Most CLEP exams are designed to correspond to one-semester courses, although some correspond to full-year or two-year courses. Exams are approximately 90 minutes long, with the exception of College Composition, which is 120 minutes. Exams contain mainly multiple-choice questions. College Composition and a few other exams contain other types of questions and essays.  For more information, visit the official website here: CLEP
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