College Credit in High School

April 22, 2016 | News | By admin | 0 Comments

How do students earn dual credit at MGA? Via AP, CLEP, or SAT II tests.  Read what this college admissions officer has to say about the value of AP/CLEP tests on a student’s transcript, in the link below from Collegeconfidential.com.

Briefly, she explains that all dual credit (DC) classes will be counted as an asset to a student’s high school experiences and transcript.  But not all colleges will award college credit for them.   Even colleges that will award credit will not necessarily apply them to the degree plan.  The more selective the college, the less likely they are to recognize for dual credit work for college credit.  Whether the DC is obtained at a community college like TCC, or through AP/CLEP tests, it is entirely up to the college itself whether to award college credit towards a degree.

So, that begs the question:  What is the value of DC?  Why bother to work towards credit in both high school and college, if there are no guarantees of the college credit portion?

Good questions.  And there are four good reasons for sitting for AP or CLEP exams:

  1.  The possibility of college credit remains.  If your student attends a state university, for example, s/he will receive college credit for most or all AP and CLEP exams, and even some SAT Subject test exams.  Actual college credit is still a very good possibility, at thousands of colleges.
  2. The outside endorsement of your student’s transcript.  While the more selective schools will not award credit for any dual credit class or test score, the school will note the outside verification AP/CLEP test scores provide to a transcript.  It’s a good boost for your student’s transcript, and an excellent way to distinguish it from hundreds of other applicants.
  3. Preparing for an AP or CLEP exam prepares the student for college-level work.
  4. AP and CLEP test scores for college credit are AT LEAST on par with community college classes, and in the opinion of the admissions officer who authored this article, sometimes valued more highly:  “But more colleges grant credit for AP or IB classes (with appropriate exam results) than for community college classes, especially when the CC class was used to satisfy a high school graduation requirement.”

Bottom line:  There really is no downside to a college-bound high school student sitting for AP or CLEP tests at the end of an MGA course, and there are several benefits.  Consider it!  A passing score on one of these tests is an asset to a transcript.

Read the full article with this former college dean.  It is worth your time.

Collegeconfidential.com article: Dual Credit

Leslie Kent
Upper School Director