What To Consider When Deciding Between AP And Dual Enrollment


It's that time of year again, at least at Mount Juliet High School, when students are requesting their classes for next year. This is often a very stressful process deciding what you want to do and what you need to do. It can be confusing. Not everyone has an older sibling or parent who can help you decide what to take. One of the more complicated issues when scheduling classes is opting between AP, dual enrollment or both.

Advanced Placement, or AP, courses are college level and involve a comprehensive examination at the end of the year. The exam determines if you earn college credit for the class. These scores range from one to five, four and five usually being the passing mark. These classes are often grueling and require a lot of self-teaching, but for many it is worth it because of the time and money they are saving for the future.

Junior Jillian Austin plans to take no less than three AP courses in the school year 2018-2019.

Austin said, “I am taking them mostly because I want my GPA to go up. This school is really competitive, and I want to be in the top 10 percent, so AP classes are the way to do that. I know some people who are taking 7 or 8 just for that reason.”

Austin also expressed that having less courses to take when she gets to college is another reason. The test fee is around 94 dollars which is a lot cheaper than a class at a university.

Because college credit is so important to countless students, dual enrollment is another popular option. Dual enrollment is an actual college class. Many are offered online or with a professor in a high school classroom. The DE courses available at MJHS come from either Cumberland University or Vol State. The classes cost just as much as they do at the colleges, but it is easy to get a grant as long as you take at least two courses. If you pass the class, you receive credit.

Madison Garner, an AP student at MJHS, is taking many dual enrollment courses next year. She wants to be as far into her college career as she can when she gets there. Garner is excited that she will not have to prepare for an exam that determines if she gets credit for the class.

Although dual enrollment may seem like a safer choice than AP, not all universities accept dual enrollment credit. Local, public universities typically are the only ones who do. It is much more likely for AP credit to be accepted. This is often something that students figure out after it is too late, so it is important to research about colleges you are interested in to see what they take.

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