What is the difference between concurrent credit/dual credit and AP credit?
What is the course like?
- AP: AP course work is college level work, student are expected to read, reason and write at a college level. All curriculum for AP courses is checked and certified to be college level by the college board. Obviously, AP courses are challenging, but also very rewarding for students who choose to take these courses.
- Concurrent Credit/Dual: Dual credit courses are also college level classes. The main difference is that Dual Credit courses are the same class that you would have if you attended the college accrediting the course. Again, students need to exhibit the maturity level and responsibility of someone taking a college level class.
How will I receive credit?
- AP: AP credit is given based on the score a student receives on the AP test at the end of the class. AP tests are scored on a 1-5 scale. A three or above is considered passing (some schools require a 4 or 5).
- Concurrent Credit/Dual: With Dual Credit you are actually a student of the college that is certifying the class. You pay for the credit at the beginning of the class and the grade that you receive in the class goes on both your high school transcript and a transcript from the certifying college.
What is the cost?
- AP: AP tests generally cost between $90 and $100 per exam and are a one-time fee.
- Concurrent Credit/Dual: Costs vary depending on the class and certifying institution. Cost range from $75 to $125 per credit hour. Most semester classes are three (3) credit hours.
How do I know if the credit from this course will transfer to the college I would like to attend?
- AP: Check on college admission websites to find out what score you need to get on the AP test to transfer the credit.
- Concurrent Credit/Dual: Most colleges accept dual credit like they would a transfer from another college. Check with your college to see if the Dual Credit choice you choose is a requirement at the institution you would like to attend.
How does the AP English Language course differ from AP English Literature?
The principle academic activity in the AP English Language course is rhetorical criticism. In the AP English Literature course, it is literary criticism. For that reason, the primary texts for AP English Language are writings found in real-world communicative contexts, while the primary texts for AP English Literature come from the literary canon. Of course, these categories overlap.
Literary works often have functional effects, and functional discourse often makes use of imaginative and artistic language. But in general, the works studied in an AP English Language course are nonfiction or the literature of fact. It should be a comfortable course for bright students who may not have a passion for literature but who can appreciate the power of language in a broad range of non-literary contexts. Typically juniors take AP Language and seniors take AP Literature.