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Questions on Honors, Dual Credit, Pre-AP, and AP classes in high school

vballchick08vballchick08 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
edited June 2010 in High School Life
Which looks the best for college. Dual-Credit, AP, or Honors?
What is the difference between them? Rank them in terms of prestige
& Are Honors and Pre-AP interchangeable terms?

I used to live in New Jersey and went to a school that had AP classes. I recently moved to a new school (its less than 3 years old) in a suburb of Dallas, Texas and they barely have AP classes.. just a lot of Dual-Credit. And Dual-Credit is new to me since I wasn't aware of my school in NJ having it, and that school was pretty advanced for a public school. Is it true that Dual-Credit just helps you get into state schools and AP helps nationally? Is my school trying to force us to go to a Texas school? lol. What happens if you are applying to a school abroad? I'm thinking about applying for Oxford eventually. And do colleges look at unweighted or weighted GPA, anyways?

Sorry if these are dumb questions.. next year I'll be a junior so I'm trying to learn now how to be savvy with these sorts of things.
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Replies to: Questions on Honors, Dual Credit, Pre-AP, and AP classes in high school

  • PhilsophydudePhilsophydude Registered User Posts: 429 Junior Member
    In my school

  • Gryffon5147Gryffon5147 Registered User Posts: 3,765 Senior Member
    Dual Credit

    I actually have no idea what dual credit means. And yes, honors and pre-AP seem to be similar things.

    Colleges consider your application in the context of your school. They will notice that your school offers few AP classes, and your counselor's recommendation on the rigor of your coursework compared to your classmates will help even more.

    Oh... and UK admissions are a strange, strange world. If the name "Oxford" is the only thing piquing your interest into applying, I suggest you look closely at the actual details involved before telling all of your friends that you're leaving them all for Europe.
  • SadHippoSadHippo Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    Dual Credit means you get two sets of credits. You will get the credit for the class in high school and college just by passing the class. However, there are some schools that don't accept dual credit which means it wouldn't have given you college credit. There are also a few colleges that will not accept certain AP exams as college credit but that stuff all varies. I would like to note that after reading responses to a similar question as you posted, most schools weight dual credit less than AP. My school actually does weight them the same. So I would think the level of prestige goes AP, Dual Credit, then honors.
  • waitingforivywaitingforivy Registered User Posts: 878 Member
    1. IB/AP (Mostly IB classes, only 2 AP classes)
    2. Honors
    3. Accelerated
    4. Regular
  • esthetiqueesthetique Registered User Posts: 1,106 Senior Member
    I think our school makes you pay for Dual Credits. I don't know, i might be confusing this with something else.
    Oh and Honors is definitely below AP
  • SadHippoSadHippo Registered User Posts: 486 Member
    I think you are right. There is some $400 fee at my school for dual credit however the school does pays that fee instead of you. There is a lot of paper work that the student has to fill out to be in a dual credit and I don't think that everyone gets the class that tries to.
  • esthetiqueesthetique Registered User Posts: 1,106 Senior Member
    We have to pay $100. I'd rather pay $83 for the AP exam than $100 to get credits.
  • vballchick08vballchick08 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    Ugh, if its better and cheaper to have AP then why is my school using Dual Credit instead? Does one have to be in an AP class to take an AP test? Because Oxford looks at the scores you get on AP tests.. and if my school has no AP's does that mean I'm a goner? Or they'll just look for an equivalent of it. Which would be what?

    Oxford is my dream school, hah. I want to do PPE, cause I'm pretty interested in that sort of thing, and want to work in the FCO. I may be too optimistic but I'm determined to do really well my last 2 years of high school. And I figure that if I don't make it into Oxford, all my hard work will lead me into another great university. My philosophy is: Shoot for the moon, cause if you miss you'll still land among the stars. I'm British actually.. my family moved to America when I was 6. I miss England! So I want to move back when I'm older.
  • vballchick08vballchick08 Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    And my school is screwy because if I take summer courses they won't count for my GPA. Like if I wanted to get ahead and take a class over the summer at a college, my school won't acknowledge it and I'd have to repeat the class in school. Cause they "don't think its fair" to the other students who can't afford it. My mom thinks its the right thing to do.. but what do you think? Does it matter to colleges if people got certain classes out of the way earlier? Would it help or hurt my chances of getting into good colleges that my school wants us to actually have a life during the summer?
  • esthetiqueesthetique Registered User Posts: 1,106 Senior Member
    You don't have to take an AP class to take the AP exam. A lot of ppl here self study. I'm sure colleges will understand your situation when they look at your school's profile.
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