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Ways to Earn College Credit in High School

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Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment or Advanced Placement (AP) Courses – The Two Most Common Ways to Earn College Credit in High School

Classes at your high school may be offered as dual credit, AP, or sometimes offered as both (you choose how you want to earn the credit).

There are many other ways to earn college credit while in high school. Watch the video to find out more!


Detailed descriptions of Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment and Advanced Placement (AP), as well as additional credit-earning options are provided here. Choose the route that best fits your learning style and personal goals.


Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment

Students take college-level courses at their high school or on a college campus and simultaneously earn both high school and college credit for the course. Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment instructors use college-level curriculum, texts, and grading scales to create a true university educational experience. Grades earned in the high school class are recorded on an official college transcript in addition to the high school transcript. Credits are transferable between most accredited postsecondary institutions. Find out more by visiting the General Information About Concurrent Enrollment page.


Advanced Placement (AP)

AP offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. AP consists of high school courses that reflect college-level expectations. Each AP course concludes with a college-level exam administered in May. Students who perform well (generally a score of 3 or above) can receive course credit and/or advanced standing at colleges worldwide. College score requirements vary by course and postsecondary institution, and credit will not be earned if a minimum score is not achieved. Find out more about how AP courses transfer to Boise State by visiting Credit for Prior Learning in the Boise State Registrar’s website.


International Baccalaureate® (IB)

IB programs are only offered in some high schools. The curriculum is made up of six subject groups and the Diploma Program (DP) core, comprising Theory of Knowledge (TOK), Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) and the extended essay. The International Baccalaureate® (IB) assesses student work through assessment and exams. Like AP, students who perform well on DP exams can receive course credit at colleges worldwide. College score requirements vary by course and postsecondary institution, and credit will not be earned if a minimum score is not achieved. Find out more about how IB tests apply at Boise State by visiting Credit for Prior Learning in the Boise State Registrar’s website.


College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program® helps students receive college credit for what they already know. Developed by the College Board, CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program, available at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. These tests assess college-level knowledge in 33 subject areas and provide a mechanism for earning college credits without taking college courses. Find out more about CLEP testing at Boise State by visiting Credit for Prior Learning in the Boise State Registrar’s website.


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