Taking AP classes and eventually taking the AP tests can really mean something for your college career. It can mean taking care of college credits while still in high school in order to get ahead in a college career. However some subjects may be a little too challenging and you may not get the passing score to get the college credit. Or you might not be able to take an AP course during your time in high school and do not have the chance to take one at all. You don’t need to stress out about it too much, however, as there are other options to obtain the credit you may need.
For certain subjects such as languages or math classes, it’s pretty common to take a placement test to see what class you’ll best fit into. At some schools, they’ll let those placement tests count as credit so you may score high enough to where you don’t have to take any of those classes for that specific requirement. This is a great option as since these are required in places, it may not cost any money to do, so you will be saving money in the long run. Plus if you happen to score higher than what you need, you could start at a higher level in that subject as well as knock out other requirements you may have for your major.
Another option is to take the class at the community college. If your school has a fairly high tuition and you don’t want to pay that amount to get certain classes such as general education requirements, out of the way, you could take those classes at a lower rate at community college. Most AP courses will cover an introductory course or two, so those classes will definitely be available at your local colleges. Just make sure to check with your college to see which classes will transfer for which credits.
Speaking of community courses, depending on your state, you may be able to take the course in an actual college. You could go through a college or university and take some required classes for free as a high school student. This is called post-secondary. You will have the chance to experience college first hand and also be graded just like any other student in the class. This is especially useful if you plan on going to that specific college afterwards as you then won’t have to transfer any credits.
Finally you could just take the course at the regular rate at your college. If you have the space in your schedule and can afford to take the time to take general requirements and introductory courses, then you should go for it. You won’t have to pay extra money for the AP tests and study guides or having to transfer community college courses. Plus you’ll be taking them in the environment that you’ll be taking all of your other classes so you could take them with friends you make in college.
These options are available for everyone as some people just may feel overwhelmed in high school and either didn’t understand the material well enough to take the test or they don’t have the time to take an AP course at all. For some people, they might not be ready to take on college level material and that’s completely fine. But there are other options so some people can get those credits in a different way while handling what they can in high school.
Whichever method you decided to choose, as long as you end up obtaining the credit you need in order to graduate, you should take the route that best fits your life and schedule. Handling college level courses at a high school level can be challenging. But there are these options to make both your high school and college life possible. At the end of the day, AP tests are helpful because you can show what you learned throughout the year and that college credit is just a bonus factor that may save you some money and stress down the road.