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Get College Credits Without The College Price Tag!

Are you a high school student looking to start your college education early? Or are you a parent looking to save money on your child’s tuition?

One option is to simply start taking classes early. As a high schooler, you can take general education courses at your local community college, either during the school year or over the summer! Many academic summer camps also offer college credits when they are hosted by a university.

There are also a couple of courses and tests that are available to get college credit or advanced placement upon going to the college of your choice. These tests are the AP (Advanced Placement) and the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Program. Most colleges will give college credits for these programs if you have a high enough score, but some will only allow you to skip the lower level course for a higher level one with no credits offered. If you feel that you have already accomplished a mastery of college studies in one subject, you might even want to take the CLEP (College Level Examination Program). We will exam all three tests and you should be able to decide which you need or prefer at the end of this paper. What is the AP (Advanced Placement) course and exams?

This is an advanced program for high school students who want to earn college credit while still in high school that is regulated by the College Board. These are very desired on the college application and most colleges are familiar with the curriculum for the AP course. 90% of colleges will honor a high AP exam score in exchange for college credits, advanced placement or both. These exams are taken in May and the scores are received in July. These exams are given and graded by the College Board.

You do not have to take the course to be eligible for the exam but it sure helps. The scoring is from 1 to 5 with 1 being "no recommendation" and 5 being "very well qualified". These courses and exams are much more rigorous than high school classes and if you are not doing well in a particular course, you should not take these classes. Review books for these classes and exams are commercially available. What are the IB (International Baccalaureate) courses and exams?

This course is mandated by the International Baccalaureate Organization in Cardiff, Wales. These courses include papers as well as exams that are graded by the B-CC external assessors. These tests are given in May and scores are received in July. Grades are from 1 to 7. Students may earn a certificate for grades of 4 or better.

If you opt to be an "IB diploma student" it is a 2-year specific set of courses, the Theory of Knowledge course, a 4,000-word Extended Essay, and 150 hours of creativity, action, and service hours. Courses can either be standard level (one or two years followed by the IB exam) or higher-level courses. A student may take either a standard level or high-level class but not both.

Only juniors and seniors are eligible for the IB classes and exam and must complete 3 higher level courses to receive the IB certificate. You must also have at least 24 credits, based on the test scores of 1-7, to be eligible for the certificate. Students must prepare for this course in the 9th and 10th grades because they need to take certain classes in order to take the IB courses in the junior and senior years.