Dual Credit vs Advanced Placement
How do they compare?
Dual Credit (DC)
Dual Credit (DC)
- Allows high school students to simultaneously earn college credit while also earning credit at their high school
- Guaranteed college credit in Texas upon successful completion of course(s). Courses taken as dual credit are part of the Texas Collegiate Core Curriculum and will transfer as taken to ALL public colleges/universities in Texas.
- Taught by college instructors or high school teachers with the same credentials as college instructors who serve as adjuncts
- Accepted at ALL public colleges and universities in Texas, as well as, many other colleges and universities across the nation. Check the policy at each college or university. If you have questions, email the admissions office at the school you plan to attend
- Taught at the high school or at a nearby community college campus
- High school student who has met TSI eligibility for college-level coursework
- Approximately $260 per 3 semester credit hour course
- Allows students to take college-level courses and exams to earn college credit or placement while still in high school
- No credit guarantee upon completion of course(s); must pass College Board AP Exam(s) with a score of 3 or higher to get credit at Texas public institutions. Recognized at many private and out-of-state institutions, but check the institutional policy prior to testing.
- Taught by high school teachers who have specialized College Board training
- Accepted throughout the nation. Check the policy at each college or university
- Taught at the high school
- Open to any student
- $93 test fee (fee waivers may be available)