AP, IB, or DC: Which Fits You Best?
For high school students interested in college, there are things you should know to create the most desirable college application. One factor that makes a difference are the types of classes you take during high school. Taking “college-level” classes — such as advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB), or dual credit (DC) — allows students to push themselves and get an idea of how college courses are structured. Here’s a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
|Most colleges will take strong AP/IB scores; however, it is important to check the university requirements.
||Some colleges are more forgiving of lower AP grades if your overall GPA is good, but some may not be.
|These classes give you a taste of the coursework level in college.
||The difficulty in grading scale for AP classes can actually lower the GPA of some students.
|The overall cost of obtaining the credits is much cheaper than tuition at a university.
||Sometimes, there is limited variety of AP/IB courses offered at a high school.
Reminder: Due to coursework limitations, students with more than 40 hours of dual credit are not eligible to participate in alternative admission programs such as Blinn TEAM and Gateway.
|These courses are available at most high schools in Texas.
||Dual credit courses will be included on your college transcript.
|The cost of these courses is minimal, but you might have to pay for textbooks.
||Some universities could be stricter on taking transfer credits from other universities. It is important to check the university’s requirements.
|Passing a semester-long course can feel less “high stakes” than taking one exam at the end of the year which may or may not result in college credit. It reduces pressure.
||The quality of education can vary, so it is important to choose courses that will prepare you for your future college courses.