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How do i start taking some general ed. college classes in high school?

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Rachel’s Answer

AP calculus, bio, chem, literature, history, and physics are all excellent preparation for college. They are also a great way to save money. These are free of charge classes that convert into college credit if you pass the AP exam.
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Simeon’s Answer

If you're wanting to take classes that will count as credit for college, take a look at AP classes. But make sure that the AP classes you are looking to take are accepted as credit by the colleges that you want to go to. It'd be a bummer to work hard to pass an AP exam for credit only to find out you didn't get to use that credit toward your college degree.
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Austin’s Answer

Hi Zoe,

Great question!! It's really great that you are wanting to get some college courses out of the way as it will free up your schedule to take classes that you want as well as saving you lots of money!! One great way to get some of those general education requirement classes out of the way is to take AP exams. If you school offers AP classes then you should for sure take some. If you score well enough on the exam (usually a 4 or 5) then many colleges will grant you credit, allow you to sign up for a more advanced course, or both!! I came to my university with a semester's worth of AP credit and this allowed me to not only study abroad, but I also managed to graduate a semester early!! You should be warned though that most colleges limit you to a certain number of AP credits that can be transferred as they do not want you coming in with 2 years worth of AP credit (means less money for them).


Also, you may be able to take some college classes during the summers in high school. This is another great way to get some college courses complete but you will have to pay some money to take these class. Also be sure that your college accepts these classes as this is not always the case.


I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck!!


Best,

Austin

Austin recommends the following next steps:

Take AP classes and score well on the exam (either a 4 or 5)
Explore the option to take classes at your local community college
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